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mist has in this Pfalm, where he has de- SERM. scrib’d, or rather drawn out, a small Sketch of
I. the Power and Wisdom of God, given us many sublime Ideas of the almighty Creator,' yet when he found the Theme was infinite, and the Labour endless, he sums up all in this pathetical Exclamation, O Lord! how manifold are thy Works! in Wisdom haft thou made them all. Which Words naturally lead us to consider the Wisdom of God in the Creation of the World. And accordingly I propose to shew,
I. That the Works of the Creation are not the Effects of Chance, but of an allwise Gud.
II. I will make some Reflections upon the Whole.
First, then, I am to shew that the Works of the Creation are not the Effects of Chance, but of an all-wise God. And
amidst the infinite Variety of Things, where shall we begin, or where shall we end ? Shall we view this Earth, which we inhabit ? Here every thing, whether animate or inanimate, declares itself to be the Effect of infinite Wisdom and Contrivance ; and A 2
SERM. God is seen in all his Works. Aniongit the I. animate let us consider Man, who is de
nominated the Image of the Almighty; and he, we find, is fearfully and wonderfully made. If we view the curious Frame of his Body, the admirable Composure of his Limbs, the wonderful Disposition of all the Parts for Use as well as Ornament ; and indeed in this respect Nature has been very liberal and bountiful to us, in giving us two of a Sort of those Parts which are most useful and necessary ; thus we are furnished with two Eyes, two Hands, two Feet, &c. not only to complete the Harmony of the whole Composition, but that one might in some measure supply the Defect or Failure of another. But now if we look within, and view the Springs and Movements that set this wonderful Machine a going, the amazing Contexture of the Fibres, with a thousand minute Parts inserted thro'out the Whole, all conspiring to carry on the great Ends of Life, a particular Description of which may be seen in Books on that Subject: If we consider for every Action and Motion without, as for Example, whether we eat, drink, walk, fpeak, or whatever we do, the Miracles that are at the same time performing within to produce these
Effects; Effects; I say, if we view this curious Frame, Serm.
I. compos'd, as is thought, according to the strictest Rules of Geometrical Proportion, we shall see the whole World in Epitome. Thus much for the Body ; but if we'view the immortal Soul, that acts upon
this Body, how, or by what Means, we know not, and gives it Power to perform the Operations of a rational Creature, yet enables a Man tò contemplate the Works of God, and to refleet upon
the Wisdom and Contrivance of them, and in this respect lifts him up above the rest of the Creation, what shall we say of it, but reckon it the Effect of infinite Wisdom?
As to the animal World, tho’it does not come up to the Perfection of the rational, yet 'tis altogether as perfect in its Kind, every Creature having such Faculties, as are excellently adapted to it, according to the Rank in which it stands in the Universe. Who can sufficiently admire the Sagacity of some, the Subtilty of others, and the extraordinary Care aad Tenderness of all over their Young, to the everlasting Shame of many rational Creatures ? The Cunning of the Fox, the Docility and Tractableness of the Dog, and the Industry of the Ant, are things very wonderful and surprizing!
SERM. The inimitable Net-work of the Spider, the
as of the Bird, who buildeth her Nest on
first Creation of Matter is indeed very won- Serm. derful ; but how it could be diversified into
I. such an endless Multitude of Forms is altogether as niuch to be admir'd.
Shall we now lift up our Eyes above this Globe, and take a Prospect of the upper Regions, where the Heavens declare the Glory of God, and the Firmament Jeweth bis Handy-works ? there the Power and Wifdom of the Creator are equally conspicuous. And here no Pencil ever drew a Copy equal to this bright Original! Who hath stretch'd out the Heavens like a Curtain, or form'd so splendid a Canopy? The immense Prospect lies before us, thousands of dazzling Orbs promiscuously ranged entertain our wondering Speculations, and who knows where the uniform Disorder ends ? We gaze away our Sight amidst the Swarm of Worlds, and are tir'd with Wonder and Delight. What a vast Number of fix'd Stars can we discern with our Eyes! how many more by the Help of Instruments, and perhaps an infinite Number more, which neither Eye nor Instrument can discover! all which, as we learn by the modern Improvements in Astronomy, are so many Suns, each of which, according to the antient Calculations, is above 160 Times big