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excite and enlarge holy and devout Affections in our Hearts. There is none of us but must be sensible, that we might turn our Thoughts this Way more frequently than we do ; and a Mind duly disposed to this sacred Excercise would find many Opportunities for making delightful Excursions into the Works of God in the World about us, and admiring his glorious Perfections as manifested in them. One particular Design of fetting a Part One Day in seven to the Purpofes of Religion is declared to be this, that we should commemorate the Creation of the World. We do not therefore answer the Intention of that wise Institution, if we do not frequently contemplate the invihble Things of God, which are clearly seen from the Creation of the World, being understood by the Things which are made, even his eternal Power and Godhead. This would have a manifest Tendency to form us to a devout and truly religions Temper of Mind, and to produce in us a pure and sublime Delight to which no Aeshly Gratifications are worthy to be compared.

When we behold that glorious Body the Sun, and feel its chearing Influences and Beams, which diffuse Light and Warmth to numberless Beings : When we view the ample Sky spread out as a fair and magnificent Canopy over our Heads, and oblerve the Balancings of the Clouds, with all their beautiful and grateful Variety of Shades and Colourings : When we hear the Winds blow, and the Thunder roar, and see the Rains descend with Wa. ter and refresh the Earth; and feel the Air breathing upon us its balmy and revia ving Influence: When we observe the orderly Returns of the Seasons, the Beauties of the blooming Spring, the Summer and Autumn with their delicious Fruits and joyful Harvest, and even the Rigours of Winter, and the pleafing Varieties of a frosty Scene and a snowy Landscape, all useful and beautiful in their Season: When we survey the vast Ocean, that astonishing Collection of Waters in which there, are innumerable living Creatures, some of them. huge in Bulk, and all of them peculiarly fitted for inhabiting the watery Element: When we behold the high aspiring Mountains, and lowly Vales, and wide-extended Plains; the verdant Fields, and winding Brooks and Rivers ; the Woods and Groves, with their stately Trees and humble Shrubs and Plants; the Flowers in all their exquisite Beauties ; with the several kinds of Herbage and Grain,

which furnish Food for Man and Beast : When we turn our Eyes to the numberless Animals that live and move around us, the Fowls of the Air and Beasts of the Field; fome of them remarkable for their Beauty, others for their Strength; some to be admired for their Swiftness, others for their Courage, or for their Sagacity and the Acuteness of their Senses; and contributing in various Ways to the Convenience or Entertainment of human Life: When we farther consider that in the Night Seafons, whilft Darkness seems to hide the Beauties of the Creation, and to spread a Vail over this lower World, a new and glorious Prospect openeth to us, than which nothing can be better fitted to strike the Mind with a pleasing Astonishment: When we behold the Moon shining in it's Brightness, the Firmament all glowing with innumerable Stars which sparkle in our Sight, and which, in the Judgment of those who have most carefully examined these Things, are Bodies. of amazing Magnitude as well as Splendor, ' removed at a vast Distance from our Earth and from one another. But, above all, when we attentively consider the wonderful Structure of our own Bodies, and the noble and excellent Faculties of Vol. III.



our Souls, by which we are so far raised above the brute Animals, and are made after the Divine Image, capable of a sublime and everlasting Felicity: Surely in all these Things a religious Mind may trace the illustrious Footsteps of the Deity, and find Matter of delightful Admiration! A good Man can never want Entertainment, when he hath the Works of God continually before his Eyes. He hath a far nobler Pleafure in them than other Men, for they not only gratify his Curiosity, but raise his Devotion. He ascendeth above these outward sensible Things to the great invisible Author, and whilft he contemplateth the Works of Nature in the World above him, he confidereth himself as surrounded

surrounded by the bright Beams of the Divinity, the glorious Evidences of infinite Wisdom, Power, and Goodness. He sees the great Name of God inscribed in legible Characters upon every part of this vast universal Frame, and can say concerning all Things around him, These are tbe Works of God. The whole world is to him an august Temple of the Divinity, replenished with his Presence and Glory; à magniffrent Palace, gloriously decorated and adorned by a Divine Hand. Others may amuse



III. 67 themselves with the Beauties of the Creation, without looking farther ; but he beholdeth, loveth, adoreth God in them. Thus did the pious Psalmist : An excellent Specimen of which, we have in the ciyth. Pfalm, that admirable Hymn of Praise in which he stirreth up his Soul, and all his inward Powers, to bless and praise the Lord for his Works of Creation and Providence; and concludes with this Divine Resolution, I will fing unto the Lord as long as I live; I will fing Praises unto my God whilft I have any Being : My Meditation of him shall be sweet ; I will be glad in the Lord. Pf. civ. 33, 34. In like Manner, in the cxlviiith Psalm, he calleth upon all the Orders of Creatures, from the highest to the meanest, to form one universal Concert for celebrating the Praises of the great Creator and Parent of the Universe. To the same Purpose in the ciii Pfalm, after having addressed himfelf to the holy Angels, the noblest Order of created Beings, to bless the Lord, he adds, Bless the Lord, all his Works, in all Places of bis Dominion : Bless the Lord, 0 my

Soul. Pf. ciiid. 20, 21, 22. What happy Lives do those lead who thus take Occasion from the Objects which daily present themselves to their View,

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