Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.3

kÿifdom the Strength of the Mind1 97 ble; when thou li down, thou (halt not be S E R M< afraid; yea, thou (halt lie down, and thy IV. fleep (hall be feet. And the following words, in the 25th verfe, may be under- flood as a continuation of the promife, Be not afraid of fudden fear, neither of the de- folation of the wicked when it cometh. But, to explain this more particularly, let us ob- ferve, that religious wifdom fupporteth the mind againfi the fear of uncomfortable events in life, becaufe it reprefenteth them as too inconfiderable to affect our main interefts. That which naturally maketh us folicitous about any future event is, the opinion we have of its importance to us ; if we appre- hend it to be of fmall moment, the founda- tion of fear is taken away. This is the rea- fon why men of weak and corrupt minds are thrown into fuch confufion when any danger threateneth their worldly concerns, becaufe they regard them as their All, and cannot relieve themfelves by looking up to a fuperior intereft, which is fafe, and out of the reach of danger. But the good man is fatisfied from hin f lf, his integrity is his chief treafure ; and while that remaineth untouched, he is fecure againft every thing in this world which can befal him, and V o L. III. I-I meeteth