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

118 The Favour of God obtained by Wifdom. S E R M. even of a poor man is bis kindnfs, and ought V. to be gratefully acknówledged; bue one cannot form fuch hopes from it, as from the friend- fhip of the great, whofe exalted condition putteth many things in their power to give, which we effeem good for us. Now, if God hath the fupreme and abfolute dominicn over all things ; if, as the Pfalmiff faith, Pfal. xxxiii. 9. He fpake and it was done, he commanded and it flood fall. And verfe I I. The couafel of the Lord fandeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Then that muff be a juff inference, ver. 12. Bl fed is the nation whole God is the Lord, and the people whom he bath chofen fer his own inheritance. It is impoffible his favou- rites fhould be unhappy, becaufe he neither wanteth power to effe ± what his good -will inclineth to, nor wifdom to contrive the bell method for their fafety and advantage. The account, therefore, which the faints in fcripture give of what they. call their por- tion, the happinefs they chufe, in which all their delires and hopes center, as in oppo- fition to the very different choices made by others ; the accounts, I fay, are very fhort indeed, but very full ; the light of God's countenance, his bleffing, his loving-kind- nefs.