Watts - Houston-Packer Collection BX5207.W3 S4x 1805 v.1

SERId. VLj SINS AND SOXICOWs SPREAD BEFORE .00D.. 5g lege. Blessed Enoch ! Who could walk with God in the midst of all the busy and vicious scenes of the old world ! and he was translated toheaven, without calling dt the gates of death, that, he might give a glorious tes- timony to men how well God was pleased with .him. Happy soul ! that could keep near to . God, and main- tain .a holy and humble converse with him,. when all flesh had corrupted its way, and the earth Was full of iniquity and violence! Blessed man ! who knew not what it was to die, but he knewwhat it was to be near to God ; and his faith and his devotion were changed the shortest way into sight and enjoyment ! Happy spirit+ who, without being absent at all from the body, was brought near to the seat of divine majesty, and in the fullest manner present with the Lord ! HYMN FOR SERMON P:. THE SOUL DRAWING NEAR TO GOD .IN PRAYER. MY God, I bow before thy feet, When shall my soul get near thy seat? When shall I see thy glorioni face, With mingled majesty and grace? How should I love thee, and adore, With hopes and joys unknown before ! And bid this trifling world be gone, Nor teaze my heart so near thy throne! Creatures with all their charms should fly, The presence of a God so nigh : My darling sins should lose their name, And grow my hatred, and my shame. My soul shall pour ont all her cares, In flowing words, or flowing.tears; Thy smiles would ease my sharpest paia, Nor should I seek my God in vain. SERMON VI. SINS AND SORROWS SPREAD BEFORE GOD. JOB xxiii. 5, 4. .0 that I knewwhere I :might find him! that I might come even to his seat; I wouldorder my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. THE SECOND PART. THERE,is such a thing as converse with, God in prayer, and it is the life and pleasure of a pious soul : without it we are no christians; and he that practises it most,. is