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ALMIGHTY GOD, who dwellest in the high and holy place, with him also that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at thy word,' mercifully attend to the cry of a lost sinner, who desires to approach thee in the name and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ !
'I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, for I have sinned against Heaven and in thy sight. God be merciful to me a sinner.'
But who is a God like unto thee, pardoning iniquity, transgression and sin! Thou delightest in mercy.' Thou hast often called when I have refused.' Thou now criest in my heart, Turn ye, for why will ye die ? Turn thou mne, O Lord, and I shall be turned. Heal me, and I shall be healed. Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.'
Glory to thy holy name, that when I forgot thee thou didst remember me; and still saidst, Seek ye my face. Pour upon me now thy promised Spirit of grace and supplication ;' and incline my heart to reply, • Thy face, Lord, will I seek !' Yea, I will seek thee with my whole heart;' for 'blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causeth to approach unto thee ! Remember me,' therefore, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people! O visit me with thy salvation, that I may see the good of thy chosen.'
Let'the Spirit of Truth lead me into all truth :' and so 'Open the eyes of my understanding, that I may' savingly understand the Scriptures,' and find that wisdom which giveth life to them that have it.'
And, since thou hast given eternal life so freely, and declared this life, to be only in thy Son, grant that I
may not be of 'them that draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul :' that my trust may be alone in the Lord, my Redeemer ; yea, God forbid that ould glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ ! Give me rest, through his labour; health from his wounds: and life, by his death!
Grant also, O my Heavenly Father, that I'may know what is the exceeding greatness of his power in them that believe ! Let thy Spirit be a living spring in my heart, springing up unto everlasting life. Make me a living branch in the true vine,' that I may 'bring forth much fruit' to thy glory. May I feel the joy of the Lord,' to be my strength;' and find in every trial, his 'grace sufficient for me!'
Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, in sending these thy promised mercies !—and that 'thy hand may be with me' in my station, 'keeping me from the evils' and temptations which attend it! Bless me, and make me a blessing to those whom I serve, to those that serve with me, and to all my
relations ! As a servant, enable me to walk before thee; acting as in thy sight, and as serving thee, while I serve those whom thou hast placed over me. Bless, O Lord, the family in which I live ; and help me to walk before them with all humility of mind,' with truth and soberness, diligence and patience; "doing to others as I would they should do unto me,” that I may 'adorn the doctrine of God my Saviour in all things !
As a pilgrim, travelling from Time to Eternity, help me to walk by faith, and not by sight. As my day is,' let "my strength be. Show me the path wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto thee:' and 'hold thou me up' in it, and I shall be safe!
As a helpless and dying worm, to whom should I go but unto thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life.'
Thou hast promised all I want; nor can I let thee go, ' except thou bless me.'
Graciously protect me, while I live: support me, when I come to die! Save, oh save me from the worm that never dieth ! and bring me, through the merits of my Redeemer, to that rest which remaineth for the people of God.
In his name, and for his sake alone, I ask these mercies; to whom, with Thyself and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end! Amen!
ADDRESS TO THE CHILDREN
ATTENDING THE SCHOOLS FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION, AT ST. JOHN'S
CHAPEL, BEDFORD ROW,
Occasioned by the Happy Death of one of their Schoolfellows.
Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed
them to babes....MATT. xi. 25.
Your friends lately set up a school for your religious instruction : and, as they would do you good in any way, and by every method they can think of, they desire now to put another tract into your hands. It is a short account of one of your schoolfellows. It will show you the benefit of religious instruction, as well as the blessing which God has already given to the endeavours of your friends. Above all, we publish it with a hope that it will encourage you to be followers of one of
your number, who has lately through faith and patience inherited the promises.'
This little boy (whom most of you knew) was the son of Mr. James Watt, of Eyre Street; whose office it is to go continually round the chapel, to see that strangers are seated whenever there is room.
Mr. Watt has been desired to give some account of his child, and he writes as follows : “I became a hearer at St. John's Chapel about eight years ago, and took my son, then not five years old, with me.” Observe here, dear children, that a parent taking his child to God's house, puts him in the way of God's blessing, for, 'them that honour him, he will honour; I Sam. ii. 30.
Mr. Watt goes on to say, “I was soon surprised at the quickness with which he found out the different parts of the Church Service: he would stand on a seat in the aisle by my side, and join me in singing praises to God.” Don't you see here, that, if some children are idle, inattentive, and disorderly at church, it is not because they CANNOT join in the worship with their parents, and profit by the service, but because they are wicked? Pray consider this, lest you provoke God on the very day, and in the very church which he hath appointed to prepare you for his church above,-and lest, in the Day of Judgment this child should be a witness against you.
But let us go on with Mr. Watt's account. "Some time after, several children who stood about the Chapel were collected together, among whom was my son: they used to attend at the house of Mr.
o to repeat the Scriptures and Hymns which he set them. My son met with encouragement there, both from Mr. and Mrs. whọ separately bestowed books upon him; and once, when he had received more books than others, my son told me that Mr. desired them not to fall out by the way
“ Soon after this the School for Religious Instruction was most happily instituted, by which he obtained help from the different superintendents; but, being more immediately under Mr. -, I must beg to refer to him, as well as to the other gentleman, for the observations they made on his conduct; and also to Mr. Mathews, the schoolmaster, as to his behaviour during the time of Divine service."
From these gentlemen, and from Mr. Mathews, we learn that William Watt was of a sickly habit, but had a strong memory--That his great attention to instruction encouraged those who taught him, and naturally drew their attention to him in return. The phy