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PRACTICAL ESSAYS

The Collects

IN THE

LITURGY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.

O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE Omniscience of God is a subject of

| meditation which, while it is replete with terror to the wicked, affords strong consolation to the penitent believer. Faith in Christ interprets every Divine attribute to our advantage, and enables us to contemplate all His awful perfections with serenity and delight. The dawn of day, which drives the felon to his hiding-place, gives confidence, comfort, and security to the faithful citizen. What the heathen moralist pretended to on the score of personal purity, the humble believer actually enjoys through faith in Christ and the testimony of a conscience cleansed by atoning blood. For

VOL. II.

- whoso hearkeneth” to the voice of wisdom speaking in the Gospel, “ shall dwell safely, and " shall be quiet from fear of evil.”* Prov. i. 33.

Our collect contains, `An appeal to Divine Omniscience--and A prayer addressed to Divine Omnipotence,

We therein appeal to Divine Omniscience with a view to the comfort of our souls under their manifold troubles, and for the purpose of exciting confidence in the prayer which we afterwards offer. “God knoweth us to be set in the midst « of so many and great dangers, that we cannot " always stand upright."

That our spiritual dangers are " many and “ great,” is too evident to need much illustration. It appears from the warnings, the promises and exhortations of Scripture, from the offices of Christ and His Spirit, from the feelings and confessions of the saints in all ages, and from our own past experience, if indeed we are true pilgrims who are journeying through the wilderness of this world towards the heavenly Canaan. The warnings which abound in the sacred pages against unbelief, pride, self-sufficieney, selfrighteousness, love of the world, despondency,

* Integer vitæ, scelerisque purus,

Non eget Mauri jaculis, neque arcu,
Nec venenatis gravida sagittis,

Fusce, pharetra ;
Sive per Syrtes iter æstuosas,
Sive facturus per inhospitalem
Caucas!ım, vel quæ loca fabulosus

Lainbit Iaspes. This ode is certainly beautiful; but it will not bear a comparison with the 23d Psalm. "The Lord is my Shepherd,” &c. “ Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of *• death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me, thy rod " and thy staff, they coin fort me.”

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