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1844 Excerpt: ...thai it is no long course to the utmost period of
life; yet our hearts are little instructed by this knowledge. How
great need have we to pray this prayer with David here, or that
with Moses, Teach us to number our days, that ice may apply our
hearts unto wisdom. Psalm ic. 12. Did we indeed know and consider
how quickly we shall pass hence, it were not possible for us to
cleave so fast to the things of this life, and, as foolish
children, to wade in ditches, and fill our laps with mire and dirt;
to prefer base earth and flesh to immortality and glory. That I may
know how frail I am. Most part of men are foolish, inconsiderate
creatures, like unto the very beasts that perish, Psalm xlix. 12,
only they are capable of greater vanity and misery; but, in as
irrational a tvay, they toil on and hurry themselves in a
jnultitude of business, by multitudesof desires, fears, and hopes,
and know not whither all lends. But one well-advised thought of
this one thing, would temper them in their hottest pursuits, if
they would but think how frail they are, how vain a passing thing,
not only these their particular desires and projects are, lmt they
themselves, and their whole life. David prays that he may know his
end, and his prayer is answered; Behold, thou hast made my days as
a hand-breadth. If we were more in requests of this kind, we should
receive more speedy and certain answers. If this be our request, to
know ourselves, our frailties and vanity, we shall know that our
days are few and evil, know both the brevity and vanity of them.
Ver. 5. Thou hast measured out my days M a hand-breadth. That is
oneof the shortest measures. We need not long lines to measure our
lives by: each one carries a measure about with him, his own hand;
that is the longest and fullest measur...
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