On the Pleasures of Religion
Psalm 19:11
Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

"What is the chief good?" was the great inquiry of the ancient schools; and the different answers to this question formed the principal distinctions amongst the various sects of philosophy. Happiness is the end of all the pursuits of men; it is the object of all their sighs. Yet are they almost always disappointed in the means which are taken to obtain it. They follow the dictates of their passions. And it is not till after they have sought it in vain through every form of false pleasure that they come at length to find it, where alone reason and religion have concurred to place it, in obedience to God and a life of virtue. Here the anxious mind finds a calm and settled peace which it had not known, and which it could not know amid the agitations of the world. I purpose, in this discourse, to confine my view to the internal comforts that flow from religion. It offers the highest satisfactions to the mind; it yields the purest pleasures to the heart; it introduces serenity and peace into the breast; and finally, it affords a source of happiness which is always within our power, which is secure from the vicissitudes of life, and which shall be eternal.

(S. S. Smith, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

WEB: Moreover by them is your servant warned. In keeping them there is great reward.

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