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DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION, TO
This Work, the object of which is to aid the worshipper in understanding the Word of God when read in the congregation, is dedicated to your Royal Highness with all respect and honour.
Indeed, since no earthly consideration more avails to promote a due reverence for the Word of God, than the example of those in whom private worth and illustrious station meet, I must hope that your Royal Highness's gracious adoption of the Work will most powerfully encourage others in a closer attention to the important truths conveyed in it.
That your Royal Highness and Her Majesty the
Queen may long live a blessing to each other, and
the joy of our land, is the daily fervent prayer of
Her Majesty's loyal Subject,
Your Royal Highness's obedient Servant,
August 4, 1840.
The aim of the present work is to aid the worshipper in so hearkening, when the word of God is read by the minister in the assembled congregation, that each one may the better understand its application to his own condition; and feel its warnings or encouragements, its threatenings or its promises, as addressed to himself individually.
To this end I have endeavoured to compress the instruction conveyed in each lesson, by supplying concise and apposite reflections, in the hope that the reader may be induced to carry on the thought suggested by me; pursue it to his edification ; and during his services in the house of prayer, find the Word to be as living waters, supplying fresh streams of comfort, strengthening and refreshing him.
Having led to the fountain, I leave the thirsting soul to drink thereof.