To debar death from our thoughts, and the future eternal world from our meditations-will neither render us immortal, nor afford us a triumphant dismissal from this into the eternal world-but must make our exit dreadful, and our latter end a scene of ineffable anguish. While, on the other hand, we never enjoy the pleasures of life, the sweets of society, and the endearments of our friends and families, with a better relish-than when serious thoughts of death and eternity predominate in our mind. We should study- 1. To have a practical belief in the future eternal states of both heaven and hell. 2. Not to be much elated with prosperity. 3. Not to be much dejected by adversity. 4. To more and more be weaned from the world, and to have our conversation more and more in heaven. 5. To have frequent meditations on death and eternity; and then, when death comes, we may be made, not only submissive to our dissolution-but long to depart, and be ravished in the prospect of our being forever with the Lord.