- The work of complete reformation appeared so difficult, that
Asa had not courage to attempt it, till assured of Divine
assistance and acceptance. He and his people offered sacrifices
to God; thanksgiving for the favours they had received, and
supplication for further favours. Prayers and praises are now
our spiritual sacrifices. The people, of their own will,
covenanted to seek the Lord, each for himself, with earnestness.
What is religion but seeking God, inquiring after him, applying
to him upon all occasions? We make nothing of our religion, if
we do not make heart-work of it; God will have all the heart, or
none. Our devotedness to God our Saviour, should be avowed and
shown in the most solemn and public manner. What is done in
hypocrisy is a mere drudgery.