A living dog keeps better watch than a dead lion, and is of more service to his master; and so the poorest spiritual preacher is infinitely to be preferred to the exquisite orator who has no wisdom but that of words, no energy but that of sound.
The like holds good of our prayers and other religious exercises; if we are quickened in them by the Holy Spirit, they are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, though we may think them to be worthless things; while our grand performances in which our hearts were absent, like dead lions, are mere carrion in the sight of the living God.
O for living groans, living sighs, living despondencies, rather than lifeless songs and dead calms.
Better anything than death.
The snarlings of the dog of hell will at least keep us awake, but dead faith and dead profession, what greater curses can a man have?
Quicken us, quicken us, O Lord!