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you rather dy than willingly offend your Savoir that died for you? Are you going to hang all remaining affection to 'em upon his Cross; that there they may be perfe&t y crucified, and never takeri down till by continued Meditation on it they be quite dead? Let us Resolve then to go and tell Him as much : to declare and show to Him that this is the fease ofour hearts. Only to ask our seives again; what appetites do you feel in you? are you going as thirsty men to drink; or hungry men to their füod; ora Bride to the marriage of a chosen foal, dearer than all the world be fides? Or do you feel something like those things in your hearts? What is it that you hunger and thirst after? Is it his · Divine Grace and Holy spirit? Do you long to be more like Him, and made partakers of his Divine Nature ? are you going to make a new resignation of your felves to Him, to be made one spirit with Him, never any more to depart from Him? Then let us think how the Bridegroom will welcome us : how our Savior, I mean, will declare and set forth his Love to us; and give us assurances that his mercy indureth for ever; and bid us rejoyce and be execeding glad in what Ile has done already, and in the hopes we have of what He will do hereafter. And here we may call to mind how the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us : how He manifested forth his Glory by his Won. derful Works: how He taught us the way to Eternal life; and at last was betray'd and deliver'd into the hands of finful men, and was crucified and died for us: with all the rest that concerns the knowledge of Christ. That' fo we may have it more ready in our thoughts, when we come to his Table; to do this in commemoration of Him. In this manner also we may bewail the fins of our former life : fue for a 'pardon of what is past; and befeech the gra'ce of his Holy spirit , to affift our Resolutions of well-doing for the time to come.
S. 3. TEBRUARY. LET us think with our Selves; It is now a Month [op more] since our Lord did us the honor to entertain us at his Tá. ble. Where have we been ever since that happy time? what have we been doing? have we never gone to return Him thanks for that grace bestowed on us? have we been perfe& ftrangers to Him who loves us so much, who fpake
10 kindly then unto us? and gave us such assurar.ce of his everlasting kindness? O shameless ingratitude? how shall we be able ever to look Him in the face any more? We fhill sink and dy under the lead of such a fearful guilt. But I hope the case is not altogether so bad with us. Have we not sometimes reflected on his incomparable Lore? have we not indeavor’d to preserve some memory of the benefirsHe hath done unto us? Is there not still a little sense of 'em remaining in our hearts? We would fain incourage our selves tu wait again upon our Lord. Pardon us, O God, if we prefume again to enter into thy gates with thanksgiving, and into thy Courts with praise : to eat of the Bread which came down from heaven; to show, forth the Lord's Death; to represent to our God the Sacrifice He made for th' atonement of our sins : and, by vertue of it, humbly to expect the continuance of his pardon; to renew our Covenant with Him; and to receive news confirmations of the truth of his promises to us. Let us awake all our holy thoughts, our Faith, our Love, and every other grace, till we can say with David, Our hearts are fixed, o God, our hearts are prepared, we will sing and give praise, PS. 57: 7. Let us go and shew Him how our hearts have been wounded with the thoughts of his Love; how all our sins have been bleed. ing to death; how ready we are to offer up our felves in facrifice to Him. Let us show Him how resolv'd we are to walk co still more steadily in his holy ways; to imploy all the renewed strength we shall receive, in his hearty Service; and to go forth in the joy of the Lord to do his Will with greatur humility, freedom, and chearfulness of fpir. it. Then we may think we hear that voice. of Wisdom, Prob. 9.5. Come eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled, Or that of the divine Lover, Cant.5.1. Eat , O friends drink, yen, drink abundantly, O beloved and say, as Pfalm. 63.5. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatnefs: and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips. For Christ Himself fays, $. mat. 5.3. 11. Blessed are the poor in spirit . for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Bleffed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled, Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart : for they shall be called the children of Godi Blessed are they which ave perse
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for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shallrevile you , und persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsly for my fake, As He will one day say to such Tome ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation ofthe World:ch. 25. 34. so now He-authorizes his Ministers to say, Come, ye e blessed fouls, receive the tokens of his Love, some earnests of future bliss; and rejoyce in hopes of his heavenly kingdom. He has not only prepared for us a Kingdom hereafter, but asthe Psalmist speaks in another case, Pf. 23.5.He has here prepared a Table for us, and anoints our heads with oil, [that gladness where withour royal High.Priest is crowned) and makes our Cup [bis celestial blefings poured on us , ] to run over. Let us go then, and humbly receiye that Cup of Blefling, to which He invites us. Let ys bless the Lord, and speak good of his Name : defiring that all Mankind may be bleffed in Him; all Nations
call Him blessed.Pf. 72.17. Co the wicked, indeed God faith, Whathajt thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou should take my cou. enant in thy mouth? seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. Ps. 50.16, 17 Chep that are in the flesh cannot please God Rom. 8. 8, The works of the flesh are manifeft. which are these, Adultery, fornication . uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance , emulations, wrath, ftrife, feditions, herefies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, und such like. Gal. 5. 19, 20, 21. For them that do such things, the Psalmist says, In the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wire is red. Pl: -75. 8, but it is The cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. Rev. 16.19. True, but let us go therefore and renounce all Uaycdliness, and worldly lufts; let us crucify the flesh with all th’affections and appetites thereof. Let us ingageour hearts in that Covenant , which we haven often taken into our mouths:and protest and vow that we think it our happiness to be bis most obedient fervants. Then we need not doubt butta will accept us, and send us away with his blessing; and may address our selves as chearfully to Him, as if we heard a voice fram heaven laying, hejopce in the Lord alway: and again Ijay, Rejoyce, Phil.4.4. For The LORD hath done great tbings for
Ds, 126. 3. Tlje LORD hath made known his salvation : his righteousness bath He openly shewed in the fight of the Heathen, Pf. 98. 2. God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting lift. S. Fohn 3. 6. And therefore, Beglad, o righteous, and rejoyce in the LORD :und be joyful all ye that true of heart. Pf. 32. 12. Let us Rejoyce in God's maro lous Love, and IDait for his fon from heaven, Whom He rai from the dead, even fesus which delivered us from the wrath come, i Thes. I, 10.
S. 4. MARCH. We may consider that when God intended to make a nesa Covenant with Man, of more abundant grace and mercy that was ever known before, He was pleased to do like a Man. Ch. Word was made Flesh, and he came, and uwelt among us. S. Fohn 1.14. He declared by the mouth ofone taken from among our selves, his great good will towards us. He entred into al imaginable bonds to perform his part of that facred Covenant. He gave us his word and his oath, wo immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie Heb.6.18. He gave us his Son for a Pledgcand his son gave his Bloud for a Seal, and his Holy Spirit for an earnest of his eternal Love. Adored be the goodness of God (should we yaywithin ourselves) who has done fo much to affare the hearts of trembling and unbelieving fin. ners. Adored be his goodness, who is fo desirous we thoud be persuaded of it. Is there no way for us also to ingage our felves, and pass our word as solemnly: to Him? Can we find no bonds that are facted, wherein to tre our felves strongly.ro his service? Clefled be the Mercies of our God, who has ap. pointed two Sacraments: wherein we for our parts promise and fealto stand to the Conditions of that Covenant of gráce. But fo exceffive is his Love that He does there again likewise ingage h is fidelity to us and secures to us the Blesfing which He has promised in his holyGofpel.Ohow excellent is hisLovingKind
ness, which has given us fùch strong conso * Reekoring lation And how long is it now since we From the time of
were first Devoted to Him, and receiv'd the our Baptism. first assurances of his Love? These* years havewe been called by his Name, and made partakers of hisGrace. In our Baptism. He began to thourhis Love to us; and there we entred incò Covenant with Him, and vowed to keep his Commandmenis. What manner of fer lons ought we to be in all holy Conversation, and golliness, who are so deeply indebied to Him, wito have liv'd so long in kis Family, and been often likewise
tain'd at his Table, and receiv'd there the renewed cokens of his dearest Love! O how unwearied is his Goodness; whicb calls us once more to partake of that great favor ! Can we find in our hearts to admire any thing, to love 203 thing like unto Him? Let us go with the forwardest afection to testify how much we value his kindness : to profess the fincerity of our faith in Him, and most dutiful love to Him. Let us go and confirm th' agreement that is between us, and make a new choice of Him for our only Master and Savior, and take upon us to be eternally his Servants. Nay, render Him var most hearty thanks, that He will admit us to that honor : and with the most passionate Admiration make Him our acknow ledgments that He would do so much to deserve our service. Is not this our mind and intention in approaching to his Table? Does it not grieve us that we have any time offended fo great Love? Had we not rather die and be crucified as He was, than willingly break the least of his Commands? Do we not in heart and resolution forsake every thing that would hinder us from doing his
. Will? Are we not purposed to follow Fefus in all the holy actions of an holy, humble, charitable, aud religious Life? Let us go then and wait upon Him; & Thow Him the Love that we bear unto Him, Let us give Him thanks even for this good mind which. He has put into us; and for all the hopes, we have that He will continue it to eternal lite. Let us not be discouraged for He himself has said, it the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts : and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him, and wil abundantly pardon. Ifa. 55. 7• He will pour more abundantly of his Holy Spirit on us to strengthen our Refolutions. He will make us grow in Grace, and bring forth all the fruits of righteousness; and do for us as in Pfalar 36. 8, 9, ro. They shall be abundantly fatified with the furness of thy house : and Thou shall make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For w:h Thee is the fountain of life: in thy lighe Thal we fee light. O continue thy loving kindness unto them shat know Thre: and thy righteousnes to the upright in heart. Ilfa 59. 1. Behold ihe LORD's hand is not shortned, that i cannot save, seither his ear heavy, that it cannot bear. $. Luke 1. 49. 50. For He that is mighty bath done to us grent things, and holy si his Name.. Any his mercy is on them that foar Him, froiz generation 10 generation.