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blessings of his goodness. come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 25. 95. 6. Let us exalt his Name together; PS34. 3. and make the voice of his praise to be heard. Pf. 66. 8. Let us give Him the glory due unto his Name. Ps. 97. 8, far the LORD is good; bis
mercy is everlasting; and his truih indurerh to all generations. Ps. 100. s, Our reverence, our faith, our love, our holy resolutions are all, we hope, still alive, wherewith we ought to approach into his presence. We have pot for: gotten sure the meaning of this holy Feast: the sweetness of which may well preserve a memory of the Ends for which our Lord invites us to it. Let us go then with an humble confidence to admire and proclaim once more, the 'infinite love of God our Savior. Let us openly declare that we are his friends and followers, and bid defiance to all his enemies. Yea , let us bind our hearts to his Altar with the cords of his love; and make an oblation of all we have unto him. It is but just and reasonable , fince, we v have receiv'd so much from Him. It is but right, meet, and our bounden duiy to praise Him continually; to glorify and serve Him wiih Body and fuul which He has redeemed. Let us go and thank Him therefore, that He would come down from Heaven to us, that He will accept us for his servants; and set any esteem upon our poor obedience; and that He will till from Heaven visit us, and not leave us comfortless without his holy presence with us. So may we rejoice in his falvation, and represent with glad. som hearts his facrifice to God for our expiation; and fix Our eyes upon that Glory where He is inthroned, hoping we hall one day sit down with Him in the Kingdom of the Father, and keep a perpetual Feast with Him in Heayen. What should hinder us froin going to begin to be so happy? let us search and try, examine and prove our fel. ves. Have we not a mind to know and do the whole Will of God, with all our hearts, and with allour Souls,and with all our strength? Do we not chuse to be poor in spirit, meek, mercitul, pure in heart, peace-makers, patient sufferers for righteousness faker and are we not desirous to make an increafe of all these by going to his holy Table? Let us not be discouraged then
but know that the LORD halb set apart kim thai is godly, for Himself: the Lord will hear when we upon Him. offer the sacrifices of righteousness : and put
newing us, that we may have our fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life : Rom. 6.2 2. for He himself has said, s. John 15. 7. 9f ye abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done into you. Be i: unto us, O Lord, according to thy word: we ask nothing but that we may still have grace to continne in thy Love, by keeping thy Commandments; that we may grow and increale in wise dom and holinets; and be filled with all the fruits of the Spi. rit, with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, good. ness, faith, meekness, temperance; and that they may abound in us more and more, to thy praise and glory. Amen.
S. 9. WHITSUNDAY. O Holy Spirit of grace! what news is this that Thou blesseft cur ears withal? whatglad tidinys are these, tha: Thou art come to tell us? what means the found of so many various tongues? the gifts of Prophesy, of wisdom, of knowledge, of faith and Miracles, with all thereft which Thou dividedit severally to every man as Thou wouldft? Doth Jefus yet live? hath He indeed conquered the grave? and is He exalted at the right hand of God; and invested with all power in Heaven and Earth? It is enough: we will go and fee Him then when we dy. That word is no longer dreadful to us; weare not afraid of the king of Terrors; lince J efuslives, and is the Lord and King of all. Witness che oHly Ghost the Comtorter, which He has fent down from the Throne of his glory, to assure us that He not only lives, but reigns in Majesty and Power: and is mindtul of us, and of his promises. Those fiery Tongues that came with a found from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wini , Act.2. 2. tell us that He is able to transport us, when He pleases, in fiery Chariots into Heaven, We hear them call our thoughts up thither, and bid us see Jesus / who was made a little lower than the Angels , for the suffering of death; crowned with glory and honor, Heb. 2. 9. and scattering his royal Gifts among his servants. We are thy fervants, O blessed Fefus, make thy face to shine upon us. Let thy mercies come also unto us, o LORD, even thy salvation according to thy word. Remember the word unto thy servants, upon which Thou hast caused us to hope. Ps. 119, 125, 135, 41, 49. as in 5. Jahn 12. 26. Where I am, there shall also my fervant be. What words of grace and life are these? It is enough, o Thou shat dwellest in the Heave that we shall be where Thou art. Pf. 73. 24. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory, And iill we to go to see chat glory which the Father has given thee, we will go and see the representations Thou hast left us of thy felt; and receive the pawns and pledges of thy eternal Love. We will go and Remember thy Obedience to the death; for which cause Thou art'highly exalted, and made most blefled for ever. And that the Holy Spirit of grace which fell on th' Apoftles on the day of Pentecost, would fill our hearts with a sense of chat Love; and swell our fonls with a full apprehension of all the Bleflings that it contains; that so we may burst forth into thy praises as they did ; and speak the wonderful works of God MET. 2. 1!. Marvelous are thy works, andthat our souls know right well.Pf. 139. 14. Welee by the light ofthe Holy Ghost fent down on them, that Jesu: indeed was the son of God; "holy and without fault; that in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col. 2. 9. that He has made peace through the bloud of his Cross, to reconcile all things unto the Father, whither they be things in earth or things in heaver; ch. 1. 20. that He af cended up far above all heavens that He might fill-all things; Eph. 4. 10. and that God hathraised us up together, and made us sit together in heazerily places in Christ Jesus.ch.2.6. We Jeewhat a powerful Advocatewe have in the Court of heaven;as thai Thou, O God,haftgiven Him poweroverall
filesh thai He:hould give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. S. John 17.2. We see that all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him amen. Who hauhalo fealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts, 2 Cor. 1.20, 22. Ourtonguesare too little to Speak the praises of the Lord; we will go therefore into il afsemblies of thy people, that they may magnifie, the LORD with us, and we may exalt his Name together. We will declare th' exceeding greatness of his Love ; and the superlative bounty of Heaven in sending Him to dy for us; yea, our fou's shall make their boast in the Lord, and glory in his holy
Name. Let the wife Man, if he please, glory in his Wisdom, the rich Manglory in his riches, and the mighty Man in his great
trength; But we will glory in this, that we understand and know Thee, that Thou art the LORD, the God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 15. 6. which exerçileft loving kindness, judgment and righteousness in the Earth: for in these things are thy del gót, fer. 9. 23, 24. We will glory in this, that weare the Disciples and Heirs of the cruci. fied Jesus; that we know Him, and the power of his Resurrec
tion, and the fellowship of his sufferings; Phil. 3. 1o. that He hath made a New Covenant with us of grace, niercy and peace; that we have reecived the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father, Rom. 8.. 15. and that weare taken into the Fellowship of the fainrs, and have hope to be pumbred with them in Glory everlasting. We will send up our hearts to heaven, where Heis, in holy love; and ingage our felves to be ever mindful of his Covenant; especially of that new Com. mandnient, to love one another, even as He hath loved us. By i his shall all men know that we are his Disciples, because we love The brethren. For there is one body, and one Spirit. even as we are called in one hope of our calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all
, and througball, and is us all. But unio every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gifs of Christ. Wherefore He Jaith, when He afcended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And He gaze fome . Apostles : (bleffed be his bountcous goodness, ) and fome, Prophets; and some, Evangelists: and some. Pastors and Tenchers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body af Chriit: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and oftbe knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect Man, unto the measure of the flature of the fulness of Chrift: From whom the whole body fitly joyned together, and compacted by that whichevery joynt supplieth, according to the effettual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of ihe body, unto the edifying of it self in love. Eph. 4..4108, 111013, and 16 verses.
$. 10. JUNE IS it po mble that the great God was manifeft in the flesh? 1 Tem. 3: 16. and that He hath purchaseil with his own bloud, Act, 20. 25. those who were his creatures, sinful creatures? surely wedo not believe this, elle how joyful, how thankful should we be? how holily, how purely fhould we live, if we thought our felves so nearly related to Him? what faith, what hope Thould we place in Him? how willingly should we resignour felves to his pleasure, who has not thought this too much to do for us? and how contentedly should we want what He pleases not to give; who has done us such an honor, as to marry us to Himself? If He had taken hold of the nature of Angels, and laid down thát life, that precious life which was spent for us, for their Redemption, how much would
those heavenly Creatures have lov’s Himland yet now that He is desirous of our little love, He can't have it. What is become of that Love which we lately professed to Him. We thought the last time we were at his Table, that we were mightily fenfible of his Love, and should never cease to love Him; did we not protest that nothing was so dear unto us as our Savior, and his Commands and precious Promises that we had rather lose our Lives, than lose his favor? and did we not refolye that we would preserve it as our lives, by all the Acts of Love to God and Man? O how easily do we forget the greatest Benefits ? how apt are we to pay Him only with liberal promises? It [le had not made us this new Invitation to his Table, 'cis possible that we might have forgotten that we bive any obligations to Hins. But this sweet voice of our Savior which calls upon us, saying, Do this in Remembrance of Me, S. Luke 2 2. 19. how does it awaken and revive this Love which somerinie we felt in our hearts to Him? Thanks be to his goodne f. for this new opportunity to acknowledge his Love, and to profess our own. we hope in time we shall love Him to the height of our desires; and by these frequent Remembrances of flim, become perfectly like Him. Thu’ very unworthy therefore of this new favor, who have been fo unmindful of the old, we will go into lis Houle, and pre. sent our selves at his Altar, ifit be but to declare that we bebong to Him; and are not willing to lofe lis Blessing; we will thew Him at least that we do not quite torget Him, and havea mind to become better Chriftians: but how is it posible that we should see the representations of his Pains and Agonies for our fakes, and do no more chan tell Him that we keep Him in Mind, and intend to obey Him? we can't chuse buc vow our selves intirely to Him ; we must bind our selves in the most facred Covenant to keep his Commands: we can do no less than assure Him again that we love righteousness, and hate iniquity, and will chuse death rather than to displeafe Him. Nay, we will Resolve never to cease to renew these Vows, and multiply our Ingagements; and then,at last sure, We shall become itedfast in his Covenant, and delight greatly in his Commandements; PS. 112. 1. Our souls fhall keep his teflimonies: and love them exceedingly. Our hands also will we lift ap unto his commandments which we have loved: and we will meditate in his statutes. So Thall we keep his law.continually, forever and ever. We will rejoyce at his woril, as one thai fir'de