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• VI. Come with humility and self-denial, content to be nothing, that Christ may be all; and willing to subalt mit to any thing for a blink of his countenance, Be sensible of your ill-deservings, and acknowledge a crumb will be a great mercy. Be content, with the prodigal and woman of Canaan, to be taken into Christ's family, though it were in the meanest station and employment : Let me be the meaneft of Christ's servants, though I be never so ill used, or ill respected, I will be thankful, if I be within Christ's doors, have a relation to his family, and can call him Master Again, come self dem niedly, renouncing all confidence in yourself, your preparations, humiliations, or performances: These may be good graces, and good duties ; but they will be ill Christs, and ill Saviours. Freely own that it is not your own righteousness that saves you, not your own strength that quickens you ; but only Christ's righteousness, and Christ's strength. Say, “ Blessed Jesus, I fly to thee alone; I have no hope in myself, nor in any thing bea fides thee; all my confidence is in the freeness of thy love, the mercy of thy bowels, the merit of thy death; the worth of thy blood, the sufficiency of thy righteousness, and power of thy intercession."

VII. Come with charity and love to all men, even to your very enemies. Banish all malice and envy, pray . for your enemies, forgive them, wish well and do good both to their souls and bodies, according to Christ's example on the cross : But especially, bring with you love and affection to God's people, delight in their fellowship above all others, for they are the excellent ones of the earth.

VIII. Come with honest designs to seal a venant with Christ. Consent frankly to Christ to be your Prince and Saviour; do not think of halving it with Christ, but be willing to take him intirely upon his own · terms. Be content not only to be saved by him, but to serve him, live for him, fight for him, and cleave to him, all the days of your life; resolving that all the pleasures of fin, temptations of satan, and allurements of the world, nay, the hopes of enjoying ten thoufand worlds, shall VOL. I.T . .3T


never prevail with you to part with Christ. - Come re signing yourselves, your hearts, and all you have to Christ : Say, “ Lord, though I had ten thousand hearts, and every one of them ten thousand times better than they are, they fhould be all thine." Come with Strong vows and purposts against fin, that murdered your Saviour; resolve never to harbour it, or make peace with it; but that you will fight against it to your last breath, and revenge the death of Christ on it. L e

IX. Come with thankfulness and praife, to God for redeeming-love, and providing such a Saviour for you. Let the high praises of God be in your mouths; send up whole vollies of praise to your Redeemer, for undertaking your deliverance. Invite the angels, and all the creation, to atsist you in this work. Stir up your souls, and all that is within you, to bless his holy name: Your fouls (like Mary) “ should magnify the Lord, and your spirits rejoice in God your Saviour;" your hearts should afcend, like Manoah's angel, in the smoke of thankfgiving and praise. Say, “ Lord, what shall I render te thee for all thou haft done and suffered for me? Lord, what am I, that thou shouldīt part with thy glory, yèag with thy blood, and with thy life, for fuch a wretch as me ?. I am alhamed that I can love and praife thee, no more : Oh! my heart is cold, my tongue is flow: Let heaven and earth, angels and men, join and extol his free-grace and wondrous love: Let all the world sing with his praise," .. .. ... Born

X. Come with hope and expectation, depending on God's promises and Christ's merits. You ought greedily to look to Christ, expecting something from him, as the poor cripple did from Peter and John, Acts. iii. 4. 5. Peter said “Look on us; And he gave heed to them, expecting to receive something from them." We ordinarily receive little, because we expect little ;." God's mercy is upon us, according as we hope in him,”. Plal. Xaxiii. ult. O raise your deares and expectations for you come to a merciful and liberal God, that will not let the expectation of his poor creatures perish, Psal. ix. 18. “ The needy shall not always be forgotten; the ex pectation of the poor Ball not perish for ever."

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Objedt. “ Alas! I am a poor, weak, heartless creature : I have little ground to hope."

Anf. You have God's call and promise to encourage you. Groan under your deadness, and use the means ; aim honestly at your duty, and look to God for accomplishing his promise. Do as the Ifraelites did in the wil. dernefs, Num. xxi. 16. 17. 18 God had called them to the place where he promised them water, which was very much valued in that dry defert: Well, did they fit ftill idly, waiting till the water fhould fpring ? No, the nobles put to their staves, and digged in expectation of God's fulfilling his promife, and fung, Spring up, 0 well, &c. Make an honest mint, look up with hope, and cry for the fpringing of the well. Come, bring all your empty veffels to the fountain, in expectation of a fill : Do as the poor widow, 2 Kings iv. “ bring not a few:"" for I am sure the veffels will fail before the oil fail. Plead with God for the accomplishing of his word : Say, *Lord, though we cannot fay pour water on us, for we are thirsty, yet we can plead, pour foods on us, for we are dry ground : Lord, make us as hungry as we are empty, and thirsty as we are dry : Lord, if thou deal with us according to our sense of need, we will get little ; but, Lord, we plead, thou wilt deal with us according to our real need, and thy royal bounty, and then we will be right enough."

O poor foul ! Art thou longing for the springing of the well, saying, “ O that I knew in what part of this valley of Baca the well would spring, what ordinance, what duty, would be the mean : There I would - wait and lie, there I would dig and cry: One gush of these living streams would fatisfy my longing foul ?" Poor fout, thou shalt not die for want : you have the word of a king for it, ifa. xli. 17. 18.“ When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the vallies ; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water."

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: : DIRECTION IV. isso AFTER you have this morning meditated, dealt with your hearts, wrestled with God, read his, word, and performed family worship, with faith and fervency suite able to this folemn occasion : You ought timeously to repair to the church against the solemn worship begia. And let your hearts be breathing forth many heavenly ejaculations by the way; such as that, Pfalm xliü. 3. 4. “ Send forth thy light and thy truth: Let them lead me, and bring me to thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy." O, it were a pleasant frame this morning, to be going with joy to draw water out of the wells of salvation ! Let us be very thankful, that the waters of life do flow so pleasantly and plentifully to us, betwixt the banks of gospel ordinances; bless God, that has not made the barren wilderness our dwelling: But let us think, as we go, that as God rained dowa manna from heaven on his people, so he rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. - This serves to teach us to rejoice so in the mercies which God rains down upon us in the sacrament, as to fear his judgments in case they be abused.

, Again, think, “ I am now upon my way to mount Calvary : Lord, forbide that Christ's traitors be my attendants : Let all my lusts and idols be for ever banished from me: May they never find lodging in my soul any more: Lord, help me to go this day, with such a melted heart and weeping eyes, as the holy Virgin, Mary Magdalene, and the other tender-hearted women of Jerusalem had, when they went to mount Calvary, to behold Christ crucified. Am not I going up to see the same crucifixion represented before my eyes ?" i

As it was a part of your secret work this morning, to plead earnestly with God to direct his mefsengers to speak suitably to your case; so you ought by the way to be fending up ejaculations for this end, and frequently to be crying, Awake, 0 north-wind, and come thau Jouth, blow, &c. "The minister's words will be but as wind, and a beating of the air, (unless the wind of the Spirit


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blow) “O Spirit of God, come, influence my heart this day ; I dare not go to the table without thy presence: K Lord, stand not this day behind the wall;" for there cannot be a sadder fight in the world, than a poor hard

hearted communicant, with God's back turned on him, if If thy prefence go not with me, carry me not up

hence." O Lord, it is time for thee to work ; , I never ho stood more in need of thy prefence than at this time :

It is my errand to meet with thee at thy table : Lord,

send me not away with a fore heart. A communioni day, without communion with Christ, will never satisfy

my soul." i "" e . Plead with God, O young communicant, that this may * be the day of your acquaintance with Christ, even the A day of your espousals, and a day to be had in everlasting

remembrance. And, indeed, if you enter this day into the bond of the covenant, it will be a very memorable

day. God will bless the memory of this day, for he will # gain a fon ; Jesus Christ will write this day in his ka

lender, for he will gain a brother; the Holy Ghost will rejoice, for he will gain a temple; angels and saints will be glad, for they will gain a fellow-servant; and you, especially, may rejoice with exceeding great joy, for you will gain an eternal inheritance.

: Directions concerning our Carriage when the time of re? ceiving the Sacrament doth approach. a

1. When the time is come, or near, that you are to go to this holy table; consider that this is the most folemn and august ordinance under heaven, and requires the most profound awe and reverence from you. The place is holy, the table is holy, the bread and cup are holy; and God is terrible from his holy places." Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? Your danger is great, if you make a rath approach, and seek him not after the due order. ; The least wrong look or wrong touch at this time is criminal, and may cost you your eternal falvation It may provoke the Lord to make a fearful and visible breach among you, as he did upon Uzzah and the men of Bethshemeih; for, the


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