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servants in another case, and receive the Lord's message greedily, as what in one way or another will profit you,

4. Cry much to God for communion with him in gospel.ordinances. Come to ordinances in a believing expectation of enjoying it. Set yourselves to receive the gospel as the Lord's word to you, which worketh effectually in you that believe. The Lord appoints finners to meet with him there, saying, “ In all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee,” Exod. xx. 24. Propose a meeting with him there also, and you may be sure it will hold. Like Jacob, you will prevail with God to bless you, Hof. xii

. 4. compare Gen. xxxv. 1. Chrift had promised the Spirit, and commanded the difciples to wait for him, Acts, i. 4. They continued in prayer, ver. 14. See the fruit of it, chap. ii.

Lastly, Be thankful for the least of God's mercies, and be submissive to the Lord under every trying dispensation, as sensible of your utter unworthinefs. When was it that Jacob got the blessing? Was it not when in this frame, I am not worthy,” said he, “ of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth which thou hast shewed unto thy servant ; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands." A sense of unworthiness as to the least mercies, cannot miss to produce in you a relish for the great mercies of the gospel.

There are many complaints as to the want of God's presence in ordinances. There is not that found in them which was in former times.Many lay the blame of this on ministers; and I dare say, there is not either a godly minister in Scotland, or a godly Chriftian, acting as such,


who dare refuse that he has a real share in it. The clean, to cast stones at the guilty, must come out from among those ministers and people who are strangers to their own hearts, and fee better into others than they do into themselves. But however it be, I dare promise, in the name of the Lord, that the hungry shall not be sent empty away. The meek poor ones shall be feasted in ordinances; and their hungry fouls shall be refreshed with the gospel, fare with others as it will : Psal. xxii. 24. * The meek shall eat, and be satisfied.” Matth. v. 6. “-Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."-O! but the spiritual relish for the word is, well worth all the trouble which is necessary for having it. For,

1. This is the hidden manna peculiar to God's hidden ones, on earth: “ To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna," Rev. ii... 17. We read, Exod. xvi. 13. 14. of a dew under which the manna lay. The ordinances are that dew; communion with Christ in ordinances, by relishing his word, is the manna under it. The ordinances are the cabinet ; this is the opening of the cabinetz. and the finding of the jewel, the drawing by the vail, and beholding the glory; the digging up the field, and falling on the treasure; the breaking the thell, and getting out the pearl.

2. This would make the Sabbath the most pleafant day in all the week, the hours of worship the most pleasant hours, which now to most are a weariness. See how the gospel, felt in its power, doth affect: Ifa. ix.

3. “ They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as 'men rejoice when they divide the spoil.” Compare ver. 2. If you had ever any experience of this relish, dare you say but that these were your golden days, even


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the best time ever you had in your life, and that all the world could never make up your loss since you wanted them ? You who never tasted of it, believe others, since you are not capable of judging in the matter : Psal. Ixxxiỹ. 10. “ For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.” Believe those who have got that at ordinances, which has made them joyfully embrace persecution, banifhment, a scaffold, and a fire.

3. This would readily hang about you all the week, in a holy, savoury, 'tender difpofition, and make you rejoice at the return of the Sabbath : Pfal. cxxii. 3. “ I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” It is good being in Christ's company in his fanctuary ; wherever they go afterwards, they smell of his good ointments; knowledge is taken of them that they have been with Jefus, Acts, iv. 13. Remember what is said of the gospel, 2 Cor. ii. 16. « To the one we are the favour of death unto death, and to the other the favour of life unto

Alas ! how rank and unfavoury are the conversations of most, because they never get a relish for the word.

, 14. This would make you ufeful Christians. The woman of Samaria, as soon as fhe relished the gospel, she got another fpirit: '; As fhe had been formerly a prop of the devil's kingdom, and an' agent for him in the place where she lived ; she now, when converted by gracey, turns useful for others. . This would make you naturally commend the way of God to others, would make

you useful in your families, in the congregation, and in the country-side.

Lastly, This would be a heaven on earth. What is the happiness of the saints in glory ? They en

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joy God, and this in the utmost perfection. You should relihh that enjoyment of him, which in your measure you have for the present, as a prelude, an earnest of what shall be your privilege hereafter.

I SHALL have done with a word to' all in general, and in particular to meek poor ones. -To all in general, I would say, Entertain the good tidings of the gospel, flight them not give them a suitable entertainment. Believe them as undoubted truths. When God speaks, it is reafonable we believe; for he is Truth, he is the faithful and true Witness, Rev. iii: 14 The 'carnal mind is apt to fall into unbelief of the gospel, which reflects great dilhonour upon God: '1 John, v. 1o. “ He that be: lieveth not God, hath made him ́a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” And this also makes the gospel unprofitable to ourselves : « The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it,” Heb. iv. 2.--Embrace these tidings joyfully and thankfully; they are tidings of great joy, and should be received with the greatest joy and chearfulness; as a malefactor on the scaffold should receive the tidings of a pardon, or as an indemnity would be received by those who have forfeited their lives by their treason. And the greater the danger is from which the gospel proclaims deliverance, the more welcome should the tidings be. -Finally, lay the weight of your souls on these tidings for time and eternity, fall in with the gospel-contrivance, and embrace the covenant as well ordered in all things and sure, Matth. xiii. 44. Embrace the salvation ; 'come away with the Redeemer, accept the ransom, accept the indemnity, put your cale in the hand of the great Phy

sician, fician, and all shall be well. To prevail with you as to this, consider, for MOTIVES,

From whence the 'tidings come. It is from a far country, from heaven, the throne of God, yea, the depths of the counsel of God, John, i. 18. Behold tidings of love and good will from heaven, of a mercy-seat set up there for poor finners, from whence they could have looked for nothing but wrath !-Consider,

Who brings the tidings, the Son of God. O! glorious melenger, who left the Father's bosom and came down into this earth, to proclaim the glad tidings. And now that he is ascended into heaven, he has sent his ministers in his name to proclaim them, with this certification, That he whe heareth you, heareth me; and he who despiseth you, despiseth me; and he who defpiseth me, de-{piseth him that sent me.--Coalider,

What are the tidings. Tidings of a salvation, a redemption, &c. They are good tidings, the best of tidings that ever came into the world.Good to refresh and revive the spirits of those whom nothing else can comfort, even finners deprefled under apprehenfions of wrath. And the more to be esteemed that they are peculiar to finful

men, not fallen angelo. « Unto you, O men! I call, and my voice is to the fons of men.” Con Gider,

The need there was of these tidings in the world. Never did tidings come so seasonably to any, as those of the gospel to the world ruined by fin. We were as Isaac, with the knife at our throat, when the tidings came of Jesus Christ, as the ram caught in the thicket. Let us but fuppose the world without the gospel, we will then have a fiery law, flaming on our faces, and no


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