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those who are blesed with all spiritual blesssings, in heavenly places in Christ. The graves are ready for us; and we shall soon be in a state, that will render it a matter of indifference to us, whether we have filled a cottage or a palace but it will be eternally important to us, that we have been justified by thy grace, and sanctified by thy spirit, and adopted into thy family. May we, therefore, be wie unto salvation : and make it our present, our supreme, our persevering concern, to obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature ; eternal in their continuance ; satisfying in their possession ; and which unerringly indicate, that we are the friends of God.
· Preserve us from a false estimate of the whole of our character, or of any part of it. May we regard our principles, as well as our conduct; our motives, as well as our actions. May we never mistake the excitement of our passions, for the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we never judge of our religion, by occasional impressions and impulses; but by our constant and prevailing disposition. May our heart be right with God, and our life such as becometh the gospel.
May we maintain a supreme regard to another and a better world, and feel, and confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims in this. How often by bodily infirmities and pains, by relative aflictions, and by dissatisfactions growing out of every enjoyment-how often have we been told O, when shall we be taught, that this is not our rest? O God, not only command, but enable us, to arise and depart hence. Afford us all the direction, all the defence, all the support, all the consolation, our journey will require, Give us, in large abundance, the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, that we may be prepared for every duty : , that we may love Thee in all our mercies; that. we may submit to Thee in every trial. May we trust Thee when we walk in darkness, and have
no light; and amidst all the changes of the present, and the uncertainties of the future, may our minds be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God
Hast Thou not made with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure? The very hairs of our head-are they not all numbered? Are not all thy ways mercy and truth ? Lord, we believe, belp Thou our unbelief. And now unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless, before the presence of His glory, with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen
MONDAY EVENING O LORD, Thou art over all by thy providential agency, and rich unto all that call upon Thee, in the exercise of thy mercy and grace. With Thee is the fountain of life, and in thy light shall we see light.
Help us to consider the way, the new and living way, in which a fallen creature can approach Thee with acceptance. May we behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world. May we contemplate the dignity of His person, the perfection of His sacrifice, and the prevalency of His intercession, who is the great High Priest over the house of God. And may we feel the distance between Thee and us done away, and rejoice that now, in Christ Jesus, we, who sometimes were afar off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
A glorious high throne, from the beginning, has been the place of thy people's sanctuary; and we have found it good to be there. 0, what a source is devotion! When under all the toils that weary us, the cares that corrode us, the infirmities that press us down, the fears that disturb us—in every
thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, we can make known our supplication unto God, and feel a peace which passeth all understanding, keeping our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. Yet, we feel the same grace that restored us, to be necessary to preserve us, and to supply. And hast not Thou promised to lead us, to guard us, to suffer us to want no good thing, to make all grace to abound towards us? And art not Thou a faithful God, and able also to perform ? Lord, we take Thee at thy word. Do as Thou hast said.
We have tasted that Thou art gracious, and the relish has provoked our desires after more, and they who hunger and thirst after righteousness are blessed, and shall be filled. Make us to lie down in green pastures, and feed us beside the still wa. ters, where we shall often exclaim, 0, how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty!
We often meet with those who have far more grace than we ourselves have : but this encourages our hope, since they were once poor, and He who supplied them is as rich as ever-and as accessible and as free. We are continually meeting with duties and trials, which call for more grace than we have in ourselves, but not more than we have in our divine treasury, in whom it hath pleased Thee that all fullness should dwell. To Him, therefore, may we continually repair, and from His fulness receive, and grace for grace, till every void made by sin, be replenished, and we ourselves filled with all the fulness of God. We bless Thee that Thou dost not despise the day of small things; but we aspire after a day of great ones. We are not straightened in Thee: may we never be contracted in ourselves ; may our desires be enlarged, and our hopes emboldened ; may we honour Thee by the catireness of our dependence,
and the greatness of our expectation ; and living and walking in the Spirit, may we go from strength to strength, and be changed from glory into glory, till we appear perfect before Thee in Zion
We know not what a day may bring forth; nor would we, if it were in our power, draw back the veil that hides the future, and learn the times and the seasons which the Father hath put into His own power. But, o be Thou with us in all, and prepare us for all. Prepare us for the smiles of prosperity : prepare us for the frowns of adversity ; prepare us for those losses in substance, and those bereavements in friends—so possible, so probable in a world like this : prepare us for the days of darkness, for they may be many : prepare us for the change, and when heart and flesh fail us, and we have no more a portion in all that is done under the sun, be Thou the strength of our heart, and our portion for ever.
May our very memory be blessed. May those who follow us, praise God that we have ever lived ; and may we leave behind us those instructions, examples, and effects, which shall glorify our God on earth, while our spirits have joined the spirits of just men, made perfect in heaven.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
0 Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, the Most High over all the earth, we desire to adore the perfections of thy nature, and to admire the works of thy hands. May the united displays of thy greatness, and thy goodness, impress our minds, and influence our thoughts and affections, while we approach Theo.
Heaven is thy throne, and the earth is thy footstool. The universe, with all its myriads of creatures, was made by thy word, and is upholden by thy power; and Thou dost according to thine own will in the army of heaven, and among the inbabitants of the earth ; none can stay thy hand, or say unto Thee, what doest Thou?
But Thou art the Father of mercies, the God of all grace, and the God of all comfort. Even we, poor, mean, dying creatures, are not beneath thy care. Thou hast been mindful of us ; Thou hast visited us; and thy visitation hath preserved our spirits. The lines are fallen to us in pleasant places; yea, we have a goodly heritage; we live in a land of vision; we have the Scriptures in our hands, and our ears hear the joyful sound of the gospel. We know that Thou hast not spared thine own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. We know that He has borne our grief, and carried our sorrow ; that his blood cleanseth from all sin, and that whosoever believeth on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
We come in His name, and make mention of His righteousness only. We plead the obedience and sufferings of Him who magnified the law, both in its precept and penalty, and made it honourable. May we be justified by His blood ; and may we be saved by His life. May we be joined to the Lord, and of one spirit with Him. May wo deny ourselves, and take up our cross, and follow Him. May the agency of thy grace prepare us for all the dispensations of thy providence. May we be willing that the Lord should choose our ir. heritance for us, and determine what we shall re tain or lose ; what we shall suffer or enjoy..
If indulged with prosperity, may we be secured from its snares, and use its advantages as not abu sing them. And may we patiently and cheerfully submit to those afflictions, which are necessary to hedge up our way when we are tempted to wan.