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May we approach Thee, with all the encouragement derivable from a conviction that Thou art the blessed God--Happy in thyself, and the source, of happiness to thy creatures. The eyes of all wait upon Thee, and Thou givest them their meat in due season: Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Thou art our maker and benefactor. Thou hast not only produced us, but sustained us : not only supported us, but indulged us: yea, Thou hast given us all things richly to enjoy. Thou hast provided for the welfare of our souls, as well as our bodies : Thou hast answered the awful question, How shall I come before the Lord, and bow before the High God ? Thou hast told us what we must do to be saved. May we follow the light of life which Thou hast given us, till it brings us to Him who appears in every attribute, and in every attitude of power and pity, to meet all our wants and miseries. And as we draw near, may we hear his gracious voice saying, him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out. May we commit our eternal all into His hands; and being reconciled by his death, may we be saved by His life. May we live by Him; live to Him; live like Him. While we behold Him as rich, for our sakes becoming poor, and dying that we may live, may his unexampled love constrain us into all holy obedience and zeal : and render our duty, our delight.
May we never wait for the company of others, or feel their approbation necessary to induce us to follow Him, who is all our salvation, and ought to be all our desire. May we go forth to Him without the camp, bearing his reproach. And if our faith is deemed folly, our hope delusion, our meekness meanness, our zeal madness; may we rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer shame
for his name; and binding it as a garland around our brow, say, If this be to be vile, I will yet be more vile. Thus, blessed Redeemer, wast Thou treated in the days of thy flesh; thus, was thy name cast out as evil, thy actions misrepresented, and thy Spirit blasphemed. 0, let the servants be willing to be as the Master, and the disciples as the Lord.
We hope in thy word ; but it is because it assures us, that Thou waitest to be gracious : and dost not break the bruised reed, or quench the smoking flax. How poor and pitiable, how maimed and dying a thing, has our religion been, under every advantage to promote it. Lord, hide pride from us ; enable us to walk humbly with our God; and ask and receive that our joy may be full. Hast Thou not promised to supply all our need, from thy riches, in glory, by Christ Jesus? Thou knowest all our warfare, all our work, all our trials; and Thou knowest the degree and extent of our weakness; and yet Thou hast said, My grace is sufficient for thee-Lord we believe--help Thou our unbelief.
While we rejoice in our privileges, we would remember the way in which they become ours. We have nothing to glory in before Thee. We ourselves also, were once foolish and disobedient; and we would ever look to the rock whence we were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence we were digged. Thou hast made us to differ and we have nothing but what we have received
And this encourages us with regard to others. What Thou hast done for us, Thou art able to do for them. And Thou art willing. Thou hast therefore commanded us to pray, for all men. 0, let none of those perish, whom we love as our own souls. Keep them as the apple of the eye; hide them under the shadow of thy wing.
Let grace and peace be multiplied to all them, who have obtained like precious faith with us; and if Thou art pleased to try that faith, may the
trial be found unto praise, and glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
But we would not forget even the ignorant and profligate. - Teach transgressors thy ways, and let sinners be converted unto Thee.
Detbrone the god of this world. Destroy the works of the devil. And may our globe which has so long groaned beneath the curse, be as the smel] of a field which the Lord hath blessed. Send out thy light and thy truth; thy servants and thy labourers; and for them may the wilderness and the solitary place be made glad, and the desert rejoice and blossom as the rose. Amen.
Blessing and glory, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
· WEDNESDAY MORNING.
O Thou, with whom we have to do suffer us not to live without Thee in the world. Thou art our Creator ; our Preserver; our Governor; and we believe that Thou wilt be our Judge. It is well for us, that we can view Thee in another character the Saviour of sinners; and that before we are called to appear before thy awful tribunal, we are invited, and commanded to come boldly to the throne of grace, there to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
May we readily and thankfully avail ourselves of every opportunity to draw nigh to God, in the temple, in the retirement of the closet, and at the domestic altar; and let not our devotion be bodily exercise only. Quicken our souls to call upon thy name. Detach us from the influence of flesh and sense. Impress us with the power of faith ; and produce in us that spirituality of mind which wjil render our services acceptable to Thee, and delightful and profitable to ourselves.
Though Thou art Most High for evermore, Thou regardest the man that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at thy word. Thou fillest the hungry with good things, while the rich are sent empty away. O, bring us, however humbling and painful the process may be ; 0, bring us, into that state which attracts thine eye, and prepares for the proofs of thy love. Show us our danger, that we may flee for refuge to the hope set before us. Make us sensible of our disease, and of the eternal death to which it is so rapidly tending. That we may value the physician, and cry-heal me and I shall be healed, save me and I shall be saved, for Thou art my praise.
Our deliverance must come entirely from thyself. And Thou hast not forgotten to be gracious. We bless Thee for the purpose of salvation ; for the engagements of the everlasting covenant; and for the gift of thy dear Son, the proof and the pledge, that Thou wilt also freely give us all things. We thank Thee for the word of truth, which proclaims peace by the blood of the cross ; and beseeches us in Christ's stead to be reconciled unto God. 0, let the message prevail. Let it slay the enmity of our hearts, and lead us to throw down every weapon of rebellion, and mourn over them. With weeping and supplication, may we return to Thee, from whom we have so deeply revolted. And while with share and self-abhorrence, we confess that other lords besiile Thee have had dominion over us, henceforth may we resolve, that by Thee only will we make mention of thy name. With zeal, may we engage in that service which is perfect freedom ; and with entireness, devote ourselves to that work which is honourable and glorious. May we employ every faculty, and use every blessing, as those who know, that they are not their own, but bought with a price, and bound to glorify God, in their body and in their spirit, which are God's.
Work in us to will and to do of thy good pleasure. Uphold us by thy free Spirit; and let the joy of the Lord be our strength.
May we be watchful over our ways, may we be jealous over our tempers; and may we keep our hearts with all diligence, knowing, that out of them are the issues of life. Divest' us of pride, and clothe us with humbleness of mind. Eradicate every root of bitterness, and let the peace of God rule in our hearts.
When we droop, revive us ; when we loiter, quicken us ; restore us, when we go astray ; and lead us in the paths of righteousness for thy name's sake.
Yea, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, may we fear no evil, knowing that Thou art with us, and that thy rod and staff will comfort us.
· The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face'to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.
O God, Thou art greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all that are about Thee. Those glorious beings that never fell, veil their faces and sink into nothing before the Eternal all; and exclaim, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. With what emotion should we enter thy presence, whose foundation is in the dust ; and who have contemned thy goodness, defied thy power, trampled upon thy laws, and rendered ourselves worthy of eternal death. Our iniquities are increased over our head : and our trespass has gone up to the very heavens. Enter not into judg