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though it be a land that is little and despised among the nations, yet he, whose thoughts are not like man's thoughts, hath thewed a distinguishing respect to it, by his early sending the gospel to it; and, when overspread with darkness, promoting reformation in it against both the power of the mighty, and counsels of the crafty ; nay, advancing reformation so far, and making gospellight so clear and powerful in it, by the remarkable down-pouring of his Spirit, that Scotland was noticed by divines of other places, and called Philadelphia, and the morning for of the reformation. Nay, he took Scotland into covenant with himself in a peculiar manner, and gave singular tokens of his presence with his people: He hath wonderfully appeared for the intereft of Teligion, when almost funk in it: He hath raised up Saviours on our mount Zion, and brought about great deliverances for it (as for Israel of old) when grievoully oppressed and brought low. And, from.chefe ancient and peculiar proofs of our Redeemer's care, may we not humbly hope that he will not leave the land that is given him by his Father, and folemnly devoted to him by its inhabitants ?
Our decays and backNidings from God, indeed, are very great, fearful, and threatening ; yet, he hath ftill left a mourning and praying remnant in the land, who are sensible of the want of his Spirit and presence in ordinances, desire to lament after the Lord, and cry, for all the abominations that are found in the midst of the city : And though her desolations are mournful, the breaches in her walls many, and the glory of the Lord is gone up from the cherub; yet it seems still to hover and stand over the threshold of the door, and there is - a remnant among us wrestling and pleading against his departure. There is a number who take pleasure in our Zion, have a kindness for her stones and rubbish, and cease not to lift up a prayer for the remnant that is left: And we see gracious promises made to the prayers and · tears, wrestlings and witnessings, of a small godly remnant, Psal. xii. 5. Psal. cii. 13. 14. 17. Alas, that this Temnant in our land is so sadly broken and divided in the way and manner of their witnelling at this day! O
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that the meek Jesus, who rules' in Zion, would meeken all their hearts, fave from a spirit of bitterness, and from dangerous extremes in separating from one another ! O that the God of peace, that hath the command of hearts, would unite his broken remnant together, give them a Chrift-like spirit, and make them one stick in his hand! It is no wise difficult to him to accomplish this union, even when the case is most hopeless in our eyes, and instruments to mediate for healing breaches are out af sight. Let us remember and plead that promise, Jer. Xxx. 17. “ For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, faith the Lord, because they have called thee an outcast, saying, This is Zion whom no man seeketh aster.” Many of God's wor. thies, now in glory, have gone off the stage in the belief and hopes, that God would yet arise and have mercy on his Zion, that he would lignally build her up, and appear in his.glory; yea, that there would be more glorious gospel.days seen in Scotland, than either we or our fathers have beheld. Surely these considerations may encourage God's remnant in Scotland, to wait and pray in hope, however dark and cloudy our day be at present. : In the meantime, let us rejoice and bless the Lord, that he is pleased to pour out his Spirit, make bare his holy arm, and glorify his power in other parts of the world, yea, and get himself a great name amongst those that have not known him, whatever he doth with us : May his right hand, and holy arm, get him the victory among them more and more, that we may hear gospel. songs from the uttermost parts of the earth ?- Likewise, let us mourn for those sins, both old and late, which provoke God to make our heavens as brass, and to withhold those pleasant showers from us he is letting fall upon others : And let us plead that Scotland, which formerly was the glory of all lands, for the effusions of the Spirit, may nat now be past by and left behind all others. O let not her fleece be dry, when many others have their fleeces wet; and, when they are getting abundance of rain, may we have a little cloud appearing like a man's hand, to prognosticate a shower a coming! May the Lord rise up from his place, and come merci
fully to decide the quarrel between Deists and us; and let Infidels, and the profane (coffers of these last days, see, that the bible is the word of God, and that the preaching of it is his institution; that there is a supernatural power attending it, for changing mens hearts as well as lives! May he let the world see, it is not fine moral harangues, nor the enticing words of mens wisdom'; but the plain preaching of a crucified Jesus, is the only remedy for lost finners, that become the power of God to the conversion and salvation of men !"
But some have their questions, “ By whom shall Jacob arise? Will he shew wonders to the dead ? Shall the dead arise and praise him ?” These, indeed, are nonplussing difficulties to us, but none at all to him who raiseth the dead, and calleth the things which be not, as though they were. He hath still spirit and clay enough for new instruments ; yea, he can make strangers build up his walls, and the greatest enemies become zcalous for his glory. And, however unlikely the appearance of things may be at present, both fcripture and experience assure us, that the time of God's peoples extremity (as I said before) is his usual season of appearing for them: “ It is in the mount that the Lord will be seen ;'* so may the text be rendered; Gen. xxii. 14. God did not appear any way for Isaac's deliverance all the three days journey he made with his father, till he came to the top of the mount, and was just ready to be sacrificed: Neither did he interpose for the Jews in Esther's time, until the decree was past, and day fixed, and but a hair-breadth betwixt them and ruin; then God steps in, and posts are instantly dispatched to stop the execution. Thus the Lord acts agreeably to his promise, Deut. xxxii. 36. “ For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he feeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up or left.” Here, then, is food for faith and prayer in the most straitening times. O for grace to pray in hope, mourn in hope, labour in hope, and wait in hope, seeing our dearest Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is our hope, is gone up, and fits at the helm ! 0 when shall the power of this great Lord be present to heal 'us ! Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen. VOL. I. .
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