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* Master, it is good for us to be here, let us build taber. nacles, q. d. Let us dwell still here, and not go down to yon vain empty world again ; here's befter company and purer delights." But, О how much more is Peter ravished with wonder now! This was but a small part of that glory, which Peter and the faints above fee there
O believers, you ought in a communion day to get up to the mount of meditation, as Moses did to the mount Nebo, and view this promised land; and, as ye fee it, you ought to long for it, and also “ rejoice in hope of the glory of God," and fay, “ Othall Tere long join with that one hundred and forty-four thoufand that follow the Lamb ? Shall I bear a part in that heavenly concert? Shall all tears be wipt from my eyes ? Shail my poor dying body be turned into a glorious star? Shall I be for ever with the Lord, and drink of the ti vers of pleasure that run clear a's crystal alongst the banks of eternity, and whose streams make glad the city of God? And shall not my heart leap for joy at the profpect of it? The night is far spent, and the day is at hand, the sun is at the rising; and, will not a believe er rejoice in hope of it?"
The wise men, when they but faw the star that pointed out where Christ was, yet it is said, “ They rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” Matt. ii. io But, O believing communicant, thou wilt shortly see the star of Jacob, namely, Chrift himself, who is the “ bright mora ning star," shining in his glory; and will not that cause far more joy to thee? If the disciples returned from the fepulchre with great joy, when they but got the news that Christ was risen from the dead'; what joy will it be to thee, to see him raised and reigning in his glory, and thyself raised from the grave to reign eternally with him?
Well then, let a communion-day, and the comforts of it, put thee in mind of that happy state, and raise fuitable desires and affections in thee towards it, and make thee long and say, “ Lord, these joys are too great to enter into me now; O make me fit to enter into them !"
· Lastly, As far as time and strength can allow, the evening of a communion fabbath should be spent in fecret and family duties. I acknowledge our frail bodies may be much fatigued by our long attendance, intenseness and abstinence this day : But if we could say this evening (and particularly ministers and elders, who had greater work this day upon their hands than others) that though we may be weary with our work, yet we are not weary of this work; for it is Christ's work, which is both pleasant and profitable, and carries its own reward in its bosom!
And fince your bodies must be refreshed this night, and you must entertain some fellowship with others, there ought to be a more divine and heavenly air upon your conversations at this time than ordinary: Let your carriage and discourse be such as becomes those who have been on the mount this day with God, that 0thers may take notice of you, that you have been with Jesus.
When you see the table covered this night, or supper fet upon it, you may think or say, “ Now I am come from a communion-table to a common-table; from tasting of the upper-springs, to share of the nethersprings ; from feeding on manna, to eat the bread that perisheth : How great is the change of my fáre ! Lord, let not this table be a snare to me, nor any wise tend to divert my mind either from the sweet table I have been at, or that blest table above I would be at:" We may likewise take occasion to admire the infinite bounty and goodness of God to both our souls and bodies : O what pains and cost he is at with us ! At our common table we see his beasts killed to maintain the life of our bodies, and at the communion-table we have seen his dear Son slain to preserve the life of our fouls. .
In the last place, keep a watchful eye upon all your thoughts and words this night; look well to the frames of your souls. Hath God fhed abroad his love this day in your hearts ? keep yourselves in the love of God. Ly down this night with sweet thoughts of Christ, fervently praying for a rich blessing upon the day's work, VOL. I.
and for his gracious presence on the morrow, that the last day of the feast may be the greatest and sweeteit.
Sect. III. Containing directions to all Communicants
in general, concerning their after conversation in the world.
REMEMBER you have been covenanțing with God, and taking solemn vows on yourselves at the Lord's table; see that your conversations be suitable hereunto. You have been admitted to great honours and special privileges: See then that ye thew your thankfulness to God the author of your mercies, by the love of your hearts, the praises of your lips, and exemplariness of your lives. But more particularly, observe these folo lowing directions.
DIRECT. I. Study to be true and faithful Soldiers to
your General, whose colours you have solemnly fworn to. . ..
YOU have come under a facramental oath to God; see that you keep it facred and inviolable. The Pfalmift gives it as a mark of a man that will go to heaven, Pfal. xv. that he keeps his oaths and promises, even though it should be to his hurt and prejudice. How much more, then, should a man be careful to keep his oaths and engagements he comes under to God in the facrament, when it is greatly for his good and advantage so to do? O communicant, be faithful to the Captain of your salvation, abide by his standard, defert him not in the day of battle, go not over to his enemies càmp. Remeniber what he hath done and suffered for you, and let the love of Christ constrain you to abide with him. Plutarch tells us of the soldiers of Pompey, that when he could not keep them in the camp by any persuasion, yet when Pompey threw himself on the ground, saying, if ye will go, ye shall trample on your general; it is
faid, they were overcome and persuaded" to stay. So your general, Christ, when in the garden, threw himself on the ground, wrestling in an agony, to save you from sin, and stop your career to hell ; O then do not trample on your general, but stop your self destroying course, and abide with your Saviour. We read, 2 Sam. XX. 12. that David's soldiers while marching very fast, when they saw the dead body of Amafa lying in the way, (viz the general wallowing in blood) they stopt their march and stood still. O communicant, though for merly thou hat been marching furiously in the ways of fin, yet when thou seest the mangled, wounded, pierced, and crucified body of thy Saviour before thee, thou shouldst stop thy course, and proceed no further. Oh, do not trample on thy wounded general, do not despise his bleeding wounds, nor forget his dying love. Keey ftecifastly your facramental oath, and never act contrary to it. Beware of plotting against him, or corresponding with traitors. Let it never he heard, that any of Christ's sworn soldiers shall either defert or betray their renowned general. If you would be faithful soldiers to Christ your general, then carefully obey his orders, couragioully achere to his interest, valiantly fight for bis cause, and manfully relift his enemies, and abide by his Atandard to the very last. " Be thou faithful to the death, and thou Ihalt get the crown of life," Rev. ii. 10.
Direct. II. Study to be active and diligent in a course
of new obedience, after the Sacrament.
YOU should now walk circumfpectly, be more hum. ble and pious towards God, more juft and righteous towards man, and more sober and temperate towards yourselves. Have a sincere respect to every commanded duty : Keep the fabbath' more exactly, hear more attentively, pray more fervently, meditate more fre quently, and fee to watch over your hearts, your words, and your ways, more diligently, that so you may please God, walk worthy of Christ, walk worthy of the covesant, of the facrament, of the kingdom, of the gospel and grace of God. Let your present deportment be
answerable anfwerable to your future preferment; and fee that there be fome proportion betwixt your privileges and your duties.
It should be with a man after his communion with God in the facrament, as it was with Jacob after his communion with God in Bethel, Gen. xxix. 1. " Then Jacob lift up his feet, (as it is in the original) and came into the land of the people of the east.” After Jacob had met with God, then he lift up his feet, i. e. he went on his journey with strength, with spirit and cheere fulness. So after we have had fellowship with God in the facrament, we should, in the strength of that meal, lift up our feet, and go on cheerfully and resolutely in our journey towards heaven. Nay, we should, like Je. hoshaphat, not only have our hands and feet, but also our « hearts lift up in the way of the Lord." We should now run his errand most cheerfully, fing in his ways, and serve him with alacrity. When God calls us to any duty, we should presently answer the first intimation of his will, “ Speak, Lord, for thy fervant heareth.” O communicant, thou oughteft now to be swift to hear every one of God's calls; be like the Psalmist, Psal. xxvii. 8. “ When thou faidft, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” Though before I have neglected to seek thee in public with others, and in private by myself, and been, alas, very negligent in the duties of thy worship; yet now I will begin to read the scriptures, praise thy name, and pray diligently, not only in society with ou thers, but also by myself in secret, and do all these duries of holiness mine cath at the sacrament doth bind me unto. And see that you resolve and perform all these, leaning to the strength of your covenanted Redeemer.
Direct. III. Abandon all your former known sins, and
strictly guard against them after the Sacrament.
REMEMBER what Paul saith, Eph. iv. 28. “ Let him that stole, steal no more,” &c. - In like manner, tay l, let him that profaned God's name, profane it no