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REG. viii. 37, 38, 39, Ver. 37. If there be in the land fa· mine, if there be peftilence, blafling, mil
dew, locust, or if there be caterpillar: if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities, whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be:
Ver. 38. What prayer and supplication foever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which fall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands towards this house ;
Ver. 39. Then hear thou in heaven the dwelling place, and forgive and do, and give every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowelt (for thiu, even thou only knowest the hearts of all the children of men.) LERE are, I 1. Some things supposed. 2. Desired.
1. Supposed. - 1. That a Land may lie under great Judge
ments from God; and that,2Cbron.vii.13. 1. In Mercy to some of the Land.
2. In Anger against others. 2. That at such a time the People pray, v.38.
1. That God would fan&tify.
the Plague of their own Hearts. Where consider,
1. What are we to understand by the Plague of our own Hearts ? Sin; which is like the Plague. 1. In its Cause. Sin, as the Plague, proceeds
from Corruption. 2. Its Infection, Gal.v.9. 3. Its Prevalency: It is Epidemical. 4. Its Power in turning other Diseases into
it self: So Sin makes all Actions Sing Prov. xv. 8. and xxi. 27. Isa. Ixvi. 3.
Prov. xxi. 4. . 5. Its sad Effects.
1. The Plague distempers the whole Bo
dy, Sin the Soul, isa. i. 5, 6. É. The Plague flies up into the Head,
and Sin makes mad, Jer. 1. 38.
and Sin the Soul.
1. By Purges or Catharticks, PS. li. 27.
2. By Antidotes.
1. Prayer each Morning.
with us all Day, Prov. xxiii. 17. and
I. By Sweats; Sin by Repentance.
II. How should we know this Plague of our Hearts?
i CHRON. xxviii. 2. And thou Solomon my Son, know thou the God of thy Father, and serve him with a perfeet heart, and with a willing mind : for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and underständeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee, but, if thou forsake him, he will caft thee off for ever. I. LE that would serve GOD uprightly, must
A first endeavour to know him perfectly :
Or, a right Knowledge of GOD is necessary to our Performance of right Service to him.
1. What of GOD should we know?
1. His Existence, Heb. xi. 6. .
the Father, Chrift, the Son,Redeemer, . God-Man, the Holy Ghost, the San
ctifier. 4. His Attributes. Fi His Works, of Creation, of Providence,
USE I. Reproof,
1. Such as do not know him.
him, but: desire not to know him. 4. Such as do pretend to desire, but do not
, endeavour to know him.
xi. 14. not only not denow him..
II. EXHORTATION. 1. Labour to know him, and to frequent the
Means to know him. 2. Teach him your Children and Servants. Vol. I.
3. Never give over learning to know him,
'till you can serve him with a perfect Heart and willing Mind.
1. What is here meant by serving him? 1. Our doing his work, what he com
mands. 2. Our therefore doing it because he has
commanded it, Eph. vi. 5, 6. 2. What by serving him with a perfect Heart,
Eccles. ix. 1o. 1. The utmost of our Strength. 2. The constancy of our Endeavours al
ways at his work. 3. The integrity of our Intentions in his
Service. 3. What by a willing Mind. 1. A desire of it, 2 Chron. xv. 15. Ifai.
xxvi. 8. 2. A love to it, Deut. xi. 13; 22. i 3. A delight in it, Psal. cxix. 16. Psal.
1. By Creation.
3. By Covenant, Heb. viii. 10.
hath entrusted us with,Lukexix.13. 2. Why with a perfect Heart and willing Mind.