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PSALM lvii. 1. Be merciful unto me, O God, be mer. ciful unto me, for my soul trufteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these cala. mities be overpaft.

חנני אלה םחנני מ בך מפיה נפשי.

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I. IN times of Calamity we muft beg for Mer1. To prevent it.

To preserve us in particular.
3. To support us under it.
4. To bless and fanctifie it to us.
5. To deliver us from it.

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PSALM lxviii. 18. . Thou haft afcended on high, thou haft led captiviiy captive, thou haft received gifts for men : jea, for the rebellious alfo: that the Lord God might dwell among them. Ongel piny

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1. This was typified, Lev. xvi. 2, 3.
2. Foretold in the Text, Epb. iv. 8.
3. Performed hy Chrift, fohn xx. 17. Luke xxiv.

So, s1. AEts i. 9, 10, 11.
This Ascension was,

1. Local.
2. Visible, because no more was he to be

seen on Earth. . .
2. Why did he ascend?

1. To confirm our Faith.
2: To make intercession for us, 1 7ohn ii. 2.

3. To prepare Mansions for us, John xiv. 2. Us E. Is Chrift ascended? : 1. Ascend to him with your Affections,

Col. iii. I. 2. Long to be with him. II. Thou baft led Captivity Captive. aw nigu

1. We are naturally Captives. : 1. To fin, Rom. vi. 16.

2. To Satan, 2 Tim. ii. 26.
3. To the World, Mat. vi. 24:

2. Chrift

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III. Thou hast received gifts for Men, ooh DIN] n on dans soucla rois avigámols, So also the Targum. 1. What Gifts ?

1. Repentance, Acts ii. 38.
2. Pardon, i John ii. i.
3. His Spirit, Aets ii. 1. John xvi. 7.
1. To convince us, John xvi. 9, 10, 11,

1. Of fin..
2. Righteousness.

3.- Judgment.
2. To guide us, John. xvi. 13. Rom. viii.

14. 3. To sanctifie us, Tit. iii. 5. I u. 4. To quicken us, Rom. viii. 2. 5. To help us in Prayer, Rom. viii. 15, 16. 6. To discover our Estates to us, Rom.

viii. 16. 7. To comfort and support us, Hobn xiv.

n. 16, 17. IV. Tea, for the rebellious, 017710 7N1, that is, even for finners, Rom. v. 8. who rebell,

1. Against GOD, Ifa. i. 2, 3..
2. Against Christ, job xxiv. 13. :

V. That the Lord God might dwell amongst tiem, which implies, 1. Our Relation to him, Deut. iv. 7. .

: Bb 3 , 2. His

2. His favour to us, Lev. xxvi. 11. Exod. xxxiii.

1, 2, 3, 16. Exod. xxxiv. g. . 3. Our Communion with him, 1 Jobn i. 3. 4. His guidance of us, Pfal. Ixxvii. 14,52, 53,

Psal. lxxvi. 2. 5. His Protection, Numb. xxiii. 21, 22, 23.

Psal. xlvi. 5,6,7. Pfal. xxiii, 4. 6. His providing for us, Psal. xxiï. 1, 5, 6. 7. His being our GOD, Lev. xxvi. 11, 12,

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Psal. lxxiii. 25, Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I defire besides thee. G OD is to be desired before all things in the U World.

I. What is it to desire GOD? 1. To prefer him in our Judgments, Pbil. iii. 8. 2. To chuse him in our Wills. 3. To be more Zealous in our endeavour after

him than any thing else.

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