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not make up their happiness in the accommodations by the way, but in God, their treasure, their supreme good, and their everlasting joy. Neither would they be stopped by the inconveniences which they may meet with: these, improved by faith, will tend to make them long more to be at home: for these will lead them to feel more of the true joy there is in God, and will thereby inspire them with higher strains of praise and thankfulness. So that every thing they meet with on the road, will be sanctified to them, and will dispose them to make melody in their hearts unto the Lord. Their Father and our Father, out of the riches of his grace, has not only given them matter of thanks, but has also provided the very words to be used by them. Many a weary traveller has found them a rich cordial. His spirits have been raised, his soul and all within made happy, while he was singing the sweet and heavenly hymn. The gospel prophet, who had scen the glory of Immanuel, and who was the honoured penman of this divine poem, has left us a direction when any one has a right to sing it, and to make it his own, Isa. xii. 1. And in that day thou shalt say-By looking at the context, the time here mentioned appears to be the day of the Lord's power, when the Spirit of life enters into the sinner, and he is quickened from a death in trespasses and sins. A happy, eternally happy day! . The same Spirit will be his comforter, will bring him to the knowledge of his salvation, through faith in the gloriously complete work of Immanuel, by which he shall find himself freed from guilt and fear, and in Jesus made a partaker of grace and glory. Then the joy of the holy Ghost is felt in his soul, and his heart is in tune to bless the Lord his God.
O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation ;. I will trust and not be afraid : for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song, he also has become my salvation: therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. These wells are the fountains of grace, from which the heavenly travellers draw their holy comforts,
and with which refreshed, they go on from strength to strength, praising Jehovah, and ascribing to him all the glory of their salva-) tion. He was angry with them, and justly. The fire of his wrath might have burned to: the lowest hell ; and his law, his justice, his holiness, and his truth, would have been glorified for ever in their destruction. But ad-: mired be his mercy, adored be his sovereign grace, he himself found out a way to magnify every divine attribute in their salvation. This was the wonderful contrivance of the Three in covenant. The Father accepted his coequal Son in the place of his people, and his obedience unto death in their stead; he is now perfectly reconciled to them in Jesus; his anger is turned away from them. And when it is given unto them to know it, and they receive the comfort of it, when they have joy and peace, in believing, oh what a day of light and glory then breaks in, upon their souls-a day sometimes clouded with the rising mists and vapours of the body of sin, but often so bright and serene, that the warm beams of the Sun of righteousness shine di
rectly into their hearts. These are times of great refreshing from the presence of the Lord. The communications of his love are then felt with pure delight; and the soul is made sensible that it is in Jesus a happy partaker of the fulness of joy. The man cannot contain his mighty bliss; but breaks out aloud into thanks, and calls upon the by-standers to admire the marvellous goodness of God. Behold, see here a miracle of grace --God is my salvation --wonder with me at the exceeding riches of this love-Why me? What am I, that the most high God should be my Saviour ? I am sure he never set his love upon one more unworthy, nor plucked any brand out of the burning, that was fitter fuel for hell-fire. O help me then, angels and men, to praise and adore that infinite mercy, which contrived, wrought out, and has now applied to me, this salvation, with all its blessings. My debt increases, and I want to praise him more; for in that unspeakable gift of his Son, he gave me all things, and he has now given me faith, and has put me into possession. I have his word
for it, and I believe it—a word of infallible truth, confirmed by promise, ratified by the covenant oath of the blessed Trinity. These engagements cannot be broken, therefore I will trust and not be afraid. On the part of the divine covenantors all is sure. They have given me the fullest security that can be, and I may take the comfort of it. They will never leave me nor forsake me, and my faith shall not fail. Blessed promise! I shall be kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation. Glory be to the Lord Jehovah, who is my strength-his almighty arm holds me up, and therefore he is my song—the same arm will carry me safe to the end; therefore my heart rejoiceth in him, and with my heart will I praise him. I will make my boast of his strength ; all the day long will I be telling of his salvation. How can I mention too often these infinite mercies of my God? I love to dwell on the delightful theme. It warms my heart, it infames mine affections, and raises my soul to heaven. My joys are all in this one-He also has become my salvation. He is my pre