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as to mortify them on earth? Surely, it is "profitable for me,
that one member perish, rather than that all be cast into • hell,” Matth. v. 24. I see the merchant williog to part with rich wares, if embarked with them ia a form: And thole that have gaogrened legs or arms, willingly Atretch them out to be cut off, to preserve life: And shall I be willing to endure do difficulties for my soul ? Chrilt reckoned souls worth his blood : And is it not worth my self-denial ! Lord, let me oot warm a snake in my bolom, that will at last fting me to the heart.
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HY soul's the fhip, its lading is its lusts,
God's judgments, stormy winds, and daog'rous gusts;
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power of any creature to appeale it. When the Egypcians would by their hieroglyphics cxprefs an impoflibility, they did it by the picture of a man treading upon the waves:
It is storied of Canute, an antient Daoish king, that when a mighty storm of Aattery arose upon him, he appeared it by shewing that he could not appease the sea : But one of his coortiers told him, as he rode ocar the sea-side, · That he was Lord • of the sea, as well as land.' 'Well, (laid the king) we shall see • that by and by ;' and so went to the water fide, and with a loud voice cried, ye seas and waves, come no farther, touch • not my feet.' But the sea came op, ootwithstanding that charge, and coafuted the Aattery. But now Jelas Chrift hath command of them indeed : It is faid of him, Matth. viii. 26. That be rebuked them. And Mark iv. 38. He quiets then with a word, Peace, be fill; as one would hush a child, and it obeyed him.
APPLICATION. Cooscience, when awakened by the terrors of the Lord, is like a raging tempestuous fea; fo it works, so it roars; and it is got in the power of all creatures to hufa or quiet it. Spi. ritual terrors, as well as spiritgal consolatioas, are not knowa till felt. O when the arrows of the Almighty are shot into the Spirit, and the terrors of God set themselves in array agaiost the soul; when the venoin of those arrows driok up the fpirits, and those armies of terrors charge violently and successively upon it, as Job vi. 4. What creature theu is able to stand before them! Even God's owo dear children have felt such terrors, as have distracted them, Pfal. lxxxi. 15. Conscience is the seat of guilt; it is like a burning glass, so it contracts the beams of the threatpings, twitts them together, and reflects them on the soul, uotil it smoke, scorch, and flame. If the wrath of a king be like the roariag of a lion, then what is the Almighty's wrath! which is burning wrath, Job xix. 11. Tearing wrath, Plal. 1. 22. Surprizing wrath, Job xx. 23. And abiding wrath, Job iii. 36.
lo this case no creatore cao relieve ; all are physicians of no value ; some under these terrors have thought hell more tolerable, and by a violeor hand have thrust themselves out of the world into it, to avoid these gaawings : Yet Jesus Christ can quickly calm these mystical waves also, and hush them with a word; yea, he is the Physician, and no other. It is the fpriakling of his blood, which, like a cooliog, fomentation, allays thofe heats withia : That blood of sprinkling speaks peace, when all others have practised upon the soul to no purpose; and the reason is, because he is a Person in whom God and man, justice and mercy, meet, and kiss each other, Eph. ii. 14. And hence faith fetches in peace to the foul, Rom. v. 1.
REFLECTION. Can node appeale a troubled conscience, but Chrift? Then learn, O my soul, to uoderstand, aod daily, more and more, to favour that glorious game, even Jesus, that delivers not only from the wrach to come, but that which is felt here also. O, if the foretaste of hell be so intolerable, if a few drops, let fall oo the conlcience io this life, be fo scaldiog and iolufferable, what is it to have all the vials poured out to eteroity, when there shall be nothing to divert, mitigate, or allay it ?
Here men have somewhat to abate those terrors, fome hopes of mercy, at least a possibility ; but there is none. O my soul ! how art thou loaded with guilt! and what a Magormisabib wouldlt thou be, hould God rouse that sleepy lion in thy bofom! My condition is not at all the better, because my conscience is quiet. Ah, the day is coming, when it must awake, and will lighten and thunder terribly within me, if I get not into Christ the sooner. O Lord, who knows the power of thy wrath ? O let me not carry this guilt out of the world with me, to maintain those everlasting flames; let me give no feep to mine eyes, nor sumber to my eye-lids, till I feel the comfort of that blood of sprinkling, which alone speaketh peace.
The PO E M.
No metapbors to paint a troubled mind.
And he no sooner fpeaks, but all is still,
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and variety of fish, is pot Nightly to be part over. We have not only several sorts of fish in our own leas, which are caught in their teafons ; but from several parts, especially the western parts of England, many fail of ships are feat yearly to the American parts of the world; as Newfoundland, New. England, be. Wheoce every year is brought home, not only edoagh to supply our own nation, but many thousand pounds worth.allo yearly returned from Spaio, and other countries; by which trade many thousand families do fubfift.
APPLICATION. But now, what returós do we make to heaven for these mer. cies? O what dotice is taken of the good hand of Providence, which thus supplies and feeds us with the blessings of the fea? I fear there are but few that own, or act in fubmillion to it, and are careful to returo, according to received benefit. Men do not consider, “ That their works are in the hand of God," Eccl. ix. 1. And even those that have the most immcdiate dependence upon Providence, as merchants and leamen, yet are very prone to uodertake designs in the confidence of their owo wildom and industry ; not looking higher for the blessing, Jam. iv. 13. They often “ sacrifice to their own net, and burn inceale “ to their drag, because by them their portion is fat, and their
meat plen teous,” Hab. i. 16. viz. They attribute what is due to God unto the creature : pow this is a sio highly provoko ing to the Lord; for look in what degree the heart cleaves to the second cause, in the same degree it departs from the living God, Jer. X. 5.
And how do you think the blessed God will take it, to see himlelf thus debased, and the creature thus exalted into bis place; to see you carry yourselves to the creature as to a God, and to the blessed God as to a crcature. Surely, it is a great
and common evil, and such as will blast all, if not timely disa covered and lamented. If we make flesh our arm, it is just with God to wither and dry up
Do we not, my brethren, look upon second causes, as if they had the main ftroke in our business? And with a neglective eye pass by God, as if he came in but collaterally, and on the bye, into it? But, certainly, all endeavours will be unfanctified, if not successless, in which God is not eyed and engaged.
" It is in vain for you to rise up early, and fit up late, and « eat the bread of forrows; for fo he giveth his beloved sleep," Psalm cxxvii. 2. (i.e.) It is to no purpose for men to beat their brains, tire their spirits, and rack their confciences for an estate. The true way of acquiring and enjoying the creature, is by submitting quietly to the will of God, in a prudent and diligent, yet moderate use of lawful means: Nothing can thrive with us till then.
myself of my peace, by these unbelieving cares and distractions ? O this hath been my sin ! I have acted, as if my condition had been at my own dispose;. I have eyed creatures and means too. much, and God too little. How have my hands hanged down with discouragement, when fecond causes have disappeared, or wrought cross to my designs in the world, ready to transfer the fault on this thing, or that! And again, how apt am I to be vainly lifted up in carnal confidence, when I see myself competently furnished with creature munition and provision ? Oh, what a God-provoking wickedness is this ! How oft hath pro. vidence checked my carnal presumption, and dashed many hopeful projects? Yet have I' not owned it, as I ought, and submitted to it. Oh, it is a wonder this hath not closed the hand of providence against me, and pulled down a curse upon all! Ah Lord, let me now learn to acquaint myself with thee, " then shall I decree a thing, and it shall be established,” Job xxii. 28.
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His glorious name; not say, it came by chance.