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the largeness of his promises, for the keeping of them, and then thou wilt not be discouraged at it. What matters it what he commands, seeing we have his promise?
If thou fearest the strictness of thy ways, that thou shalt not be able to walk in thein, though thou step into them sometimes, stengthen thy faith in this promise, “I will give thee my Spirit to cause thee to walk in my ways." Can sin, or satan, then resist? Nay, surely, the Spirit is stronger; and greater is He that is in us, than those that are against us.
And when we see great duties which God commands, and fear we shall want strength to do them, apply, He hath said, “You shall keep my judgments and do them.
"They shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not be faint: a” that is, those which of themselves could pot step one step, shall be able to run swiftly in the ways of God.
If thou wantest memory to remember the
word of God. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you.
a Iša. xl, 31. b John xiv, 26:
When thou seest thine own ignorance.
When thou seest thine ignorance, and fearest thou shalt not be able to glorify God as thou mightest if thou hadst more knowledge, stir up thyself to desire, and apply, "Thus saith the Lord, I will put my,
law in theirinward parts, and writeit in their hearts; and they shall all know me, saith the Lord, from the greatest to the least. a
“Thou shalt know the Lord.b I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
""The meek will be guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way. What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. The secret of the Lord with them that fear him, and he will shew them his covenant.d
“If thou seekest her as silver, and search for her as treasures, then shalt thou under-. stand righteousness, and judgment, and equity, yea every good path.. Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee, to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; who leave the path of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the. Lord.f
a Jer. xxxi, 33, 34. Hos. ii, 20. Prov. 1, 23. & Psal. xxv, 9, 12, 14. e Prov. ü, 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, f Isa. xi, 9.
“These that seek me early sball find me.a The fool shall not err.b If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. The eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.c The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge.d”
When thou thinkest of the great mystery of GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, and of one divine essence, and three persons,
and seest thy own inability to conceive of this great God, apply, “They shall all know the Lord; the heart of the fool shall understand.”
When we fear God will not reveal his will to us, apply, "I will pour out my mind to you,
He will teach the humble his ways; he will teach him the way he shall choose.”
If thou fearest that, though God reveal his will, yet thy ignorance is such, as thou shalt not be able to understand it, apply, “I will cause you to understand. Thou shalt understand judgment, righteousness, equity, and every good path." If thou fearest men will draw thee
away to error, apply, “Counsel shall preserve thee, and understanding shall keep thee, and deliver thee from the evil way, and from the man that speaketh froward things, and from them that leave the ways of righteousness, * Prov. viii, 17. b Isa. xxxv, 8. c John vii, 17.
d Isa. xxxi, 3, 4.
to walk in the ways of darkness. The fool shall not err: he shall know the doctrine whether it be of God.” If thou desirest grace, and thy desires are
not satisfied. “Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.a
"He will fulfil the desires of them that fear him.b
“Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.d
“The desire of the righteous shall be granted."
Dost thou desire grace? Fearest thou God will not grant thy desire! Apply, "He shall give thee thy heart's desire; he will fulfil thy desire.”
Fearest thou, that if he give grace, it will be but a little! Apply, "Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Thou shalt be filled.” “Blessed are all they which wait for him. He will certainly have mercy upon thee, at the voice of thy cry; when he heareth, he will answer."
When thou beginnest to faint with waiting, apply, "He will certainly have mercy 7f thy heart be dead, and will not stir to God
a Psalm xxxvü, 4. b Psalm cxlv, 19. Ixxxi, 10. d Matt, v, 6. Prov. I, 24. f Isa. XXX, 18, 19,
“Keep sound wisdom and discretion; so shall they be life unto thy soul. I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.c
“Seek the Lord, and ye shall live."
When thou fearest thou shalt never overcome the deadness of thy heart, apply, «Your hearts shall live."
When thou hast got some life, and fearest the losing of it, apply, “Your hearts shall live for ever.” If thou fearest falling away, and beginnest
to decline. "Christ shall also confirm you unto the end that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. The Lord upholdeth all that fall; and raiseth up all those that are bowed down. The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.
“And he shall be like a tree planted by a Psalm xxii, 26. Prov. üi, 21, 22. c Isa. lvii, 15. d Amos v, 4. • 1 Cor. 1, 8. Psal. xvi, 8. 8 Psalm cxlv, 14. ' Psalm xcii, 12, 14.