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Let not these instances of divine favour be overlooked.

« In the day when I cried,” says the Psalmift, thou answeredit me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. I called upon the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me out of my distresses.” The tokens of divine favour have been granted to you when you have been seeking them, by prayers, and tears, and humiliations. The gracious promises of the God of truth have thus been accomplished in your behalf, so that you have been conAtrained to say, “ Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, according to thy word.”

You can, perhaps, récollect some happy seasons when the Lord has manifested himself to you with such clear discoveries of his special love, as that you could not then doubt of your interest in it. The Holy Spirit brought his own evidence along with him, bearing witness with your fpirits that you were the children of God, so that

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could say, with humble confidence, " I know that my Redeemer liveth." The Lord was ready to save you when your heart was fainting, and your flesh failing; his fatisfying comforts came in so seasonably, as to bring you back, as it were, from the gates of death. When you were saying, “ Will he be fávourable no more? Is his mercy clean

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gone for ever? Will he be favourable no more ?" You have then, in the hour of your extremity, experienced, that he has turned your darkness into day; he has put off your fackcloth, and girded you with gladness. The effects of these manifestations gave evidence to you whence they proceeded. For if the king's favour is as dew upon the grass, the favour of the King of kings must have a kindly influence on the heart to draw it to himself, and to make the soul fruitful in his ways.

This leads me to ask you, What is your behaviour towards God? When indulged with tokens of his love, do you welcome them, prize them, and bear them in remembrance? We pay great attention to the tokens of love which we receive from our earthly friends. Their gifts are laid up among our choicest treasures.

We put a high value on the least expressions of regard from those whom we sincerely love. Surely then we should be greatly affected with every indication of our Redeemer's favour, and say to him, " Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in thy name. My foul shall be satisfied with marrow and fatness; and my mouth fhall praise thee with joyful lips, when I remember thee upon my bed, and medi.

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tate on thee in he night-watches; because thou haft been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice." *

After such gracious manifestations of divine favour, are you excited to watchfulness and circumspection? A person who travels in a strange country, having rich jewels, and other valuable articles in his possession, is constantly on his guard, left he should be robbed of his treasure. Do you :

proceed with the same caution, left fin, Satan, or . a deluding world should deprive you of your {piritual comforts ? What Ezra says, in respect to. Q2

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John was called the disciple whom Jesus loved. And where will heraldry, among all her boasted titles of honour, find one that can stand in competition with that which was conferred upon him? He was beloved of Jesus, who was himself the beloved of the Father. Could we suppose a prince to reign universal monarch over all the kingdoms of the world, the sole fountain of every kind of earthly honour to every individual man under the whole heavens, how gladly, at the hour of death, would he resign all, to be the beloved difciple of such a Master ? And if nothing be esteemed too high a price for the favour of an earthly sovereign, a man, whose breath is in nis noftrils, how should we value the love of him who abideth for ever, and will make us partakers of his own immortality!!

Bp. Horne's sermon on The beloved Disciple.

the Ifraelites in general, may be justly referred to in this case; “And now, for a little space, grace liath been shewed from the Lord our God, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage; should we again break his commandments, would he not be angry with us?”

Do you endeavour to comfort others with the comforts wherewith you have been comforted of God? Do you speak well of his name? Do you tell of his falvation from day to day, among fuch as are likely to profit by the relation ? Are you saying, " Come and hear, ye that fear God, and I will tell you what he hath done for my fou! ?" Do these instances of divine favour make

you long for the heavenly state, where you shall be in no danger of offending God, or of being deprived of the light of his countenance? Do you love and long for the Redeemer's appearance ? Is the language of your soul like that of holy men of old, • When shall I come and appear before God in Zion! How long fhall I dwell in Mesech, and fo. journ in the tents of Kedar? When shall I be in the presence of my Saviour, where there is fulness of joy, and at whose right hand there are pleasures for evermore! When shall I behold his face in righteousness, awake in his likeness, and be fatis.

T." fied! I shall then know that in his favour is life. If it be so delightfully transporting to taste that he is gracious here below, what will it be to dwell with him for ever above! In my flesh shall I see God, in the person of his Son, not through a glass darkly, but face to face. O blessed day! When shall it dawn; when my willing soul shall take her flight above the sun, the moon, and the starry lamps of heaven, into the immediate presence of my Saviour!

Come love, come life, and that blest day
For which I languish, come away!'

But let me farther ask

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belaviour towards God, in the general course of your life? If you are the beloved of God, and called to be saints, fome evidence of this must appear, both in the frame of your fpirits, and in your outward conversation. Are you afraid of doing any thing that may grieve the Holy Spirit? Do you hate sin, and fly from it, because it is offensive to the Most High? When temptations to that which is evil present themselves, do you repel them like Foseph, “ How shall I do this wickedness, and fin against God!” Do you reverence the commands of Zion's King, endeavouring to yield obedience to them, and making it the conftant care and busin

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