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in misery, cast on me a pitying eye, and let thy hand of mercy help me in my distress. Be not a terror unto me, but speak a word of pardon, of peace, and of comfort to my poor soul; for thou only art my hope in the day of evil. I am not worthy to come into thy presence, loaded as I am with guilt, and covered with pollution; yet have mercy upon me according to thy loving-kindness; according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Caft my sins behind thy back. Be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Deal with me according to the favour which thou beareit unto thy people. O visit me with thy falvation.'

If this is your language, my dear reader, you are not far from the kingdom of God. Wait on the Lord, and he will save you; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for him. Be entreated, with. out delay, to make a full surrender of yourself to Goda Present your body and your soul to him, as your reasonable service. Devote your whole self as a free-will offering to him, and he will rem ceive you. Study his word, seek to know his will, and alk of him a right way. Take his yoke uponyou, and wear it with delight. First give your own self unto the Lord, and then unto his church, ac. cording to his will, that you may walk in all his

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ordinances and commandments blameless. Make a willing profession of your subjection to the gospel of Christ. Be ready to say, I am the Lord's; dare to call yourself by the name of Jacob, and to sub{cribe with your hand to the Lord, and surname yourself by the name of Israel. Be fincere and hearty, warm and zealous in the business of reli. gion. Let it be your uppermoft concern to walk with God in humble reverence from day to day. Keep your heart with all diligence; practise con. tinual self-denial; be sober, and watch unto prayer, putting on the breaft-plate of faith and love, and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Remember that Jesus has said, “If a man love me he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." This is the way in which finners are brought to enjoy a comfortable sense of the divine favour. The Lord will not grant the tokens of his favour in any other way than that of his own appointment. Go then to the house of God, inquire in his temple, attend to his ordinances, cast in your lot among those who constitute his family and household, fhew your love to Jesus by keeping his commands; so may you expect to be “ satisfied with favour, and to be full of the blessing of the Lord."

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Thy favour I entreat,

Thou God of love and grace, I bow before thy mercy-seat,

And humbly seek thy face.

I'm vile, and self-abhorr'd,

Polluted and unclean;
Yet look in pity on me, Lord,
And cleanse me from my

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O hearken to my cries,

And set my spirit free;
Thou, O my God, wilt not despise

The heart that mourns for thee.

Thy well-beloved Son

Hath shed his precious blood,
T'atone for crimes which we have done,

And bring us near to God.

Thy promis'd Spirit give,

Thy saving grace impart; Help me in Jesus to believe

With undivided heart.

O tell me thou art mine,

My gloomy fears remove;
Lord, let thy face upon me shine,

And fill me with thy love.

Thy gracious smile afford,

And feal me for thine own; For life is in thy favour, Lord,

But death is in thy frown.

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CHAP. XIII.

The subject concluded in an Address to the Objects of

divine Favour.

I Shall now conclude, with an use of instruction,

addressed more particularly to those who may be denominated the real saints of God; being brought out of darkness into his marvellous light, called with an holy calling, and made, by regenerating and adopting grace, the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. These are interested in the divine fa. vour, according to the tenor of that covenant which is ordered in all things and sure, and contains all their salvation, and all their desire; the distinguishing privilege of which is, “ I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” His favour towards them is, as Davenant observes, (vinculum æternæ benevolentiæ) a bond of eternal love. This bond is indissoluble, and cannot be broken; for his love, like himself, is immutable, and everlasting.

But the sweet and comfortable sense of this love is not always enjoyed by those who in reality are interested in it. For we find some of those pious and holy men, whose experiences are recorded in the sacred scriptures, at certain seasons, complain

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No. XVII. 1.

ing of the absence of God, of the hidings of his face, of their being filled with great bitterness instead of peace, and with forrow and anguish of spirit instead of comfort. It is to such as these that the God of grace and consolation has said, “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempefts and not comforted, for a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer."

SECT. I.

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Of the Doubts and Scruples which some may enter

tain respecting their Interest in God's Favour. Perhaps some person, who may cast his

eyes these pages, may be saying, with a desponding heart, Alas! I fear that I am not in a state of friendship with my Maker, though there is nothing in heaven or earth that. I so much desire. How can I be in the favour of God who am so unworthy of it ? A consciousness of my unworthiness bows down my soul before him from day to day.'

But can you forget that there is no worthiness in any

of the human race to entitle them to the privilege in question ? “ There is none righteous, no

not

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