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like other men, greatly disquieted when he is deprived of earthly enjoyments; for he knows that in God's favour there is life. His language therefore is, “ Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither fhall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the fall; yet will I rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of my falvation.” In prosperity he is kept humble and modest; in afli&tion, submissive and patient; because he is persuaded, " that all things work together for good to them that love God, and are the called according to his purpose.” He glories in tribulation, since “ tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is fhed abroad in his heart, by the Holy Ghost.”

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SECT. III.

The Duty and Privilege of those who are satisfied

respecting their Interest in the Divine Favour.

IT certainly becomes those who are fatisfied, on good grounds, refpe&ting their interest in the fa. vour of God, to be very thankful. You ought to prize the privilege very highly, and to adore the

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Author of peace and consolation, for having
brought you into this safe and happy state. You
had no natural right to this distinguishing blessing,
neither could you possibly have procured it by any
meritorious actions of your own. If Mephibosheth
was so affected with the kindness of David to him,
that he exclaimed, “ What is thy servant, that
thou shouldest look on such a dead dog as I am!"
How should the kindness and love of God affect
your heart, and inflame your gratitude ? Surely, it
becometh the just to be thankful, and to express
their thankfulness in songs of praise.

“ Bless the
Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless
his holy name; who forgiveth all thy fins, and
healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life
from destruction, and crowneth thee with loving-
kindness and tender mercy.”

It becomes you to keep in memory the various instances of God's goodness to you, and to endeavour to improve them in the best manner you are able. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, received gracious messages from heaven, she kept them in remembrance, and pondered them in her heart. Go you, and do likewise. Let not the tokens of divine love be forgotten. Walk worthy of the exalted privileges you enjoy. In all your words, works and ways, be afraid of offending your gra

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cious Benefactor. Seek constantly to please him, by doing his will from the heart. After you have received the sweetest pledges of his love, you are ftill in danger of grieving the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. Keep therefore a jealous eye over your own heart; watch and pray that you enter not into temptation.

It becomes you to improve the distinguishing kindness of God to you, for the benefit of others. Say, with the Psalmist, “ Come and hear, all yé that fear God, and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.” When a seasonable opportunity offers, speak to your children, your servants, your companions, and your chriftian brethren, concerning the pleasantness and the peace which are to be found in wisdom's ways. Say to them,

• O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him!” Recommend his service from your own experience; assuring them that his coinmands arè not grievous, but that his yoke is easy, and his burden light. You have good reason to speak well of his name, and to be telling of his falvation from day to day. Be fervent and constant in prayer and supplication to God, for the conversion of finners, and the revival of his work among his professing people. As you have obtained mercy, and have the sweet en

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joyment of the divine favour, pour out your hearts before God, that others may also find mercy with him. Thus Abraham, the friend of God, interceded for his fon, “Oh that Ishmael might live in thy sight!” When you have sweet intercourse with the Father of mercies, plead with him for others. It was the requeft of a certain person to his intimate friend (cum fic tibi fuerit, memento mei) 'when it shall be thus with you, remember me.'

It becomes you to long, to hope, and to wait for the full enjoyment of God's favour in heaven. The sweet and comfortable assurance of his love to you, in your present state of distance from him, should make you restless till you are advanced to the full and final fruition of it in glory. Let the tastes you have of it here, quicken your desires after a full draught of the fountain of life and bliss in the upper world.

world. In the morning of the resurrection, when you awake in the divine likeness, you shall be satisfied. Be constantly looking for the coming of the day of God, and hastening to it. Wait on the Lord, and he will save you, and preserve you to his heavenly kingdom. The righteous go from diftant communion with their Redeemer on earth to intimate fellowship with him in heaven.

Moses, the servant of the Lord, died, according to the word of the Lord." The Jewish Rabbins

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read it (ad ofculum Jehovæ) at the mouth or kiss of Jehovah. The Lord took him away in a sweet embrace. He was then honoured with the appellation of the servant of the Lord, as expressive of the intimacy he had with his divine Master in this world, and of his admittance into the immediate presence of the same Master in the regions of immortality. The foul at death goes to receive the result of its labours; the reward, not of debt, but of grace. Jesus has said, " If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my servants be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” To which we may add the words of the apostle to the Colosħans, " Knowing that of the Lord

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shall receive the reward of the inheri. tance ; for ye serve the Lord Christ." Keep this in view, and be daily longing, hoping, and waiting for it.

I shall close all with the following meditation, by way of paraphrase, on the text which I have endeavoured to explain and enforce through the whole of this treatise.

The divine word informs me, and my own experience bears witness to the delightful truth, that In his favour there is life. To this I can set my seal; so that what many others do but read, I, a

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