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Deity, not mixed with it; before I had three pere ! fons in one essence, here I have two natures in one person, God and man, one Christ, in whom, and by whom, I have a joyful interest and undoubted union in the Godhead. Here is the Father promising, the Son performing, the Holy Spirit comfirming. This is alone that blessed fight of God, that bringeth rest and quietness to my weary soul : to know him to be my God, to have suffered for my fin, and risen again for my justification. To find him supporting, sustaining me in my infirmities, relieving my wants, chastising my errors, revenging my wrongs, repairing. my breaches, dire&ting my ways, protecting my person ; wounding, rending, breaking my obdurate heart; creating in me a clean : heart, and renewing a right spirit within me; bemoaning, bewailing mine iniquities; inviting, nay compelling me to mercy and forgiveness..
Seeing now, O my soul, that God's-being in him. self is incomprehensible, and his love in Christ unutterable, with what filial fear should'st thou think of him, with what awfulness name him, with what reverence and preparedness pray unto him, with what heat of affection love him, with what carefulness and conscience fear to offend him, with what chearfulness and holy diligence devote thy service :: to him..
SEEING that I am utterly unable of myself to comprehend thee, O let me be graciously comprehended of thee, that corruption may be swallowed up of immortality, and humane frailty of eternal glory,
As thou hast given me an understanding in part to know thee, fo give me also affections intirely to love thee, and fixed resolutions to adhere unto thee ; that as thou art truly and eternally one in thine ellence, and yet diftin&tly three in thy persons, so I may be truly and entirely one in my obedience, although distinctly three in my faculties; that all may be but one, and that a pleasing sacrifice of praises unto thee, of profit unto others, of comfort to myfelf.
Forgive my misconceivings of thy facred essence, my rath approaches to thy heavenly presence, my cold, careless, irreligious thoughts, distracted words, undecent actions. Lord I am sailing on the stormy fea of ignorance and misery, O be thou my lure pilot to direct me, my sweet calm to refresh me, my safe harbour to receive me ; for of thee, and through thee, and to thee, are all things : to thee be glory for ever. AMEN,
UPON THE CONSIDERATION OF GOD'S LOVE,
AND MAN'S UNTHANKFULNESS.
A MEDITATION FOR THE MORNING.
W HEN I consider of the richness, of the largeness, of the constancy of thy love to man, of man's vileness and untowardness unto thee his God, I stand amazed at thy goodness, and mine own unthankfulness. How great and invaluable a blessing do I enjoy in being made partaker of the glorious light of this present day? how vile and unworthy, am I that receive it? how great and glorious art thou that givest it? Thou, O Lord, art light inaccessable, unto which no mortal eye can approach ; before whose glorious majesty the blessed angels stand amazed; and I am dust and ashes, yea worse; Lord, (for dust was thy creation, and therefore in its entity was good) before I was dust I was not at all: this not being, by thee became a being, this being beautiful, this beauty immortal; and without thee this happy being is again become far worse than not to be.
What can be more vain, more empty than nothing; ah who is me, I am now become far worse than nothing; thou madeft me all goodness, and that goodness might have made me all blessedness; but I have myself all sin, and this fin hath made me all misery ; there was darkness in not being, but that darkness was incapable ; there is greater derkness in being ill; for this darkness is most capable of the privation of all light of comfort in this life, of the fruition of the blackness of darkness in hell for ever.
This, Lord, was my condition in nature, and without thy gracious help must have been so for ever. Let me now see what my condition is by “grace, by which I enjoy not only the light of nature (without which my life would prove' úncomfortable) but also a sweet and safe assurance, that thou wilt by this happy light conduct me fafely to the blessed light of glory.
- Blessed Lord, I can now look no way but to hap
piness, I now find a true sweetness and composedness of soul, a constant and courageous settledness of heart, even in the very height of all the disturbances of nature, of all the inundation of sin, of all the fluctuations of sorrow, of all the machinations of fatan: from the sweet fountain of thy mercy, arise those precious streams of consolation, which abund.. antly relieve me in this barren wilderness. .
I find indeed a law in my members' continually rebelling against the law of my mind, but I find also thy grace to be sufficient for me, by which I am victorious here, and shall be triumphant hereafter: satan may strive to winnow me like wheat, but this shall make me the purer for thy granary. * I now many find a total and a blessed change of the whole man; mine affections which formerly were captivated unto sin, intirely devoted to thy service; my love with holy David wonderful to thy law, my hatred perfeet againit fin, my desire eager for thy presence, my fear astonishing in thine absence, my delight in thy promises ravishing, my joy in thy performances tri. umphing.
"By these rich endowments of thine, I am wrapt up above the reach of hụman misery; all vain and empty desires of the besotting pleasures of this life, appear truly as they are, but thorns and briars, to disturb the growth of my felicity; how sweet is their loss for thy gain! how easily, how willingly, how joyfully, how thankfully are all these foggy mists of ignorance and error happily dispersed, by the bright rays of my ensuing glory.
Beside these fawning enemies of peace, which flatter to unquietness, I am now able to encounter with those other which affright the soul even in their first appearances, and are able to deject the carnal man even to astonishment, and utterly to expose