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fin, in the suffering of punishment for fin, in the severity of that punishment, in the fearful apprehenfion of God's wrath in this severity ; but assure thyself, (O my soul) thou shalt never be forsaken in the final execution of this wrath, in the eternal dura. tion of this final execution.
Lord, if my hopes of heaven were grounded on the weak foundation of mine own abilities, if mine ele&tion was but temporary, I might justly fear this differtion would prove eternal; but now my comfort is, that Chrift is my strong rock, on whoin I am safely built; that nothing can seperate me from his love ; that his decree of mine election is particular, fweet, sure, aud eternal; that the happy means appointed to this blessed end, is faith, holiness, righteousness and fan&tification; holiness to obey the precepts, faith to embrace thy promises, righteousness to enjoy thy saints, and fan&tification to possess myself: thy blessed decree (O Lord) is so far from giving me liberty to commit fin, that it most undoubtedly restrains me from it; if I cannot make my calling and election fure, by thy decreed means of fan&tification, I shall never make my comfort fure by my vain hopes of glorification,
If I look upon Noah, Lot, David, Faceb, fora'l, Chrift himself, I shall there see the several and the sorrowful degrees of this desertion: Noah and
Lot fearfully finning, David a long time resting in fin, and wholly deprived of God's gracious presence for sin; Jonah even doubting of God's favor, in the suddeness and the sharpness of his punishment; and thou O my blessed Saviour, affrighted with the fierceness of thy Father's wrath for sin, and for a time (as thou wert man) despairing of his gracious presence.
Be not afraid therefore, O my soul; for as thou art deserted for thy sins fake, so thou art beloved for thy Saviour's sake; though he hide himself be. hind the wall, (of thy corruption) yet he will graciously look through the lattice (of thine humiliation) Cant. 2. 9 Even this thy present sadness will afford thee some refreshings, some gracious glimpses of his holy spirit; and though thy heart be now disquieted within thee, thou shalt again assuredly receive the voice of joy and gladness. Lord let this teach me to abhor those sins that have deprived me of thy presence ; to seek earnestly to enjoy thee; to rise early to find thee, whom my soul loveth; to settle mine affections upon thy beauty, mine actions upon thy service, that I may he guided by thy grace in this life, and encompassed with thy glory in that to come.
FOR thou, O my blessed Saviour, art infinitely dearer to me than the choicest of those earth. sy vanities; their love is false and uncertain, but thine true and eternal; abundantly sufficient to rejoice me here, to enrich me hereafter.
O Lord my God, my soul lengoth for thee: I am weary of the fins and miseries of this life, and nothing can relieve me but thy blessed presence : O make thy face to shine upon me, and save me for thy mercy fake.
My God, my God, look upon me, why haft thou forsaken me, and art so far from the words of my complaint ? O satisfy my longings, for thou knowest, Lord, that I love thee.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and hide not thy face from my supplications, O hide not thyself from me, nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
Thou hast been my succour, therefore leave me not, nor forsake me, O God of my salvation; make thy face to shine upon thy servant, and save me for thy mercies fake.
O lead me from the bondage of fin, into the blefsed liberty of thy children, that I may be comforted in the sweetness of thy promises, and thou: mayît be delighted in the zeal of my performances.
Give me the comfort of thy help again, and esta. blish me with thy free spirit; O hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble, make haste and hear me,
Lord, I am defiled with sin, and disquieted with sorrow, I am daily vexed with temptations, and hourly overcome with vanity; I am wretchedly infolded in the miseries of mine own corruptions, and woefully beguiled by the devils subtilties; 0 wretched man that I am who shall deliver me?
Lord, I bewail my misery, and implore thy mer. cy; O that I was this hour at union with thee, that I might hereafter joyfully adhere unto thee, he graciously accepted of thee, and for ever glori, wusly exalted by thee. Amen.
BLESSED God, I know that nothing can befal me without thy holy providence, even this present danger is by thine appointment, and what thou hast designed it unto, I know not, I enquire not : Lord give me a sweet and safe assurance: that I am thine, and then do with me what thou. wilt : O let me live, and I fhall praise thee, and. thy judgments fhall help me ; but if thou hast appointed me this hour to die, Olet me then go home unto thee, and be united in a safer, in a. sweeter union with thee. Lord hear me, and have mercy on me, for my dear. Saviour's fake, who hath given his precious 1. fe a ransom for me..
PRESERVE me;. O God, for in thee have I put my trust; forsake me not, O Lord, my God, be not thou far fron me..
Lord;. strengthen and support my wavering: faith, forgive ine all my fins, and suffer not my: laul to be surprised in my last extremity..