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favors, when I am unmindful of mine own miseries, teven then thou graciously providest for me, and yet for all this, I have not hitherto resolved seriously to. come unto thee.
Such, and so many are my sins, so great is my unthankfulness, that I now tremble to appear before thee; and yet so tender is thy mercy to me, that thou again allurest me to comfort and contentment. Lord, into the blessed bosom of thy love I'cast myself for safety and protection, and in the midst of danger, even in death itself will joyfully rely upon thee.
FOR thou, O Lord, art my strong rock and fortress, unto which I will always resort: Lord keep me as the apple of thine eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings..
Strengthen my weak faith against the strong affaults of satan ; support and comfort me in all the fears and terrors of mine own accusing conscience ; protect and keep me in this present journey; let thy holy angels be my blessed guardians, to protect me in life, to preserve me in death, and to assist me after death.
O let me never grieve those blessed spirits, (which though invisible, yet more assuredly are my attend. ants ;) Lord, as thou hast given them readiness and cheerfulness of mind to watch my preservation, and further my salvation, so give me carefulness and
constancy of soul to enjoy them in my life and conversation.
And seeing, Lord, I cannot know my hour of diffolution, O teach me so to number my days, that I may apply my heart unto heavenly wisdom; that I may obtain a sweet assurance of thy love in Christ; unfeigned sorrow for my sins, a sincere and constant heart to thy service, and a chearful readiness at thy call. Amen.
CONTAINING PIOUS MEDITATIONS, AND ZEA
LOUS EJACULATIONS AFTER A JOURNEY,
I AM now by God's gracious providence returned safe unto mine earthly home, but am still travelling to my heavenly : there is nothing in this life but łabour and sorrow, nothing in that but rest and happiness, and yet, I dote upon the one, and neglect the other.. Lord, if my treasure were with thee, my heart would be there also: when thou givest me more knowledge of thee, I shall have more defire to come unto thee: when my sins have made me more sensible of mine own misery, thy grace, (I trust). will make me more capable of thy sweet mercy.
Lord, if this vain unquietness be so refreshing to way mortal body, how truly blessed will thy heavenly rest be to mine immortal foul? when thou Lord, wilt wipe away all tears from mine eyes, all akings from my heart; when there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, not crying, nor any more pain; when soul and body shall triumphantly and joyfully repole.
! malves in thee for ever: when they shall drink Fay of the rivers of thy pleasures, and be for ever. satisried with the fatness of thy house.
I confess myself unworthy to enjoy this outward rest in this mine earthly home, much more unworthy to enjoy that inward rest, that sweet assurance of a lively hope, to be partaker of eternal rest : howwretched is my body without this outward quietness? how much more wretched is my soul without thee? thou O Lord, art my shield, to defend me, my staff, to uphold me, my food to sustain me, my wine to glad me, my beloved to embrace me, my pleasure to delight me, my joy to ravish me, my sweet and safe repose for ever to refresh me.
Let this teach me, O Lord, to fix my thoughts on heaven and heavenly things; to use this world soberly in thee, and to thee; to view it (truly as it is) a barren wilderness, a transitory, vain, and empty thing, far inconsistent with my real happiness; to desire nothing, to enjoy nothing in the creature, but only in, and unto thee the great Creator; so shall no pleasure bewitch me, no unjust profit beguile me, no sudden sorrow dismay me, no terrors of conscience. affright me.
TO thee, O thou sovereign of my soul, do I devote the remnant of my sinful days, to love thee, to praise thee, to honor thee, to rest in the for ever.
Lord, wean me from the fins and miseries of this life, and raise my thoughts to immortallity: let the sweetness of thy heavenly joys relieve the harshness
of my worldly sorrows, that mifery may be swallowed up of mercy, and frailty of eternity.
Unite me in a blessed union with thee, that I may constantly adhere unto thee, and be for ever gracia ously accepted of thee: O give me a sweet complacency of soul in thy service, and a willing and a dutiful obedience unto thy commands.
Lord, give me a thankful heart for all thy mercies to me, for thy continual preservation, for thy blessed supportation, for the enjoyment of thy needful comforts in this life, and for the glorious hopes of those in that to come.
Blessed God, so sublimate my sinful soul, that I may see the richness of thy love in Christ, that I may soberly enjoy thy blessings here, and faithfully expect thy joys hereafter.
Lord, all that I have without thee, is mere emptiness, and nothing, mere vanity, and worse than nothing; my glory, shame ; mine honor, ignominy ; my health, ruin ; my riches, poverty; my gain, lofs; my pleasure, pain; my laughter, madness.
Thou, O Lord, art all in all unto me, O grant that nothing may withdraw thy service from thee, that no inclining pleasure may allure me, that no distra&ting care, or finful sorrow may disturb me, but that my soul may now and ever fafely and contentedly rely upon thee.