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saying, Thou art worthy to receive glory, bonour and power; for thou haft created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. © how majestick is the appearance of a God in Chrift! how majestick is his throne, high and lifted up! how majettick is his retinue filling the wide temple of heaven and earth.
2. See hence the ground that the assurance of faith goes upon in drawing near to a throne of grace. Why, it goes upon the ground of the divine veracity pledged in a covenant of grace; it sees this bow about the throne, and this gives the man courage and confidence; Abraham's faith builded its assurance here. Rom. iv. 20. He staggered not at the promise through unbelief; being fully persuaded that what be bad promi sed he was able to perform. If you were putting up that petition, firs, to God that he would hem in the waters of the ocean, and bind up the fountains of the great deep, that the waters might not return to overflow the earth, I am persuaded that you would ask it with a full assurance of faith nothing doubting his veracity in granting you that petition, because God has promised that the waters shall no more return to destroy the earth; and he has fet his bow in the cloud as a token of his veracity in that matter? Well, I am sure you have as firm a ground to build your faith upon, when you draw near to a
throne of grace, to ask of bim things agreeable to · his will, things promised in the covenant of grace,
peace, pardon, and salvation thro' a redeemer, you have the veracity of the fame God pledged, not only his veracity but his power, his holiness and other perfections; yea, firs, God's covenant of grace that is made with us in Christ is more firm than God's covenant with Noah; for, as you have heard, this
covenant of grace is attested by the three that bear record in heaven, it is sealed with the oath and blood of God, and register'd in the volume of his book ; and therefore at any time when you go to a throne of grace for any mercy, keep your eye upon the bow of the covenant, and the faithfulness of God pledged therein, that so you may hope and trust and believe without staggering.
3. See hence the way how to be supported and relieved under all pressures of trouble of whatever kind, whether from without or from within. My friends, you have been at a communion-table, and I hope you have been upon the mount with God feeding upon fat things full of marrow; now we are about to part, we are going out 'again to the wide world, and God knows what deep seas, what tempestuous waves and storms from earth and hell may be abiding us: Well, whatever may befal you, I give you this advice, to keep your eyes always upon the rainbow of the covenant about the throne, of which you have been getting a sensible seal in the facrament of the Lord's supper, especially in the cases following, and you shall find wonderful relief and support, as David did to his experience. Pfal. xxvii. 13. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
1. Then perhaps, poor believer, a storm of vindictive wrath in appearance may blow from heaven, which will startle thy conscience to that degree, that thou shalt be made to cry, through a sense of guilt, and the impressions of God's anger on thy soul, The arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poifon thereof drinketh up my spirits, the terrors of Göd set themselves in array against me. Well, if that
happen to be thy case, as I know not but it may, look to the rainbow of the covenant about the throne, and there you shall see the faithfulness of God engaged, that vindictive wrath shall never touch thee. Read for this, Isa. liv. 7, 8, 9, 10. There you see the oath of God is past, that the deluge of vindictive anger shall no more return to destroy thee; and what more wouldst thou have? will unbelief dare to charge God with perjury?
2. Perhaps, believer, a storm of trouble from the world may blow upon thee, times of public calamity may come, days of persecution for righteousness fake, or if that fail, a storm of personal trial may be abiding thee ; trouble in thy name, in thy estate, in thy family or relations; the storm may blow fo hard as to sweep away all that is dear to thee in a world. Well, say you, what shall I do in that case? Why, my advice to you is to cast the eye of faith upon the bow of the covenant ; and there thou shalt find what will chear and keep up thy heart; there thou shalt find thy covenanted God in Christ promiseth his sympathy in all thy troubles. Isa. Ixiii. 9. In all their affli&tions be is afflicted. Psal. ciii, 13. As a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitietb them that fear him. There you shall find hiin engaged to go thro’ the fire and water with thee. Ija. xliii. 2. When thou passeft through the waters I will be with thee. There you will find hiin engaging himself by covenant to carry thy head above. Ifa. xli, 10. Fear not, for 1 am with thee: I will belp thee, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. There thou shalt find him engag'd to bring thee fafely thro’all thy trou. bles: Many are the affliétions of the righteous, but the Lord Mall deliver him out of them all. Thou shalt find that thy light affliptions which are but for a moment, Shall work for thee a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
3. Perhaps a form from hell may be abiding thee, principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world; the armed legions of the bottomless pit, like the bulls of Bashan, may ere long be pushing at thee. Well, in this case look to the throne of grace, and to the bow of the covenant that surrounds it, and thou shalt find what may, and will relieve thee; you will find that Christ has, according to the first article of the covenant, bruised the head of that ferpent, Spoiled principalities and powers, triumphed over them, and made a show of them openly on bis crofs : he has destroyed death, and him that had the power of death. There thou wilt find him engaged to stand by thee, as thy leader and commander, to make thee tread Satan under thy feet Shortly: And by faith acted upon this covenant, thou art assured of the victory; yea, that thou art a conqueror, and more than a conqueror, through him that loved thee.
4. Perhaps, believer, thou may in a little time find the strong man of indwelling fin, like Sampson after his locks were cut, recover strength, and begin to rage in thy soul, insomuch that thou shalt be made to cry with the apostle, Wretched man that I am, who all deliver me! Well, in that case look to the throne of grace, and the bow of the covenant, and thou shalt find God engaging himself to give grace and mercy to help thee in this time of need. Rom. vi. 14. He has said, fin kall not have dominion over you. Micah vii. 19. I will subdue their iniquities. Ezek. xxxvi. 25. From all their idols, and from all their filthiness will 1 cleanse them. Ifa. lix. 19. . VOL. II.
When the enemy hall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord hall lift up a standard against him."
5. Perhaps in a little time Satan and corruption together may give thee a trip, and lay thee on thy back, and as it were tread thee in a mire, so that thy own cloaths shall abhor thee ; and what shall be done in that case? Well, even in that case look up to the throne, and behold the exalted prince that gives repentance and remiffion of sin, that he may lift thee up again, and by the blood of his covenant bring thee out of the pit wherein there is no water, Take a view of the bow of the covenant, and thou wilt find written upon the arch of this bow, That though thou haft lien among the pots, he will make thee like the wings of a dove covered with filver, and ber feathers with yellow gold. Listen to his voice that fits upon the throne, and thou wilt hear him faying, though thou hast played the barlot with many lovers, yet return again to me, saith the Lord.
6. Perhaps a black and melancholy night of desertion may overtake thee in thy way; God may hide, and thou be brought to cry with the church, The Lord bath forsaken, and my God bath forgotten. Well, though thou walk in darkness, and see no light, get trust in the name of the Lord, stay thyself upon him by virtue of the covenant as thy God; for here he is engaged, that he will be thy God for ever, that he will never leave thee nor for fake ibee as to his real presence; and that though weeping may endure for a night, get joy cometh in the morning : For a 'little moment' have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I bid my face from thee, for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, faith the Lord tby redeemer,