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occasion of acknowledging with David, that It is good for me to have been in Troue. Psal. cxix. 71• ble, since by that I have learnt more diligently to pra Ctise, more stedfastly to persevere in thy Statutes.
HIMN. D Raise the Lord, O my Soul; and all that is PS. ciii. ii I within me Praise his holy Name.
Praise the Lord, o my Soul ; and forget not 2.. all his. Benefits.
Who can express the noble Acts of the Lord ; cvi. 2: or.shew forth all bis Praise? - Which forgiveth all thy Sins; and healeth all ciii. 3• * thine Infirmities.
Which saveth thy Life from Deftruétion; and crowneth thee with Mercy and Loving-kindness. i.
Which satisfieth thy. Mouth with good things; 5. making thee young and lusty as an Eagle. : · For his Arroivs stuck fast in me; and his xxxviii. .. Hand presled me fore..
There was no Health in my Flesh, because of 3. bis Displeasure ; neither was there any Rest in the my Bones, by reason of my Sin.
My Soul abhorred all manner of Meat ; and evii. 18. I was even bard at Death's Door : : Tben cried I unto thee, O Lord ; and got me XXX. 8. to my Lord right humbly : ;
I said, O my God, take me uzoť away in the cii. 24 midst of mine Age ; as for tby Tears they endure throughout all Generations. :*
But what profit is there in my blood, when xxx. 9. I go down to the Pit ?
Hear my Prayer then, O Lord, and with xxxix. 13; thine Ears consider my Calling : Hold not thy Peace at my Tears.
15. O spare me a little, that I may recover niy
Strength, before I go bence, and be no more feen. cvii. 19. So when I cried unto the Lord in my Trouble ;
be delivered me out of my Distrej. 20. He sent bis Word, and bealed me ; and I was
Saved from my Destruction. Lxxi. 18. 0! what great Troubles and Adversities baft
thou sewed me, and yet didst thow turn and quicken me : rea, and broughteft me from the
deep of the Earth again. 20. Therefore will I praise thee and thy Faithful! 14 nefs, O God: I will offer unto my God Thanksgi
ving, and pay my Vows unto the most Higbest. 1. xxxviii. For the Grave cannot praise thee, Death cannat
celebrate thee ; They that go down to the Pit care
not declare thy Truth. 19 But the Living, the Living be shall praise thee,
as I do this Day; the Father to the Children Mall
make known the Goodness of the Lord. Pfal.ix: 10. And they that know thy Name, will put their
Trust in thee ; for thou, Lord, hast never failód
then that seek thee. cix. 29. As for me I will give great Thanks unto the
Lord with my Mouth ; and praise him among
the Midtitude. lxvi. 14. Q come hither and bearken all ye that fear God,
and I will tell you what he hath done for my Soul. Ixxviii. 15. I was in misery, and like unto him that is at XXXIV, 4, the point to die'; but be delivered me out of all
my fear. cxiv. 17. If the Lord bad mot helped me, it had not fails
ed, but my Soul had been put to silence. 18. But when I said, My Foot hath slipped . tby
Mercy, O Lard,, held me up..
Thou haft turned my Heaviness into Foy; thou XXX. II.
The Lord is my Strength and my Shield, my xxviii. 86
o how plentiful is thy Goodness which thou xxxi. 21.
Oye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the xcvii. to. thing which is evil; the Lord prefervet b the Souls of the Faithful, be deliveretb them from the Hand of the Wicked One.
His Mercy and Truth shall follow me all the xxiii. 6. days of my Life; and I will dwell in the House of the Lord for ever.
I will keep the Ways of the Lord; and will xviü. 21. not forsake my God us the Wicked doth.
For I have an Eye unto all his Laws; and 22.
Praised be the Lord, who hath not cast out my lxvi. 18.
And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for 10,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son ;
and to the Holy Ghost.
shall be: World without end. Amen.
After this Hymn, the Reader may enlarge bis Meditations to the fame purpose, by repeating the xxx, lxxi, xxxii, cxvi, cxviii Pfalms.
Bb 3 PRAYER.
thy Doings, and gracious in all thy Dispensations tos ward the Children of Men ; Ithy unworthy Servant prostrate my self before thee, with all the fervent offictions of a grateful Breast, acknowledging it ihy Goodness, that I am not long ago confirmed. Thou, Lord, hast chaftened and corrected me, but thou hast not given me over unto Death. Blesed therefore be that Divine Wisdom, wbich saw this late Affliction season.ble, and would not suffer me to per rish in my Folly, for went of such necesjäry Warning. Blef. sed be that tender Compofion, which in the midst of Wrath remembred Mercy, which mide all my Bed in my Sickness, which passed by my Impatience, and many Infirmities; and inclined a willing Ear to the wondring and discomposed Supplications of a poor feeble Wretch, when he cried unto thee in bis extreme Anguish and Distress. Blessed be the powerful Influences of that Grace, which disposed my Heart to Corafie deration and Repentance. But, above all, blefled for ever be that Power and Goodness, whicla, by Sparing me when I had deserved to be utterly cut off, hath given me opportunity to make good thife Holy Resolutions which thy Grace inspired, avhen I was in trouble. Lord, let this Goodness of thine, and my own serieus Purposes of Amendment, never flip out of my Mind; but preserve in me a constant tender Sense of the indifpenfible Obligations I lie under to better Obedience, make me every day more and nore zealous in promoting thy Glory, and the Good of my Brethren : As a Person Javed from Deftruéiion, for this very End, that the Remainder of my Life should be employed in the Service of my gracious Deliverer : In this Sense, O my God, I humbly offer and present into thee this Soul and Body, rescued from Hell and the Grave; Beseeching thee to keep them thine for ever, O let not the Return of my Health produce a Relapse into my former Sins; but become on Instrument of thy greater Hurrcur, of my cau'n stricter and more stedfast Virtue bere,
"Glery, and thion, for this sed in the Servi bimbly hell and
in Thee, wborbee: In thee, Wnets lxvii. 4.
and my more exquisite Happiness hereafter. O !'that the Taxi lents of Time and Ability to do good, which have been here-i tofore so wretchedly neglected, may (now they are afresh committed to my Trust) be for the time to come so faithfully im-, proved, that the shining Graces of an exemplary Conversation may hold some proportion with the Blusings I have been: so particularly favoured withal. Let these excite, not me only, but others also, by my Example, to love thee more fervently, to serve thee more cheerfully, to trust in thee more af Suredly. In Tbee, O Lord, who shewest us thy Goodness fo plenteously, and daily poureft thy Benefits upon us : In Thee, who never faileft or for- Pflxviii.19.. fakest them that seek thee: In thee, whose 1x. IO. Mercies are sweet, whose Loving-kindness lxvii. 4.: is better than Life it felf, wbile Service is perfect Freedom, and, in keeping whese XIX. II. Commmandments there is exceeding great Reward.
Totbis End, Jančtifie, I bejeech thee, all the Methods of thy Providence to the Salvation of my. Immortal Soul; And efpecially, let not thy abused Mercies ever rise up in Judgment against me. O! rnzy my paft Suffirings workin me great Himility and godly Fear ; that from Then I may confirm my self in Faith and Patience, and an entire Refignation to thy Will avid wiser Choices.for me. Bring back frequently to niy remembrance the Promises and Supplications poured out in the Bitterness of my Soul, that those successful Addresses to the Throne of Grace, may sir me up effectually to the paying what I then so sclemnly vowed. Open thou my Lips, O Lord, that my Mouth may declare thy Mer- Pj. CIV. 33. cy and Truth as long as I live, and praise my God while I have any Being. and, forasmuch as this Recovery is only the lengthening out a little that Spain of Life which must shortly have an End; Suffer me not, I pray thưe, to forget, that I am á Stranger upon Earth ; but belp me lo to disengage my Heart from these Things here below, which, (my own late Experience bath taught me). cannot profit i12. the Day of Wrath, that my Hopes and Affections may be