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Job xix.25. For I kilow that my Redeemerlivetbzand that
be fall stand at the Last Day upon the Earth:
And tho? after my Skin Worms destroy this Body; yet in my Flesh fball I fee God:
Wbom I fall fee for my self : And mine
Eyes fall behold, and not another. Fob xi. 25. For be is the Resurrection and the Life:
And whosoever believeth in him, tbo’ be die,
Glory be to the Father, 8c.
PRA Y ERO
ments, and Wonderful in all thy Dealings towards the Children of Men ; Poffefs my Soul, I beseech thee, with awful and becoming Apprebensions of thy Majesty. Give me a serious Sense and Sorrow, for ever having bardened my Heart from tby Fear, and provoked that Vengeance, which can consume me in a Moment. Lord, convince me whom I ought to dread, and let me never, for the gratifying any sinful Inclination, forget any more the Lord my Maker, and incur the Displeasure of Hin, who is able to cast both Body and Soul into Hell. And, as I implore thy Grace, that this. Consideration of tby Power may be an
be an effeétual Check to all my unruly Appetites ; so, I beseech thee, let it be my Stay and Confidence in all Dangers and Distresses. That, forsaking the broken Reeds of all worldly Succours, I may put my wbole Trust in thy Mercy ; and, evermore serving Thee in Holiness and Pureness of Living, may even in Death it self be more than Conqueror. Even in that Joyful Day, when all Enemies shall be destroyed; when thy Children fball come forth from the dark Prisons of tbe. Grave, and. foine like Suns in the Kingdom of Thee their Fatber. Grant this thou Rock of my Sortly for thy dear Soz Jefus Chrift's Şake. Amen,
M ED. III.
Sorrow resulting from it.
1. OD is a Being infinitely perfect and good;
the Supreme, the Original Good ; the. Author and Maker of all Things, and cannot therefore be suppofed, either to hate what himself hath made, or to have given Being to any Thing, with a design to render it miserable: His Providence and Power, which made the Subject of the two former Meditations, are, in their own Nature and Primitive Intencion, calculated for the Benefit and Security of his Creatures. And, if at any time they become the Instruments or Difpensers of Grief and Pain; this is an Effect purely accidental; an Operation fo foreign, that it is even extorted from them, and wholly imputable to fome other Cause. And this is the Case of Mankinds once favour'd above all their Fellow-Creatures, and safe under the Shelter and Smiles of an Almighty Protector : But, by their own Fault, deprived of this Defence; left naked and exposed to Mischiefs and Sufferings, and not only difarmed of their furest Guard, but in perpetual Danger of being destroy'd, by that very Hand, which was formerly their friend and Defender. wretched Confe quences of Sin! that did not only render our first Parents and all their Posterity liable to bodily Death, and all the Diseases and Pains that lead to it; but left a fatal Averseness to all Good, and a strong Propension in us to all Evil. By indulging hereof we add our own actual Guilt, to that which our finful Parents had derived down to us; and by Iniquities without number, by wilful, repeated, habitual, and bold Transgreffions, do confirm and aggravate this Sentence of Death, and arm the Justice of God against our felves..? T
II. Wonder not then, if thou see so many dreadful Spectacles of Amiction in the World; nor murmur, when thou thy self art bound in the fame Fetters, and fore laden with the Burthen of Adversity. But remember, that God is righteous, and thou, and these People are wicked; that he is holy and just, as well as good, and, tho' he do not willingly grieve the Children of Men, yet their Iniquities put a fort of Violence upon him, which he cannot resist. They quite weary him out, and render it impossible, (that is, inconsistent with his other Attributes and the Perfection of his Nature) to let such Men go always unpunished. Nay, even in those infinitely more dreadful Torments of another World, his Perfections are concerned to vindicate themselves; for tho' these be terrible, above what we are able to express or conceive, yet are they just. And, at the same time that we may be apt to question, whether fo great Severity be consistent with the Character of our Judge, we prove the Wisdom of our Lawgiver; and, that even Eternal Pains were necessary, since even all this will not contain us in our Duty, and effectually restrain us from
Sinning - III. And this my Soul, is thy Cafe. These everlasting Plagues are the deserved Wages of thy Wickedness. For do but defcend into thy Self, (as it becomes thee to do, now more efpecially) and there take an exact Survey of thy Miseries and Frailties ; thy raging Passions, and ungovern’d Appetites : Ask thy self, what Abuses and Misemployments of Health thou haft been guilty of. Whether thou have not neglected and forgot God and Heaven too much, and been too full of Care and Fondness for this present World; Whether thou have not omitted his Worship and Sacraments, and disregarded his Word, or whether these have not been frequented formally and coldly. Examine the Heaviness of thy Affections, the Wan
drings and Negligence of thy Mind, in publick and
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thy lurking Corruptions, and Secret Faults ; the unobserved, or the long fince forgotten, Misdemeanors of thy Life. The black Catalogue whereof, could they be set before thee, would give a difmal Profpect full of Horror and Confulion, and intolerable Amazement. So that thou must of necessity acknowledge
self a Mafs of Filth and Misery; a Wretch, that, if God should enter into Judgment with thee, hast reason to expect nothing better than Indignation and Fury; to be set up as a Mark of his Vengeance, and, by some swift exemplary Destruction, swept violently away into the hottest Flames of Hell.
IV. Thus much I am sadly sensible of, and do stand condemned out of my own Mouth. And thus far the
Circumstances of all Mankind are the Pf.cxxx. 3.4. fame, that if God should be extreme to mark what is done amiss, the very best of us all could not abide it. But, blessed be God, though Matters are deplorable, they are not quite defperate ; for there is Mercy with him, and his Justice is fatisfied. The Price and Purchase of our Souls is paid ; Our forfeit Lives are ranfomed and redeemed; Our Ransom in Value exceeds the whole World; even his own beloved and only begotten Son; who fpared not his own Life, but willingly poured out his Soul to the Death; and is thereby become a Sacrifice and Atonement for the Sins of wretched Mortals. He hath published glad Tidings of Reconciliation and Repentance, of Pardon and Peace. He came to fave Sinners, even the Chief of Sinners. Our God willeth not the Death of any ; provided they believe, and fincerely obey him: Not according to the Shekel of the Sanctuary, which requires unsinning Perfection ; but after the Standard of the New Covenant, which allows for Human Frailties, accepts Sorrow for the past, Amendment for the Time to come, a fervent Love of God, and honeft Endeavours to serve him. This is a Saying wor