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VII. These Things, and fundry others, which will be apt upon such Occasions to offer themselves, if apply'd well and warmly to my Conscience, will have a very great and happy force, in forming my Difpofition, and regulating my Conduct, for the time to come. The Recollection of God's abundant Mercies will inflame my Breast with holy Gratitude and fervent Love; fuch as would keep me ever paffionately desirous, to pay the just Tribute of my best Service in return, and chearfully to run the way of his Commandments. The Remembrance of his Judgments will poffefs me with an awful Fear of displeasing him, and convince me, by my own Experience, that no Flesh can stand bePfal.'lxxvi. fore him, when he is angry. My late
Languishings and feeble Condition, will be a seasonable and lively Admonition, what this frail mortal Nature is; These will teach me to die daily to the World, as a Person, who hath here no continuing
City, but ought to seek one to come. Heb. xii.
Person, who must not, from even the most confirmed Health, entertain any such fond Profpects and vain Confidences of long Life, as may tempt me to prefume Death and Judgment at a great distance, and my felf secured against any Surprize from them : Much rather ought I to expect them every Moment ; and, both from the daily Spectacles of Mortality in my Neighbours, and the sensible Decays, or sudden Changes which happen to my felf, quicken my Preparation to
meet that Lord, who hath compared himself Matth. xxiv.
to a Thief in the Night, and foretold us, that 43, 441
he will come in such an hour as we think not. Thus shall I, by a true Christian Prudence, extract Spiritual Advantage out of Temporal Evils ; discern the Goodness and Wisdom of Providence, even in the most afflicting Dispensations; convert the Pains and Diseases of a vile perishing Body, into Instruments of Strength and Health to my Immortal Soul; and have a happy
Occasion of acknowledging with David,
H Y M N.
is within me praise his holy Name.
Who can express the noble Acts of the cvi. 2. Lörd; or shew forth all his Praise?
Which forgiveth all thy Sins : and healeth all thine Infirmities.
Which saveth thy Life from Destruction : and crownetb thee with Mercy and Lovingkindness.
Which satisfieth thy Mouth with good S.
For his Arrows stuck fast in me: and bis xxxviii. 2.
cvii. 18. and I was even hard at Death's Door:
Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and got me to my Lord right humbly:
I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine Age: as for thy Tears they endnre 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 : bold not thing Peace at my Tears. в) 2
is. O spare me a little, that I may recover
any Strength : before I go hence, and be no
So when I cried unto the Lord in my Troll-
He sent his Word, and healed me : and I
was saved from my Destruction.
halt thou Sewed me, and yet didst thou turn
will I praise thee and thy Faith-
Thanksgiving, and pay my Vows unto the most
Highest. 1. xxxviii.
For the Grave cannot praise thee, Death 18. cannot celebrate thee : They that go down to
the Pit cannot declare thy Truth. 19.
But the Living, the Living he shall praise
Nall make known the Goodness of the Lord.
their Trust in thee: for thou, Lord, bast nie-
As for me, I will give great Thanks unto
O come hither and hearken all ye that fear
for my Soul.
I was in misery, and like unto him that is xxxiv. 4. at the point to die: but he delivered me out
of all my fear.
If the Lord had not helped me: it bad not failed, but my Soul had been put to filence. 78. But when I said, my Foot bath slipped :tby Mercy, O Lord, beld me ?:p.
Thou baft turned my Heaviness into Joy: XXX. II.
The Lord is my Strength and my Shield, ny xxviii. 8.
O how plentiful is thy Goodness, which thout xxxi. 23.
O ye that love the Lord, see that ye hate xcvii. 10.
His Mercy and Truth Mall follow me all the xxiii. 6.
I will keep the Ways of the Lord: and will xviii. 21, not forsake my God as the Wicked doth.
For I have an Eye ninto all bis Laws : and will not cast out his Commandments from me.
Praised be the Lord, who hath not cast out lxvi. 18. my Prayer: nor turned bis Mercy from me.
Tea, blessed be the Lord God, even the God lxxii. 18. of Israel: which only doth wondrous things:
And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for
and to the Holy Ghoft.
ever shall be: World without end. Ameu,
in tby Doings, and Gracious in all thy Dispenjations toward the Children of Men ; I tby unworthy Servant proftrate my self before thee, with all the fervent Affections of a grateful Breaft, acknowledging it thy Goodress, tbat I am not long ago consumed. Thou, Lord, hast chaftened and corrected me, but thou hast not given me over unto Death. Blessed therefore be that Divine Wifdom, wbich saw this late Affliction seasonable, and would not suffer me to perish in my Folly, for want of such ne, celary Warning. Blessed be that tender Compassion, which in the midst of Wrath remembred Mercy, which made all my Bed in my Sickness, which passed by my Impatience, and many Infirmities; and inclined a willing Ear, to the wan, dring and discomposed Supplications, of a poor feeble Wretch, when he cried unto thee in bis Extreme Anguilla and Distress. Blessed be the powerful Influences of that Grace, which disposed my Heart to Confideration and Res pentance. But above all, blessed for ever be that Power and Goodness which, by sparing me, when I had deserved to be utterly cilt off, bath given me Opportunity to make good those Holy Resolutions which thyGrace’inspired,wben I was in trouble. Lord,let this Goodness of thine; and my own segious Purposes of Amendment, never flip out of my Mind; but preserve in me a constant tender Sense of the indispenfable Obligations I lie under to better Obedience. Make me every day more and more zealous in promoting thy Glory, and the Good of my Brethren; As a Person saved from Destruction, for this very End, that the Remainder of my Life Mould be employed in the Service of my gracious Deliverer, In this Sense, O my God, I bumbly offer and present unto thee this Soul and Body, rescued from Hell and the Grave; Beseeching thee to keep then thine for ever. O let not the Return of my Health produce a Relapse into my former Sins ; but become an Inftrument of thy greater Honour, of my own