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Turn again our captivity, O Lord. Psalm cxxvi. 4.- Divine Answer:
The Lord has anointed me to preach good tidlings unto the mrek, to proclaim liberty to the cantives, and the opening of the prison to them that are buund. Isà, Ixi, 1. For thus saith the Lord, &c. I will give thee for a cove! int to he pe); 6, 8that thoil mayst say to thepira soners, Go forth; to th:m that are in darkness, Show yourselves : they shall feel in the ways, and ih ·ir pastures shall be in all high places ; they shall not hunger nor thirst. Isa. xlix. 8, 9, 10, See also
chap. xxxv. 10. O Lord, I am hungering after the righteousness and freedom, not
only of faith but of holiness alsu ! not that i "ay make holiness the foundation of hope, but the evidence of faith; and that I may be able to rejoice and take the comfort of thy righteousness alone, without deceiving my
soul. Grant, therefore, that may be truly filled, and may be strong, easy, and free, so as to be kept no longer in any of the most subtle bonds, either of the law, unbelief, and a bad conscience, or of a carnal worldly mind !
Bury'd in shadows of the night He sets the pris'ners free, and breaks
G.ace, wisdom, pow'r, and righteousness; Jesus beholds where Satan reigns, Thou art our mighty All., and we Binding his slaves in heavy chains ; Give our whole selves, O Lord, to thee.
How long wilt thou hide thy face from me, O Lord? Psalm xiii. 1.
Divine Answer: For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee: for this is as the waters of Nonh unto me; for as I have sworn that the wuters of Noah should no more go over the earth ; so have I sworn that I would not be wroih with thee, nor rebuke thee. Isa. liv. 7-9.
the Lord is pleased to quicken us in our prayers with a lively impression of one or more pr mises, we are apt to think that the hour of his help is come. But afterwards it may be, he not only hides himself for a great while again, but things take even such a strange and contrary course, as if all had been nothing, or as if nothing was more uneertain than tile word of God : nay, even God himself. They who deny such temptations, are strangers both to themselves and to the devices of Satan. But Christians must then be prudently upon their guard, thinking that God is going to do some glorious things for them; for if they be first more convinced of their utter unworthiness ; if they act with faith and patience, and be more earnest in prayers, they are fit to receive so much more grace afterwards. Though yet, after all, God, as a Sovereign, will give such measures of grace, at such seasons, and to such persons, as he pleases. Pear Lord, behold our sore distress; An advocate so near the throne Our sins attempt to reign;
Pleads and prevails with God. Stretch out thine arm of conqu’ring grace, How boundless is our Father's gracę, And let thy foes be slain.
In height, in depth, and length ! If thou despise a mortal groan,
He made his Son our righteousness; Yet hear a Saviour's blood;
His Spirit is our strength :
Hlow long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Psal. xiii. 1. Divine An.
swer: Can it woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb.? Yeu, they may foryct, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have
the palms of my hani's; thy wulls are continuully before me. Isa. xlix. 15, 16. I will not leave you comfortless. John xiv. 18.
Werk all our sins and afflictions so soon to be prayed away with a
few words, whence these sad and repeated complaints of David ? Why should God advise us to wait for hiin, and persevere in hope? And how could faith and patience be exercised ? In cur closets we may be lifted up with high speculations; scem to be strong, and able to leap over all the walls ; but in great distress we see liow dejected and distrusting our hearts often are (Psalm xxx. 7,8); but the Lord preserves us.
Can a woman's tender care
Thou shalt see my glory soon,
Mine is an unchanging love,
Lord, it is my chief complaint,
Show me thy ways, O Lord, and teach me thy paths. Psalm xxv. 4. Show me now ihy way, that I may know thee. Exod. xxxiii. 13.- Divine Answer: I will instruct thee, and teach thee in the wuy
which thou shalt go.
I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm xxxii. 8. My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. Exod. xxxiii. 14. O Lord, suffer me not to step aside one inch from thy way, much less
to fall away from thee, the true Vine and Fortress of my soul, by the plausible insinuations of my own brain and imagination. May I never run, before thou hast called me, to the hurt of my soul! but constantly and confidently abide in thee, always drawing first the necessary light and strength from thee by never-ceasing supplications. Grant that, my eye being fixed continually upon thee, I may be guided into all truth, my doings
be attended with thy blessings, and my whole life be a constant progress towards Heaven!
CHRIST'S ANSWER. I will keep thee as the apple of mine eye, that no evil shall come near thee. As a careful mother watches over her child, so have I undertaken to teach thee my path, and guide thee with my own eyes. Whatever faintings and failings may befall thee, yet will I be ever faithful, raising thee up again, and leading thee on evermore in my ways. Nay, as a good Shepherd, I will carry thee in my own arms, whenever thy increasing weakness shall require.” M: hono'ır is engaged to save
All that my heavenly Father gave, The minnest of my shcep;
My hands securely keep.
By these (books) my son, be admonished. Eccles. xi. 12. Bul, as nezeborn bubes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby. 1. Pet. ïi. 2. NE
EW-BORN babes must not self-conceitedly be desirous of high things
and strong meat. Such have more need experimentally to understand the first oracles of Christ, and taste the milk and saving power of the gospel. This would best make them
grace, and wean them from the world ; since a sucking child esteems nothing else in comparison of its mother's breast ! and those that delight in more lofty vain imaginations than the Bible, do not follow the right spirit, and at last must come to their Catechism again ; for the more a Christian is approaching to his end, and desires to be duly prepared for Heaven, the more he walks in deep humility and godly simplicity, placing himself on the lowest bench of weak and little children. And thus they are the fittest vessels of grace; they will certainly be enlightened, and have the mystery of Christ revealed in their hearts. Mat. xi. 25. There was an hour when Christ rejoic'd, But all this glory lies conceald And spoke his joy in words of praise ; Fromn men of prudence and of wit ; Father, I thank thee, mighty God, The prince of darkness blinds their eyes; Lord of the Earth, and Heav'n, and Seas! And their own pride resists the light.
I thank thy sov'reign pow'r and love, Father, 'tis thus because thy will That crowns my doctrine with success;
Chose and ordain'd it should be so ; And makes the babes in knowledge learn 'Tis thy delight t'abase the proud, The height, the breadth, and length of grace. And lay the haughty scorner low,