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At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth. Dan. ix. 23.
Continuing instant in prayer. Rom. xii. 12. Ou comfortable and encouraging thought that in the same moment that
the supplication ascended from the Prophet's heart, the gracious answer descenıled from the heart of Jesus! When we call upon the name of the Lord with simplicity and holy earneştness of soul, the return of grace and Jove meets our request before it hath ascended half way to Heaven ; and when the Lord is going to bloss us, he pours out a spirit of prayer, and raises a cry in our hearts after that particular blessing he is going to communicate. Therefore, when we are enabled to pray earnestly, we may be sure that blessings are coming, and that we shall certainly receive in due time a seasonable and visible help. Then let us only go on, and put, as it were, one weight of prayers after another upon the scales of the sanctuary : surely, our greatest distress will at last be over-balanced, and salvation brought down. But it is well to be observed, that we must also be watchful, and not act contrary to the intent of our prayers, which might provoke the Lord to disannul his grant, or at least to delay lis help, But when he tarries long, it is not his intention to give us a denial, but rather make us more desirous and earnest, that he may bestow the more upon us afterwards; for this delay he will certainly well recompense, and grant us abun. dantly above all that we could ask or think,
Lord, I will not let thee go
Friend of sínners, King of saints,
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant
to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat. Gen. iii
. 9. Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, &c.
James i. 14, 15. Thus one sin always begets another; by the eyes it rushes into the
heart; from the heart it proceeds into the mouth, hands, and feet; from us it is transferred upon others, and thus we go on sinning, and falling deeper and deeper. Therefore we must set a strict guard over our eyes and ears; be very cautious, and resist the least beginnings of sin, not making light of any; for the least spark of worldly lust being entertained and cherished, we eat of the forbidden tree, standing every way
and thereby a great fire may be kindled. But having always our eyes fixed, in all our conversation, upon the
of God in Christ, so as to walk continually in the light, and directly to quell the least inward motions of evil, they will never break forth into gross outward sins, but we shall daily grow in grace. May the Lord enable me to practise this good lesson, and watch himself continually over my heart, eyes, lips, and all other senses and thoughts ! With my whole heart I seek thy face, Thy word I hide within my heart, Oh let me never stray
To keep any conscience clean; From thy commands, O God of grace, And be an everlasting guard Nor trcad the sinner's way!
From ev'ry rising sin.
before us ;
The preaching of the cross is to us, which are saved, the power of God.
1 Cor. i. 18.
That I might always feed upon the cross, and experience its power,
till I have obtained a complete victory! Whosoever was bit by a fiery serpent, and looked upon the brazen serpent, lived. Numb. xxi. 9. Thus always to look upon Christ crucified, is the one thing needful, from which all other blessings flow. John iii. 14, 15. O may the eyes of my faith be fixed immoveable on thee, my crucified Saviour ! for, as long as I live, I shall feel the biting of the old serpent, and therefore have need to look unto thee continually: and thou, gracious Lord, afford me cure, day by day, with entire healing at last !
So did the Hebrew prophet raise
The brazen serpent high;
The camp forborę to die.
And live, the prophet cries;
When Faith lifts up her eyes.
High on the cross the Saviour hung,
High in the heav'ns he reigns :
Look and forget their pains.
A dying world revives;
Th’expiring Gentile lives.
The law is not made for a righteous man, to condemn him. 1 Tim. i. 9.
For he being dead to the law by the death of Christ, and living to
God in righteousness, the law can condemn him no more than a dead man, or one that liveth in Heaven already, nay, Christ himself: for it condemns only the sin; but he is in Christ, without sin ; for the sin being abolished, the wrath and curse of the law is also removed, and grace and blessing restored in its place. Christ has taken all his sins upoa himself, and imparted his own perfect obedience to the law to him; therefore in Christ he has fully satisfied all the demands of the law, and is entirely free from its dreadful curse in his conscience;
the blood of Christ cleansing us from all sins, and consequently from an evil conscience. Heb. ix. 9, 14; and x. 22. Being sprinkled with his blood, and graciously covered with his golden robes, the Lord is perfectly pleased, and finds no more fault with us. The atoning blood makes intercession for us with God, crying continually “ Abba, Abba ; mercy, mercy ; peace, peace ;” and obtains grace, pardon, life, and salvation.
Blood has a voice to pierce the skies;
Pardon and peace from God on high;
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven int
thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. Deut. xxxiii. 26. IN n these last words of Moses. we have the glory of God set forth in the com
munication of good to God's Israel. The whole universe God hath made for his own use, to be the chariot for him to ride in, as is represented in Ezekiel's vision. In this chariot God's seat or throne is Heaven, where he sits and governs. This visible universe, subject to such continual changes and revolutions, we may compare to the wheels of his chariot. God's providence is represented by the motion of the wheels; he brings to pass his own counsels in the lower world, and manages and directs all, as a man doth his chariot which he turns as it pleaseth him. How safe then must they be who are under the wing of the God of Jeshurun! who find him reconciled to them by the death of his Son! and feel themselves reconciled to him by the power of his grace!" “ He rideth on the heavens for their help,” aud none can outstrip his progress, or overturn his purpose. Verily, he it is that giveth strength and victory to his people, blessed be God. Reader, Is the God of Jeshurun, the God of Israel, thy God? Is he who rideth on the heavens thy hclp? Does thine heart trust in him alone, and his grace subdue thine outward iniquities, and thine inbred corruptions? Is he who rideth on the sky thine excellence ? Does he seem only excellent in thy eyes, and cause thee to excel in virtue? Has he planted thec among his excellent ones of the earth, and made thee to abound in faith, and love, and fruits of righteonsness? If the Lord is not thy help, alas, thou wilt be slain by sin, and prove a ruined soul! If the Lord is not thy excellence, thou art still an apostate spirit, a strauger unto God, and to his Christ. Awake, arise, and call upon God; his ear is open unto prayer; and thou art yet on mercy's ground. 0 call upon him speedily, and cry unto him earnestly, that thou perish not.
May Christ, who ruleth in the sky, My soul defend, my wants supply,
And wash me in his blood !