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secure and careless in our obe
may not grow and his wonderful works that he hath done. That
they might set their hope in God, and not forget
the works of God, but keep his commandments. dience, by presuming Psal. lxxviii. 2. 4. 7. When thou hast eaten and upon thy great and
art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for undeserved the good land which he hath given thee. Beware goodness :
that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes which I command thee this day. Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein ; and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God. Deut. viii. 10 to 14. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted. Joshua vii. 3, 4, 5. Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
So will not we go back from thee : quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. Psal. lxxx. 17, 18.
4. Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and it may lead us to repent- forbearance and longsuffering ; not knowing that
the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? the more dili. Rom. ii. 4. I thought on my ways, and turned my gent and
feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and dethe duties of layed not to keep thy commandments. Make me which thou' to go in the path of thy commandments; for there
in do I delight. Psal. cxix. 59, 60. 35. Only fear
the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your served to us. heart: for consider how great things he hath done
for you. 1 Sam. xii. 24. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a
4. but that
ance, and move us to be
Zealous in all
hast in a marvellous manner pre
good conscience, and of faith unfeigned. 1 Tim. i. 5. Thine enemies said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. Psal. lxxxiii. 2. 12. If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us : then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psal. cxxiv. 2, 3, 4. 7, 8. See also, 2
Cor. vii. 11. 5. Let truth 5. Buy the truth, and sell it not. Prov. xxiii. and justice, 23. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee : bind kindness and them about thy neck ; write them upon the table charity, devotion and of thine heart. Prov. iii. 3. He hath shewed thee, piety, con- O man, what is good ; and what doth the Lord record and unity, with all quire of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, otherwirtues
, and to walk huinbly with thy God ? Micah vi. 8.
Beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith may be the virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge stability of temperance; and to temperance patience; and to our times,
patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindthis Church a praise in the ness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 2 Pet. i.
5 to 7. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all humbly beg thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy for the sake might. Deut. vi. 5. Be of the same mind one ed Lord and toward another. Rom. xii. 16. Endeavouring to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. iv. 3. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil. iv. 8. The Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. Deut. vi. 24. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age ; they shall
earth. All which we
be fat and flourishing ; to shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psal. xcij. 12 to 15. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you : for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth. Zeph. iii
. 20. Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation : the fear of the Lord is his treasure. Isa. xxxiii. 6. Give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isa. Ixii, 7. Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Col.iii. 17. He is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the Head of the body, the Church. Col. i. 17, 18. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord : in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph. ii. 21, 22.
and tender me to
CCLXXXII. A prayer for grace that we may adorn
our Christian Profession. 1. Almigh- 1. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the ty God, and heavenly Fa
heavens ; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Psal. ther, who of ciii. 19. The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's thy gracious throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids
try, the children of men. Psal. xi. 4. Are not two
sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall didst prevent not fall on the ground without your Father. But and imagina- the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear enemies, ne ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many discovering sparrows. Matt. X. 29, 30, 31. The Lord is very founding pitiful, and of tender mercy, James v. 11. As for and wickedle you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant Enterprize, it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to intended this save much people alive. Gen. 1. 20. The heathen day to have
are sunk down in the pit that they made : in the
net which they hid is their own foot taken. The the King, and Lord is known by the judgment which he executState of En- eth : the wicked is snared in the work of his own gland, for the
hands. Psal. ix. 15, 16. He made a pit, and digged
been executed agai
tetnpts of our enemies to
2. We most
the Goveri- it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His ment and Re. mischief shall return upon his own head, and his ligion established violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. among us;
Psal. vii. 15, 16. Shall the throne of iniquity have likewise upon fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a this day wonderfully con- law ? They gather themselves together against the duct thy Ser- soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent William, and blood. But the Lord
my defence, and my God uring him safely into
is the rock of my refuge. And he shall bring upon England, to them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in from the at- their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall
cut them off. Psal. xciv. 20 to 23. Then we debereare us of parted from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day one Religion of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem : and the and
hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way. Ezra viii. 31. See also, Neh. vi. -Exod. iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix.-Psal. lix. 1 to 16.—cxviii.
2. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and humbly praise and praise thy glorious name. 1 Chron. xxix. 13. Stand magnify thy, up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever : Name, for thy and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted unspeakable above all blessing and praise. Neh. ix. 5. Our goodness towards us, ex help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven pressed in
and earth. Psal. cxxiv. 8. Many, O Lord my acts of thy God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, mercy.
and thy thoughts which are to us-ward : they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee : if I would declare and speak of them, they should be more than I am able to express. Psal. xl. 5. 7. And Mordecai sent letters unto all the Jews, to stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteerth day of the same, yearly, as the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day : that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
And the Jews undertook to do as Mordecai had written unto them ;
because Haman, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them: but when Esther came before the king, he commanded that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head. Esth. ix. 20 to 25.
.. We confess it has been of thy mercy alone, that we are not consumed : for our sins have cried to heaven against us, and our iniquities justly called for vengeance upon us.
3. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lan. iii. 22. I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Mal. iii. 6. O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God : for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Ezra ix. 6. See also, Psal. lxxvii.
38, 39.—Neh, ix. 31. 4. But thou hast not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us after ser iniquities; nor given us over,
as we deserved, to be a prey to our enemies; but hast in merey delivered us from their malice, and preserved us from death and destruction. Let the consideration of this thy repeated goodness, O Lord, work in us true repentance, that iniquity may not be our ruin.
4. He hath not dealt with us after our sins ; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psal. ciïi. 10. Thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this. Ezra ix. 13. Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. Job xi. 6. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Psal. cxxiv. 6. Thou hast considered my trouble ; thou bast known my soul in adversities; and hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my foot in a large room. Psal. xxxi. 7, 8. I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. Psal. cxvii. 5. Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Psal. cxvi. 8, 9. Despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and