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2. We are always to pray in submission to the will of God ; saying after the utmost importunity we have used, that God would not now take us away, Not my will, but thine be done : prepare me for whatever thou haft determined

i and here I am, do with me as seemeth best in thy sight.

3;. It may be prayer is the means by which our lives are to be prolonged. God waits to be gracious to put an honour upon the duty he himself hath enjoyned, and encouraged our faith in. When it is lowest with us, his arm is not shortened, nor his ear heavy. And having lodged our request with him, we may humbly hope for answers of peace : or however that we shall be no losers by serious application to a throne of grace, as he said not to the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain.

APPLICATION. J. Must we at death bid adieu to all this world : how cautious should we be that we do not over-love or over-value it ; as that will make our parting with it the more difficult. When it goes well with

you,

be not too much transported; and let not affliction overwhelm and fink

you. Remember

you must e'er long leave both the one treatment and the other; and therefore are to be more concerned about the world you are going to, than that in which your stay is so uncertain and short.

2. How miserable are they who have their portion in the present life, which upon their going hence they must leave for ever?

3. When

3. When gone from hence are we to come back no more, how much are we concerned before-hand, to make provision for, and send our best concerns before-hand into that state, in which we are to dwell for ever?

If our lives have been in danger and spared, let us endeavour to answer the end by labouring after strength necessary to our dying safely and comfortably : that when others upon receiving the sentence of death, cry bitterly, o Spare; upon the notice that Christ is coming to call for you, you may fay, Amen, Come Lord Fesus, come quickly.

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S E R M O N III.

PSALM XXIV. 10.
--But they that seek the Lord, fall

not want any good thing.

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HE belief of God's taking a special care

in his providence to supply the wants of good men, conduceth highly to the comfort of such in their walking with him : and that they have ground for such a faith, it is evident from the words of the text.

Doct. God will so provide for those that fincerely seek kim, that they shall not want any thing that be their beavenly Father knows to be good for them.

And what more reviving news can be heard amidst the straits to which they are often reduced ? That therefore we may apply comfort to whom comfort is due, I shall I. Láy down the characters of the persons here

spoken of, They that seek the Lord. II. Open the endearing promise made to such,

viz. That they shall not want arly good thing. III. Shew, by what this promise is to be meafured,

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IV. The grounds from whence its certain accomplishment may

be inferred. I. Let us lay down the character of the persons here spoken of, They that seek the Lord.

In general they that do this, are such as are born of God; and fo seek him,

Í. As one in whose favour their life is bound up. This is the sense of foul in which they are breathing after him. PJ: lxxiii. 25. Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is noné upon earth that I defire besides thee. Without God I cannot but be miserable, whatever else I enjoy: in him I have enough to my compleat felicity, though stripped of all things elfé. I envy not their happiness who can say of crowns and kingdoms, they are mine ; while I can look to heaven, and fay of him that has his throne there, He is mine. Nothing short of him can fatisfy; and besides him, I can need no more.

2. They that seek God, seek him in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom alone they can find him to their comfort; as in him alone he hath declared himself well-pleased.

3. They that seek God, do it in obedience to his con mand, and upon the encouragernent of his promise, that he will not leave them to seek him in vain. A new heart is given them, the temper of which is this way discovered. Pfalm xxvii. 8. When thou saidi, Seek ze my făce, my heart faid unto thee, Tliy face, O Lord, will I feek. The word of God is their warrant for seeking after him: his word of precept makes it their duty, and his word of promile is the

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ground of their hope that it shall not be lost labour ; as be said not unto the feed of Jacob, Seek g'e me in vain, Ifa. xlv.

19. 4. They that seek God, do it in the use of all the means he has appointed, and cannot be content or easy if they miss of him in the use of them. Ordinances in their account are valuable things, and what none can prize more than they ; but these cannot be to them instead of God, and theref e, in attending upon them this is their language, expressive of their inward sense, Psalm xlii. 1, 2.

As the bart panteth after the water-brooks, jo panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. The duty, the ordinance, the time and place in which they meet with God, is sweet indeed, leading them to say in a holy transport, This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of beaven : and afterwards to reflect upon it with a peculiar delight, And when they experience nothing of this, they truly mourn.

5. They ahat seek God, do it with the whole heart. This the Psalmist profeffes for himself, who was one of them, Psalm cxix. 10. And to this the promise of finding him is made, Jeremiah xxix. 13. And ye shall seek me,

and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your beart.

6. They that feek God aright, persevere therein. Though he hide his face, or seem to frown, they seek him ftill, and are resolved to do so.

They are sensible they have as much need of God as ever, and he has as

much

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