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2. Prayer; and to that purpose we have his withes and Promises, which we may turn into prayer ; O go to God, and put him in remembrance of that which he hath delito ed in his word, O that this people had such hearts, as quould Legg me and keep my commandments always, Deut. 8. 29, Şay unto the Lord, it is as ealie with him to create fuch an heart in thee as to wish thou hads such an heart. Put the Lord in mind of his promise, I will take away their fony hearts, and I will give their hearts of fless. Ezek. xi. 19. Entreat him for the Lord's fake to make good this word to thee, cry to him, Come Lord and break this hard heart of mine, prick it, and launce it, and rather than I perin, let thy holy Spirit be a spirit of bondage to it, that I may be afflicted, and mourn, and weep for my, fios.
3. To that, assault of fwallowing up thy heart with o ver-much forrow, this is more usual with God's people; many a soul hath many a time complained, No heart so hard as mine, my fias are above ordinary, of a scarlec, crimson dye, and my forrow is very poor and scant, ia no proportion to my great and grievous provocations, and therefore as yet I cannot, dare nut, will not meddle with any mercy, apply any promise, or be persuaded that Jefus Chrilt belongs unto me, Oh that any fhould wilfully lyo upon the rack of terror, and trouble of mind! Oh that. any should lay himself thus open to Satan's horrible injecti, ons, and cruel temptations! away, away with all excepti, ons, Pretexts, scruples, standings out to receive Jesus Chrift. And.consider,
1: It is not the greatness of thy forrow but the truth of thy sorrow far fin, aslin, that God expecta, The devil tells thee of thy great fin, and little forrow, and of the poor proportion betwixt these two; and the truth is, if an exact proportion of forrow to the inherent nature and demerit of fio be looked at, there is none fuch to be found. Alas! what proportion is there betwixe faite and infinite !. Thy sorrow is finite, but thy leaft Go beiag against an infinite God is therefore infoite. - And suppose thy sorrow were infinite as thy fio, get according to the tenor of the Hyl: covenant is would not be acceptable, because there is
Bo clause in the covenant to give any hope of repentance; look therefore at the truth and sincerity of thy forrow, for this is the proportion of the gospel; heart-forrow is gospel forrow. When the Jews were pricked in their hearts then Peter like a good chirurgeon, would not keep those bleeding patients any longer in pain with their wounds open, but presently he clapt on the healing plaister of the gofpel, Believe on the Lord Jesus, Acts iii. 37. Weeping foul, doth thy heart, when thou art in fecret weeping for thy fin, condemn thee? or doth it clear thee? if thy heart be false I cannot help thee, ao nor the gospel neither; but if thy heart be sincere, then be of good comfort, for certainly thou art not far from the kingdom of God.
2. Jesus Christ calls thee, is not that his voice Gome un-i to me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will ease you, Mat. xi. 28. Wade on a little with me in the unfolding of this so comfortable a call, and be revived. First then here is to be considered, who calleth. Secondly whom he calleth. Thirdly why he calleth. Every of these contains in it wine of comfort, and oil of grace to glad the heart, and to chear up the heavy countenance of the sorrowful and sobbing soul.
1. Consider who calleth ; Is it not the woman's feed appointed to crush and bruise the serpent's head? Is it not that root of Jeffe, that fon of David, that sweet Emanuel, that meek Meffias, that merciful Jesus, that fole and only Mediator, who in his own person hath concluded a peace, and made a full atonement between the Lord and thee? Is it not that Jesus Christ shadowed in the law, foretold by the prophets, and in the appointed time exhibited ? surely he it is, and none but he: Thou sayeft thou art a finder, a grievous finner, and he tells thee, His name is Jesus, for he will fave his people from their fins, Matth. i. 21. Oh! if souls would believe this, would not this dry op their tears? Thou sayelt, thou seest him not, but thou: haft his word, and he is real in what he speaketh. Suppose then, that in the chamber where thou art crying after him, or in the church where thou art waiting for him, hje should appear, and visibly appear before thine eyes on pening his bolom, and bowels, and blood before thee, and
calling unto thee to this purpose, I entreat thee, and befeech thee, by all those tears I have théd for thee is the days of my flesh, by all those bitter agoniés I bave suffered for thee, by all those tender bowels which have been rolled together towards thee, coine to me, embrace me, and Jay thy weary waltering foul in this blefled bofom of mine. Who would not come in? Who would not rise out of the duft, and with chearful fpirit embrace the motion of his dear Redeemer? Why he it is that calleth thee.
2. Consider whom he calleth'; Is it not there who are weary and heavy laden? Is it not those who are tired and overbürthened with the weight of lia? Chrift, and all gol. pel promises belong to them ihat mourn in Zion; The fpifit of the Lord is upon me, faith Christ, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted. -0 thou afflicted, and tossed with tempefts, that has no comfort, behold I will lay thy ftones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with
saphires, &c. Luke iv. 18. Ifa. lic. It: The spiritual excellency of fuch a foul is declared by a similitude of a goodly, coftly, ftately fracture, which the Lord would build for himself. « Thus faith the high and lofty one that inhabiterh eterni.
ty, whose name is holy, I dwell in the high and holy fig, and mult be seaGble of fia; they only will atteo d or Christ's call, who feel fin a burden; as if a man be under ap heavy burden in some dark night, and hears but the poise of the feet of one passing by, then he cries out for help; so the foul under the heavy burden of fin, is glad to hear of any direction out of the word of God to come to Christ, and therefore Christ only calls them who are thus qualified; Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden.
place, with him also that is of a humble contrite fpirit, • to revive the spirits of the humble, and to revive the • hearts of the contrite ones,' Ifa. lvii. 15. He that hath heaven for his throne, and earth for his footstool, hath yet another throne on earth, even in the hearts of humblé, contrite Goners, 'They that sow in tears shall reap in joy: • he that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious feed; • shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his • Theaves with him,' Psal. cxxvi. 5, 6. As fure as harvest follows feed-time, will comfort follow mourning; for therefore Christ calls, that he may wipe away all tears from such as weep for fin. lodeed sorrow for fin gives dot the soul an interest in Christ as any cause; in strict speaking there is no other condition in the covenant of grace, but only believing in Christ; yet because no man will come to a Saviour, but he must koow what need he hath of a Saviour; therefore we must be first convicced of
3. Consider why, or to what end he calleth: Is it por to take pulestion of Christ and all his gracęs ? Is it not to come to a pear, and (weet, and everlasting fellowship with Chrift himself? Is it not to have his person, and to have his privileges, rest, and peace, and reconciliation with his majesty? If Chrif should say to thee, Come into the garden, and there watch and pray with me, forrow and fuffer with me; wouldft thou not count it an honour ? What is it then to say, Come and have reft , come and I will ease thee of thy burden of lia; come and I will sprinkle thy conscience with my blood, that thou shalt be able to give answer to all the temptations of Satan; thou shalt have thy pardon now, and at the great day of judgment thy pardon shall be solemnized by men and angels. Ah! poor soul, why weepest thou? Is it not time to wipe thine eyes with Mary, and to say Rabboni? Surely if God gives hee but a heart to make this real to thy loul, thou may depart in peace, and go away and bless thy God, and say with the Psalmis, o now my soul return unto thy reft,
for the Lord hath dealt very bountifully with thee,' Pfal. xi. 6,-7.
If yet thou sayest, When is my sorrow sufficient? and when may I receive comfort in due season. I answer,
1. When the soul is weary of its bonds and fetters of $in, as much, and more than of the fetters of trouble; when the chains of corruption are grievous as pangs of consciences; when the soul hates Saran as a tempter, as much as a troubler, then it is ripe for comfort; but when the cry is louder, Oh my sorrow! and oh my grief! then, Oh my lia! and oh my guilt! When it follows God, and
seans with, Oh give me comfort! but never with, oh give me grace! this soul is poi ripe for comfort.
2. When the soul is contented, if God see it fit and leedful for the soul to be longer without comfort; when 3 foul can pray in fincerity, Lord, if my rotten heart be aor broken enough, break it more; if my searched wounds be, vot throughly searched, launce them, and search then more; if there be any wickedaeis in me, search me Lord, god try me till thou find it out; if I would be proud of thy favour, or if I would turn thy grace into waptopgels, or get above ordinances and duties of religion, or proudly defpife my brethren that are lower than I, let me fast longer from comfort. Here is a soul (if any) that is ripe for comfort; but till a map come to this frame, it is a figo he is agt truly broken, and therefore comfort to fach an one would be like raw meat, that would never digeft with him, the Lord hath got yet gotten the maftery over his will, and therefore no wonder if he lay more irons.yer
HE soul forrowing for sin is now commanded to feek
for comfort, and to that purpose it is the Lord's message to his ministers, Comfort ye, comfort ye my
people, speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unte her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity
, is pardoned,' Ifa. xl. 1. Satan koowing this, and perceiviag the foul's disposition to enquire after this, coins comforts of his own devilings, and presents them to the soul, q.d. Come foul, will nothing ferve but comfort? Is this thy voice, şome crumbs of comfort to a poor languishing soul? O make me to hear joy and gladness, that sbe bones which God hath broken may rejoice! why then thou fhalt have comfort; lo at the door lands waiting for thee thy old companions, join but with them, and they will drive away thefe dumps and melancholy fits: Dost thou Dot hear them fay, Come on, let us enjoy the good things that are present, let us speedily use the creatures
. as in youth, let us fill ourselves with coftly wines, and obtenents, and let po flower of the spring pass by us;