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Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, ye love.-1 Pet. i. 7, 8.
God is love and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, &c. He that feareth, is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen; how can he love God, whom he hath not seen? 1 John iv. 16. 18-20.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, &c.-1 John v. 2.
SECT. III. As Fruits of Love to God and Christ: 1. To delight themselves in him, long for, and pant after him make their boast of, and glory and rejoice in God and Christ, as their Portion and Rest: and, 2. To obey, and hearken to him.
I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love, Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, &c.-Rev. ii. 4, 5.
I. To delight in, long for, pant after, make their boast of, glory and rejoice in God and Christ, as their Portion and Rest.
I WILL not go up in the midst of thee, &c. When the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned, and, &c. My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. A he said unto him, If thy presence go not, carry us not up hence.-Exod. xxxiii. 3, 4. 14, 15.
Their rock is not as our rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. Deut. xxxii. 31.
I rejoice in thy salvation: there is none holy as the Lord, for there is none besides thee: neither is there any rock like our God, &c.-1 Sam. ii. 1, 2.
All the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.-1 Sam. vii. 2.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock, &c. my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, and my saviour. Who is God, save the Lord? And who is a rock, save our God?-2 Sam. xxii. 2, 3. 32. Ps. lxxi. 3.
I will sing praise to thy name, &c.Ps. ix. 2.
Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?-Ps. x. 1. lxxxviii. 14.
How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?-Ps. xiii. 1. lxxiv. 9, 10.
The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup; thou maintainest my lot; the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage, &c. In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.-Ps. xvi. 5, 6. 11.
O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.-Ps. xix. 14.
We will rejoice in thy salvation: and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.-Ps. xx. 5.
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice?-Ps. xxi. 1.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me? &c. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, &c. Be not thou far from me, O Lord, O my strength, &c.-Ps. xxii. 1. 11. 19. lxxxviii. 14, 15.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, &c. Thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.-Ps. xxiii. 1. 4.
his, &c. in his favour is life, &c. Lord, by thy favour, thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.→→ Ps. xxx. 4, 5. 7.
The Lord is my light, and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple, &c. My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.-Ps. xxvii. 1. 4. 8. 9.
Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of
As the hart panteth after the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? my tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me; for I had gone with the multitude, &c. to the house of God, &c. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? &c. Hope thou in God, &c.Ps. xlii. 1—5. 11.
Thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? Then will I go, &c. unto God my exceeding joy (or the gladness of my joy).Ps. xliii. 2. 4.
In God we boast all the day long. —Ps. xliv. 8.
As we have heard, so have we seen to dwell in the tents of wickedness:
in the city of the Lord of hosts, &c. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise, unto the ends of the earth, &c. This God is our God for ever and ever he will be our guide even unto death.- Ps. xlviii. 8. 10. 14. Ezra viii. 22.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.-Ps. lxv. 4.
He that is our God is the God of salvation: and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death, &c. Ps. Ixviii. 20.
Whom have I in heaven, but thee? and there is none upon earth whom I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever, &c. It is good for me to draw near to God.-Ps. lxxiii. 25, 26.28. Who is so great a God as our God? -Ps. lxxvii. 13.
Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.-Ps. lxxx. 3. 7. 19.
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, &c. Behold, O God our shield, &c. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door keeper in the house of my God, than
for the Lord God is a sun, and a shield, &c.-Ps. lxxxiv. 1, 2. 4. 9–11. xxvi. 8. cxxii. 1.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance; in thy name shall they rejoice all the day, &c. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. The Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king, &c. How long, O Lord, wilt thou hide thy face, for ever?-Ps. lxxxix. 15—18. 46.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul.-Ps. xciv. 19. 22.
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous.
My meditation of him shall be
He satisfieth the longing soul: and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Ps. cvii. 9. Prov. xxvii. 7.
The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high? Who, &c. Ps. cxiii. 4, 5.
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens; he hath done whatsoever he pleased.-Ps. cxv. 2, 3. lxxiv. 9, 10.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul! for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.-Ps. cxvi. 7.
Thou art my portion, O Lord, &c. I intreated thy favour (or face) with my whole heart, &c. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant, &c.-Ps. cxix. 57, 58. 135.
My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than they that watch for the morning. Ps. cxxx. 6.
I know that the Lord is great; and that our Lord is above all gods. Ps. cxxxv. 5.
Thou art my refuge, my portion in ' the land of the living.-Ps. cxlii. 5. My soul thirsteth after thee, as a
thirsty land, &c. Hide not thy face from me.-Ps. cxliii. 6, 7.
The Lord my strength (or rock), &c. my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, &c. Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.-Ps. cxliv. 1, 2. 15. cxlvi. 5.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is excellent (or exalted) his glory is above the earth and the heaven.-Ps. cxlviii. 13.
As the apple tree is among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved, &c. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.-Cant. ii. 3.
By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: but found him not I will rise now and go about the city, &c. I found him, I held him, and would not let him go, &c.-Cant. iii. 1, 2. 4.
I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, &c. I am sick of love, &c. My beloved is white, &c. This is my beloved.-Cant. v. 6. 8. 10. 16. viii. 6, 7.
In the way of thy judgments have we waited for thee: the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early.-Isa. xxiv. 8, 9.
In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty unto the residue of his people.-Isa. xxviii. 5.
The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our law-giver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.-Isa. xxxiii. 22.
As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.-Isa. xlvii. 4.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall be joyful in my God. Isa. lxi. 10.
which doth not profit. My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, &c. Have I been a barren wilderness unto Israel? &c. Can a maid forget her ornaments? a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. - Jer. ii. 11. 13. 31, 32.
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; neither let the mighty man glory in his might, &c. But let him who glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, &c.-Jer. ix. 23, 24. 2 Cor. x. 17. 1 Cor. i. 29. 31.
The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things, &c. The Lord of hosts is his name.-Jer. x. 16. li. 19.
ing, shall keep your hearts and minds, &c.-Phil. iv. 4. 7.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice. And the peace of God, which passeth all understand
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee, &c. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him.-Gen, xii. 1. 4, 5. Heb. xi. 8.
So in putting away Ishmael and Hagar.-Gen. xxi. 11—14.
God said unto Abraham, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest; and offer him there for a burnt-offering, &c. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took Isaac, &c. He stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son, &c. In blessing, I will bless thee, &c. because thou hast obeyed my voice.-Gen. xxii. 1–3. 10. 17, 18.
In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.-Gen. xxvi. 4, 5.
God bid Moses go; and said, he would be with his mouth, &c. He refused: God was angry.-Exod. iv. 13, 14.
Thus did all the children of Israel: as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.-Exod. xii. 50.