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page who brings it about notwithstanding the greatest difficulties.
343 I. From hence it is inferred, that a city long favoured by God may be reduced to a very ruinous condition by its own wickedness. 345
II. THAT such a desolation, followed by such a recovery, is to be looked upon as an argument of the divine displeasure not proceeding to destruction.
349 III. Much less is such a ruin to be looked upon as an argument against our religion. ibid.
IV. That it argues a very favourable providence when God effectually brings about his purpose, that a city so desolated should be restored again.
350 V. Take both the ruin [of the city of London) and the restoration together, and we have strong obligations to indeavour the keeping the gracious presence of that God, who must be our keeper.
353 LASTLY, Such a ruin and consequent restitution are no assurance to such a city, that it shall never be ruined again.
On PSALM LXVII. 2, 3.
The context considered.
I. From the words is briefly shewn what is meant by divine knowledge.
360 H. How successes and the favourable aspects
page of providence, relating to the public affairs of those, who profess his name, tend to propagate such knowledge in the world.
364 1. THERE is great reason to hope for this end.
365 2. One may also discern an aptitude in such means to serve this end, which is shewn in several particulars.
368 III. That the hope of this issue should animate mightily our praises to God for such favourable aspects upon them, who espouse his in. terest in the world. For,
376 1. We ought to praise God for mercies, for the same reason that we pray for them. And,
377 2. For the same reason, for which we are to apprehend he bestoweth them.
On JOSHU A XXIV. 20.
382 It is observed, as the ground of this discourse, that the good which God hath, of mere good pleasure, done for a nation, leaveth them liable to consuming judgements, if they grossly offend God, and generally revolt from him.
383 FIRST, The state of this truth is considered in the general ; and it is shewn.
384 I. What good the Almighty may be fupposed to do to a people in a peculiar way; that is, in what respects and on what account. ibid.
page II. The liableness of such a people, notwithstanding, to more severe and terrible judgements in case of their general revolt from him.
389 - Secondly, The subject is considered also with application to our own case, and the state of our affairs. In which application two things are considered ;
393 I. A COMMEMORATION with
thankfulness of the good, which God has done for our nation, in a long tract of time. And, ibid.
II. A representation, notwithstanding, how vain an imagination it. would be that we are thereby exempt from a liableness to consuming judgements, in case of a general revolt from God.
401 To which are added some answers to the question how we shall demean our selves, when we are exposed to the terrible severities of confuming vengeance ?
On PSA L M IX. 17.
THERE are two observations that offer themselves to our view from this scripture.
First, That it is the property of wicked men to forget God. And,
417 Secondly, That it shall be the portion of such to be turned into hell.
ibid. 1. The Author shews what we are to understand by the wicked.
page II. What is meant by forgeting of God. Then,
419 III. It is evinced, that they are wicked perfons, who do forget God. And,
422 IV. That those of this character must be turned into hell.
439 This is evinced from these three things.
1. It is most consonant to the justice of God that it should be so.
ibid. 2. It is agreeable to his law. And, 440
3. It is most serviceable to his glory and honour.
441 APPLICATION. I. We may hence learn, that religion, confisting of mere externals, will never save any man.
443 II. That wickedness lying in the hearts and thoughts, will abundantly fuffice to damn a man.
447 III. That men are not at liberty, as they vainly imagine, to dispose of their thoughts as they will.
IV. That since the case is thus, we may hence learn, that few only shall be saved. And,
449 V. That God has an inspection into, and a full knowledge of the hearts and thoughts of men. Besides,
451 Lastly, That it is no impossible thing for wicked men to know themselves to be such, and to make a judgement of their own estate with respect to God.
page To which is subjoined a word or two of advice to such; to wit, that they would,
1. Look into their hearts, and see whether they are not forgetful of God. And, 455
2. LABOUR forthwith to have the course, and stream of their spirits turned towards GOD : otherwise all hopes of being saved are quite taken away ; and there will be no avoiding the misery, which is threatened in the text. ibid.