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est to all life and breath, and all things,h and the earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy.i

All creatures wait upon thee, that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.k

Thou hast made us of that rank of beings, which is a little lower than the angels, and is crowned with glory and honor.l

Our bodies are capable of being the tem. ples of the Holy Ghost, and our souls of having the Spirit of God dwell in them; we therefore desire to glorify thee with our bodies, and with our spirits, which are thine.m

We lay us down and sleep, for thou, Lord, makest us to dwell in safety.n

When the sorrows of death have compassed us, and the pains of hell gat hold upon us, we have called upon thy name, and have found that the Lord is gracious and righteous, yea, our God is merciful: we have been brought low, and he hath helped us, and delivered our souls from death, our eyes from tears, and our feet from falling ; we will therefore walk before the Lord in the land of the living.o

Blessed be God, who daily loads us, with his benefits. p

Thou hast given us all things richly to enjoy;y and into our hands hast brought plentifully.r

b Acts xvii. 25. i Psal. cxix. 64. k Psal civ. 27I Psal. viii. 5. m 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20. » Psalm iii. 5. o Psalm cxvi. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. p Psalm lxviii. 19. 21 Tim. vi. 17. rJob xii. 6.

Our houses have been safe from fear, and there hath been no rod of God upon us ;8 so that the voice of rejoicing and salvation hath been in our tabernacle from day to day.t

We thank thee that the lines have fallen to us in pleasant places, and that we enjoy a goodly heritage.u

When we have eaten and are full, we have reason to bless the Lord for the good land which thou hast given us ;W a land which the eyes of the Lord our God are always upon, from the beginning to the end of the


Thou makest peace in our borders and fillest us with the finest of the wheat.y

For Spiritual Mercies,

BUT especially blessed be the God and Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all Spiritual blessing in heavenly things, in Christ.z

Oh, how wonderfully did the kindness and love of God, our Saviour, towards man appear, not by works of righteousness which we had done, but according to his mercy he saved us :a we had destroyed ourselves, but in thee, and thee only was our help.b

$ Job xxi. 9. t Psalm cxviii 15. u Psal. xvi. 6. w Deut. viii. 10. x Deut. xi. 12 y Psal. cxlvii. 14.

Ephesians i. 3, a Titus iii. 4, 5. 6 Hosea xiii. 9.

When thou sparedst not the angels that sinned, but didst cast them down to hell ;c thou saidst concerning the race of man destroy it not, for a blessing is in it.d

We are bound to give thanks always to thee, O God, because thou hast from the beginning chosen some to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit :e that there is a remnant according to the election of grace, f whom God hath chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world that they should be


We have great cause for gratitude and praise that God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.h

We bless thee that as soon as man had sinned, it was graciously promised, that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head ; i and that in the Old Testament sacrifices, Jesus Christ was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.k .

We bless thee for the promise made to Abraham, that in his seed ail the families of the earth should be blessed.

We bless thee for all that thou didst at sundry times, and in divers manners, speak in

c 2 Pet. ïi. 4. d Isaiah Ixv. 8. e2 Thes. ii. 13, f Rom. xi. 5. & Eph. i 4,5. b John jji. 16. i Gen. iii. 15. Rev. xjii. S. l Gen. xii. 3,

times past unto the fathers by the prophets,m these holy men of God who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,n and prophecied of the grace that should come unto us.

We bless thee, that when the fulness of time was come, thou didst send forth thy Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.o

We bless thee, that the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost ;p and that for this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Lord, we receive it as a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Je. sus came into the world to save sinners, even the chief.r · We bless thee, that as forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself took part of the same : that he took not on him the nature of angels, but our nature, and was in all things made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest, in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people, and that he is not ashamed to call them brethren.s

m Heb. i. 1. n 2 Pet. i. 21. o Gal. iv. 4. p Luke xix. 10. 91 John iii. 8. r 1 Tim. i 15. * Heb. ii. 14, 16.

We bless thee, that thou wast in Christ, reconciling the world to thyself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and that thou hast committed unto us the word of reconciliation.t

Glory be to God in the highest, that in and through Jesus Christ there is on earth peace and good will to menu

We bless thee, that he hath left us an example, that we should follow his steps, in that he did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth, and when he was reviled, he reviled not again ; w and his meat and drink was to do the will of his Father ; x and he was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.y

Oh, that we may be armed with the same mind that he was,z and we may so walk as he walked.

We praise thee, that Jesus Christ came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.a

We thank thee for the gracious invitations he gave to those who are weary and heavy laden, to come to him for rest, and for the assurance he hath given, that whosoever comes to him, he will in no wise cast him out:c that he made a gracious offer, that

t 2 Cor. v. 19. u Luke ii. 14. w 1 Pet ii, 21, 22, 23. x John iv. 34. y Heb. vii. 26, 2 1 Pet. iv. i. a Matt, ix. 13. 6 Matt, xi, 28. c John vi. 37.

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