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the just for the unjust, that He might bring us unto God. Through his obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, it is honourable in Thee to save all that come unto Thee by Him; and thou art faithful and just, as well as gracious and merciful, in forgiving us our sins, and in cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
We bless thy holy name, for a foundation on which the guilty, the depraved, and the helpless can build a hope that maketh not ashamed; for a refuge from the curse of a broken law; for a fountain opened for sin and uncleanness; and for a fulness from which we can receive, and grace for grace. We want to appropriate and realize all the representations given of the Saviour in thy word, and to find him to be in our own experience, what thy people have found him to be in all ages of the world. May our persons and our services be accepted in the Beloved. May we be justified freely by thy grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. May we be saved by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost We are weary and heavy laden—give us rest We arc depraved in all our powers—work in us to will and to do of thy good pleasure. We are ignorant—fill us with the knowledge of thy will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that we may approve things that are excellent, and be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ
Many eyes are upon us—lead us in a plain path because of our enemies. Many watch for our halting—but may we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, and constrain them, by our good works which they behold, to glorify God in the day of visitation.
Some did run well, but are hindered; they began in the Spirit, but are now walking in the flesh: we tremble for them—and we tremble for ourselves: we pray for them— and we pray for ourselves. Recover and restore them, and keep us by thy power through faith unto salvation. May we never draw back; never turn aside to the right hand or to the left; never stand still; never look back; never seem to come short through unbelief, but be always abounding in the work of the Lord—and so much the more as we see the day approaching.
Though we are ignorant of the future, and know not what a day may bring forth, keep us from being of a doubtful mind. May we bo careful for nothing. May we go on our way rejoicing, persuaded that all thy dispensations are designed and adapted to prove that Thou carest for us.
We can even now see much of thy wisdom, righteousness, and kindness, in events that once perplexed and alarmed us; and what we know not now we shall know hereafter. Soon the mystery of providence will be completed and explained. Soon shall we have
passed these dark and mournful regions; and then our sun shall no more go down, nor our moon withdraw herself; for God shall be our everlasting light, and the days of our mourning shall be ended.
And till we arrive at heaven our home, may we gratefully avail ourselves of all the advantages afforded us in our journey. We bless Thee for wilderness privileges; for the manna; the streams of the smitten rock; the fiery cloudy pillar; the tabernacle, and the ark. We bless Thee for the sabbath, the sanctuary, and the ministry of the word. We bless Thee for the opportunities we have this day enjoyed in waiting upon thee. Many who love thy salvation, have passed the sacred hours in solitude. Many have had no means of grace to invite their attendance. And many who have been assembled together have not heard the gospel of the grace of God in truth. O let not our privileges increase our guilt, and aggravate our condemnation, so that it shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for us. Let not the truths we have been hearing visit us only as weekly guests; but may they be residents in our hearts- Mav the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom. And though the exercises in which we have been engaged are transient, may the effects produced by them be deep and durable; may the sabbath pervade the week, and the spirit of devotion actuate us in the absence of its forms; whether we eat, or drink, or whatever we do, may we do all to the glory of God.
Bless, O bless, the rising generation, the sources of future families and communities. When the clods of the valley shall be sweet about us, may they be found a seed to serve thee. Many of them have had the advantage of religious education; they have seen pious examples; they early kneeled at the domestic altar; from infancy they knew the holy scriptures, and have often been alarmed, ofc ten melted under the word preached; and frequently have they been ready to suhscribe with their own hand, and surname themselves by the name of Israel. O let not these promising appearances and beginnings be destroyed. O let not the wild beast out at the wood carry off the lambs of the flock, but may the Shepherd of Israel gather them with his arm and carry them in his bosom!
Regard all thy professing churches. Bless them with soundness of doctrine, purity and liberality of discipline, and sanctity and amiableness of character in their members; ana the Lord add to his people, bow many soever they be, an hundred fold. Yea let a little one become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation; and all the families of the earth be blessed in Him—wbo is all our salvation and all our desire—to whom be g\ury and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
O Thou King of kings and Lord of lords, who only hast immortality, we would adore Thee, and take shame to ourselves; and though allowed to approach thy divine majesty, we would never forget the sentiments of humiliation and contrition which become such creatures as we are. Father, we have sinned against heaven and in thy sight, and are not worthy to be called thy children: we are not worthy of the least of all thy mercies. Yea we have merited thy displeasure; and thy righteousness would be completely acquitted in our destruction.
O for hearts of flesh! Lord produce in us that sensibility of soul which will lead us to feel our vileness, to deplore our guilt, and to cast ourselves at thy feet, abhorring ourselves, and repenting in dust and ashes. And impart to us that faith which will enable us to hope in thy word, and derive strong consolation from the invitations and promises of the gospel. We are come to unplore the greatest blessings the God of love can give; but our application is not presumption: we are come to call thee, Abba Father! to enter thy house, to sit down at thy table, to lean on thy arm, to walk with God; but we are not come unbidden or uncalled: Thou hast called us by thy grace; and it is thy commandment that we should believe on the name of thy Son Jesus Christ Lord, we assent, we submit, we depend, we apply. Since He came into the world to save sinners, we take Him as our Saviour; and glory m Him as made of Thee to us wisdom and righteousness, sanctilication and redemption.
And O, let our minds be fixed and filled with admiring thoughts of his person and offices; let our hearts be inflamed with a sense of his boundless compassion and love. By the new and living way, which he has not only revealed but consecrated for us, may we come to Thee, and enjoy all the advantages of a state of reconciliation and friendship with God. May the most open and familiar intercourse be maintained between Thee and our souls. To Thee may we commit our Way and our works, and in every thing, by prayer and supplication make known our requests unto God. Be Thou always near, to guide us ami to defend, to relieve us in trouble, and to help us in duty. And may we walk humbly with our God; wondering at the condescension that deigns to regard our mean affairs, the patience that bears with our manners, and the kindness that employs so many means to advance our everlasting welfare.
We grieve to think that a world so full of thy bounty should be so empty of thy praise. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men. Bless the Lord, all his works; in all places of his dominion, bless the Lord, O my soul.
Again thy visitation hath preserved ouj spirits. Through the dark and silent watches of the night thou hast suffered no evil to befall us, nor any plague to come nigh our dwelling. And we are not only the living to praise Thee this morning, but the distinguished and the indulged. Many who have seen the light of the day as well as ourselves, are encompassed with want, and pain, and wretchedness, but we have all things richly to enjoy.
Thou takest pleasure in the prosperity of thy servants: may we always take pleasure in the advancement of thy glory. Thou art never weary in doing us good; may we never grow weary in well doing. Thy mercies are new every morning; every morning by thy mercies, may we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, which is our reasonable service.
And to the God of our salvation, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Thod, in whose presence angels bow, and arch-angels veil their faces, enable us to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear. O Thou, who art a spirit, and requirest truth in the inward parts, help us to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. O righteous Father, we would not come to Thee harbouring the love of any sin in our bosoms; for Thou hast assured us, that if we regard iniquity in our hearts Thou wilt not hear us. We must address Thee as sinners; but we acknowledge our transgression, and our sin is ever before us; we desire to have nothing more to do with idols; we hate every false way; and long to be Israelites indeed in whom is no guile.
Nor would we, O God, appear in thy presence indulging a worldly temper, and seeking after an abundance of those things that aflord no satisfaction in the possession, and perish in the using. After all these things do the Gentiles seek, and our heavenly Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask him, and will administer them as our wants and welfare may require. We are hastening towards an hour which will show us the vanity of all earthly pursuits and possessiona When a few more suns have rolled over us, it will be a matter of indiflerence whether we have been rich or poor; successful or disappointed in our enterprises; admired of our fellow-creatures or despised! But it will be of eternal moment to us, that we have mourned for sin; that we have hungered and thirsted after righteousness; that we have loved the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, and gloried in his cross.
May these objects therefore, however despised of men, engross our chief solicitude. May we labour for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life; may we lay up treasure in heaven; may we seek the honour that Cometh from God only. O remember us with the favour thou bearest unto thy people, and visit us with thy salvation. Deliver us from the condemnation of the law, and the bondage of corruption, and bring us into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Justify us freely from all things, and renew us in the spirit of our minds. Produce in us in those principles and dispositions which will render thy service perfect freedom, and make it our meat to do the will of our heavenly Father, and to finish his work.
Expel from our minds all sinful fear and shame, and with firmness and courage may we confess the Redeemer before men, and go forth to Him without the camp bearing his reproach. And may our zeal be according to knowledge. Fill us with all wisdom and spiritual understanding. May we walk circumspectly. May we never take a wrong course or a wrong step. May we venture on nothing without asking counsel of God. Without prejudice may we repair to the scriptures, and kneeling before the divine oracles ask, Ijord, what wilt Thou have me to do? May we faithfully study our conditions and connexions in life, and observe every dispensation of thy providence, that we may see how we can honour Thee in our body and spirit, and serve our generation according to the will of God.
Thou hast commanded us to be pitiful and to pray for all men. We would remember that every moment of pleasure to us is a moment of anguish to some; and that while our health and our relative comforts are continued, many are confined to beds of languishing; or sighing, Lover and friend hast Thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness. In the multitude of their thoughts within them, may thy comforts delight their souls. If not in the suffering, yet in the review of their trials, may they be able to say, It is good for me that I have been afflicted. Let not the prosperity of the successful destroy them; nor the table of the indulged prove a snare. In every state may the voice be heard and obeyed, Arise and depart hence, for this is not your rest
We know not what a day may bring forth; yet we would not be anxious in prospect of the future, nor perplex ourselves with that care about events, which it is our duty and privilege to cast upon Him who careth tor us. We would keep our minds in perfect peace, being stayed upon Thee. Only assure us that nothing can befall us without thy permission, appointment, and administration; only assure us that Thou hast engaged to make all things work together for our good—only say to our hearts, I will never leave thee nor forsake
thee. Guide us by thy counsel, and afterward receive us to glory. We implore it in the name of our only Lord and Saviour. Amen.
O Thou God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; the God of all the righteous, and of all that hunger and thirst after righteousness: blessed are the people that are in such a case, yea happy is the people whose God is the Lord. May we be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of thy promise in Christ by the gospel.
We hope in thy word. There we see Thee, not on a throne of judgment, whose terror would make us afraid, but on a throne of grace, waiting to be gracious, and exalted to have mercy. There we hear Thee saying, not—Depart ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, out— Look unto mc and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else. They that know thy name will put their trust m Thee, for Thou, Lord, bast Doi forsaken them that seek Thee. How many glorified in heaven, and what numbers now living on earth, are thy witnesses, O God, exemplifying in their recovery from the ruins of the fall, the frecness and riches and eflicacy of thy grace. All that were ever saved were saved by Thee, and will through eternity exclaim, Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth's sake. And after all thy communications, Thou art the same Lord over all, and rich unto all, that call upon Thee. Thou hast the same ear to hear, the same heart to pity, the same hand to deliver.
But thou hast chosen to transact all thy concerns with us through a Mediator. In Him it hath pleased Thee that all fulness should dwell. Him Thou hast exalted at thy own right hand, to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance unto Israel and remission of sins.
To Him therefore may we look; on Him may we entirely depend; and in Him with all the seed of Israel may we be justified and glory. May we know how to derive relief from his sufferings, without losing any of our abhorrence of sin or longing after holmess. May we feel the double efficiency of Ins blood, in tranquillizing our consciences and cleansing them: may we delight in his service as well as his sacrifice; and under the constrainings of a love that passeth knowledge, may we live not to ourselves, but to Him that died for us and rose again.
In all our approaches to Thee, may we have boldness and access, with confidence by the faith of Him. Give us much of the spirit
of grace and of supplication. By a constant I lead us to ask according to thy will, and then readiness for the duty, and a frequent per- we know Thou hearest us.
formance of it, may vye pray without ceasing; and by guarding against every discouragement, may we pray and not faint
May we cherish a grateful and cheerful disposition; not murmuring and repming because all our wishes are not indulged, or because some trials are blended with our enjoy meats; but sensible of our desert, and impressed with the number and greatness of thy benefits, may we bless the Lord at all times, and may his praise continually be in our mouth. And may our gratitude be real and practical, and increasing with our obligations. Enable us to inquire—Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Enable us to resolve—I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living; enable us to pray—O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes.
We commend to thy pity and thy power all those who are any way afflicted in mind, body, or estate. May the young find it good to bear the yoke in their youth; may they that know Thee not, be chosen in the furnace of affliction; and may thy own people find Thee a very present help in trouble. Be favourable to our land. Bless the king as supreme, and all the branches of the royal family. Let those that are at the helm of public affairs be men of understanding, and know what Israel ought to do. May our magistrates be men fearing God and hating covetousness: make our officers peace, and our exactors righteousness. Let not oppression be ever seen on the side of judgment, nor a perverse spirit be mingled in the midst of the people. Let glory dwell in our land, and upon all the glory may there be a defence. May the grace of, &c. Amen.
O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come. Lord, teach us to pray. We have reason to fear that the language of oar lips and the feelings of our hearts, in our religious exercises have not always agreed. We have frequently taken carelessly upon our tongues a name never pronounced above without the deepest reverence and humility. We have often desired things which would have proved our injury; and we have deprecated things which have proved some of our chief mercies. We have erred, both on the side of our hopes and fears; we are unfit to choose for ourselves; we are convinced that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. We know not what to pray for as we ought—Let thy Spirit help our infirmities; and produce in us those views aad dispositions which will
With regard to temporal blessings, may we never be importunate; may we always refer them to thy fatherly goodness; for Thou knowest that we have need of these things before we ask Thee—But may we seek first, in time and attention, thy kingdom and righteousness. May we value things by their relation to eternity. May we never think we prosper, unless our souls prosper; that we are rich, unless we are rich towards God; that we are wise, unless we are made wise unto salvation. May our spiritual and everlasting welfare be our chief solicitude, and may we be conscious to ourselves, that we would rather be poor and afflicted, and despised—if blessed with much of the life of God in our souls, than to be admired by our fellow men, and be successful in our enterprises, and have more than heart can wish—if these things should prove the means of our forgetfulness of God.
Having found this world to be dreams and lies, vanity and vexation of spirit, may we arise and depart from it; may we seek our happiness in thy favour and unage and presence and service. And though we are unworthy to be regarded by Thee, especially after we have so often refused Thee, receive us graciously; justify our persons; renovate our nature, and put thy laws into our minds, and write them in our hearts: and be Thou to us a God, and may we be to Thee a people. Endear to us that Saviour whose unexampled love led him to suffer the just for the unjust, that He might bring us unto God. May we never dare to think of coming to Thee in any other way; but may we always have boldness and access with confidence, by the faith of Him: yea may we joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement: and not only so, but may we glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope.
For blessed be thy name, we live not in a fatherless world; nor are our minutest affairs forgotten before God. The hairs of our head are all numbered. Our losses and trials are not the effects of chance, but events in whieh thy wisdom and mercy are now concerned and will be hereafter displayed. We know that all things work together for good to them that love Thee; may our character therefore, and not our condition, be the object of our anxiety. May we ascertain that our heart is right with Thee, and be careful for nothing Having given ourselves unto the Lord, may we remember that we have a right from thy holy word to depend upon Thee to provide for us and to manage all our concerns even to the end.
Discharged from the toil and the torment of care, may we feel ourselves at liberty to
enjoy the advantages and comforts of our condition in life, and above all to pursue our work as Christians. May we be attentive to duty; may we inquire how we can best promote the welfare of the human race, and glorify Thee in our body and spirit May holiness to the Lord be inscribed upon all our time and talents and substance. May the inquiry of our grateful hearts every moment be, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me!
Thou hast made the outgoings of another morning and evening to rejoice. Thou hast crowned the day with thy goodness. Let the night witness thy care and kindness; and may we enter on another portion of our time, not only under fresh obligations, but with new desires and resolutions to be for ever thine.
Our Father, &c. Amen.
O Thov Most High ! enable us to feel and to express becoming regards towards Thee as the creator of the ends of the earth, the preserver of men, the governor of the universe, the judge of all, the Saviour of sinners. Thy greatness is unsearchable, but thy goodness also is infinite. It is because thy compassions fail not that we are not consumed. Thou hast not only prolonged our unworthy lives under numberless provocations, but Thou hast afforded us every needful supply and indulgence. Thy mercies have been new every morning and every moment Through thy good hand upon us, we have been rescued from the perils of another night; our repose has been unterrified and undisturbed; sleep has refreshed our bodies and renewed our strength; and we find ourselves surrounded at the commencement of another day with all our accustomed privileges.
But O God, we can never be sufficiently thankful, that we have our existence in a Christian country, and where we can hear words by which we may be saved. O how important, how suitable, how encouraging are the discoveries, the doctrines, the promises, the invitations of the gospel of peace? We are lost; but here is presented to us a free, full, and everlasting salvation. We are left without strength; but here we learn that help is laid on One that is mighty. We are poor and needy; but here we behold the unsearchable riches of Christ We are blind and ignorant; but in him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Wo thank Thee, O God, for thine unspeakable gift, and we cordially accept of thy mercy extended to us through the mediation of thy dear Son. We rejoice that He has been delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification; and that He is now exalted at thy own right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour. We
abandon every other refuge to hide m, and every other foundation to build upon; and make him our only hope and our only confidence. And while we depend on his death, and make mention of his righteousness only, we admire his example, and desire to be conformed to his image. May we put on the Lord Jesus Christ by holy and accurate imitations, and increasingly resemble Him whose life was beneficence, whose soul was meekness and humility, who pleased not himself; and who, of obedience the most trymg and difficult, could say, 1 df light to do thy will, O my God, yea thy law is withm my heart May his glory fill our minds; may his love reign la our affections; and at his cross and at his tomb may we burn with ardour to live, not to ourselves, but to Him that died for us and rose again.
Let the number of his followers daily increase ; and may none of our friends be found among his enemies. Pour thy blessing upon our seed, and thy spirit upon our offspring. Let our sons be as plants grown up in their youth, and our daughters as comer stones polished after the similitude of a palace. May our domesties be the servants of God; may they do his will from the heart, and be prepared for that world where those who serve will be as those who are served, and all the distinctions now necessary will be done away, and none remain but those which arise from character. And whatever be our conditions in life, may we fill them as Christians; may we escape the snares to which they expose us; discharge the duties that grow out of their circumstances; enjoy with moderation and gratitude their advantages; and improve with decision and diligence their opportunities and resources of usefulness. May every place and every company in which we are found be benefited by us.
And whatever may be the opinion of our fellow-creatures concerning us, may we be satisfied and happy in having the testimony that we please God.
We are now going forth into the concerns of another day. Take us under thy protection and influence. Guide us in all our steps. Enable us to realize thy presence and thy providence. Succeed us in all our lawful endeavours, or prepare us for disappointment, and assure us, that we are in the number of those to whom all things are working together for good; and who will forever acknowledge —Marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty ; just and true are all thy ways, O Thou King of saints! Amen.
Gon over all, blessed for evermore! We desire to acknowledge thy Being and agency, to adore thy perfections, and to admire the