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smiting upon my breast, I say with the humble publican, God be merciful to vie a sinner* ! I acknowledge, O Lord, that I have been a great transgressor. My sins have reached unto heavenf, and mine iniquities are lifted up unto the skies%. The irregular propensities of my corrupted and degenerate nature have, in ten thousand aggravated instances, wrought to bring forth fruit unto death§. And if thou shouldst be strict to mark mine offences, I must be silent under a load of guilt, and immediately sink into destruction. But thou hast graciously called me to return unto thee, though I have been a wandering sheep, a prodigalson, a backsliding child ||. Behold therefore, O Lord, I come unto thee. I come, convinced not only of my sin, but of my folly. I come from my very heart ashamed of myself, and with an acknowledgment in the sincerity and humility of my soul, that / have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly^. I am confounded myself at the remembrance of these things: but be thou merciful to my unrighteousness, and do not remember against me my sins and my transgressions** ! Permit me, O Lord, to bring back unto thee those powers and faculties which I have ungratefully and sacrilegiously alienated from thy service; and receive, I beseech thee, thy poor revolted creature, who is now convinced of thy right to him, and desires nothing in the whole world so much, as to be thine!

"Blessed God, it is with the utmost solemnity that I make this surrender of myself unto thee. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, 0 earth; I avouch the Lord this day to be my Godfi ; and I avouch and declare myself this day, to be one of his covenantchildren and people. Hear, O thou God of heaven, and record it in the book of thy remembrance%\, that henceforth I am thine, entirely thine. I would not merely consecrate unto thee some of my powers, or some of my possessions; or give thee a certain proportion of my services, or all I am capable of for a limited time; but I would be wholly thine, and thine for ever. From this day do I solemnly renounce all the former lords which have had dominion over wie§§, every sin and every lust; and bid, in thy name, an eternal defiance to the powers of hell, which have most unjustly usurped the empire over my soul, and to all the corruptions which their fatal temptations have introduced into it. The whole frame of my nature, all the faculties of my mind, and all the members of my body would I present before thee this day, as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which I know to be my most reasonable service”. To thee I consecrate all my worldly possessions: in thy service I desire to spend all the remainder of my time upon earth, and beg thou wouldst instruct and influence me, so that, whether my abode here be longer or shorter, every year, and month, every day and hour, may be used in such a manner as shall most effectually promote thine honour, and subserve the schemes of thy wise and gracious providence. And I earnestly pray, that whatever influence thou givest me over others, in any of the superior relations of life in which I may stand, or in consequence of any peculiar regard which may be paid me, thou wouldst give me strength and courage to exert myself to the utmost, for thy glory: resolving not only that I will myself do it, but that all others, so far as I can rationally and properly influence them, shall serve the Lord+. In this course, O blessed God, would I steadily persevere to the very end of my life; earnestly praying, that every future day of it may supply the deficiencies, and correct the irregularities of the former; and that I may by divine grace be enabled, not only to hold on in that happy way, but daily to grow more active in it ! - “Nor do I only consecrate all that I am, and have, to thy 'service ; but I also most humbly resign, and submit to thine holy and sovereign will, myself, and all that I can call mine. I leave, O Lord, to thy management and direction, all I possess, and all I wish ; and set every enjoyment and every interest before thee, to be disposed of as thou pleasest. Continue or remove, what thou hast given me; bestow, or refuse, what I imagine I want, as thou, Lord, shalt see good And though I dare not say, I will never repine ; yet I hope I may venture to say, that I will labour, not only to submit, but to acquiesce; not only to bear what thou doest in thy most afflictive dispensations, but to consent to it, and to praise thee for it; contentedly resolving, in all that thou appointest for me, my will into thine, and looking on myself as nothing, and on thee, O God, as the great eternal all, whose word ought to determine everything; and whose government ought to be the joy of the whole rational creation. “Use me, O Lord, I beseech thee, as the instrument of thy glory; and honour me so far, as, either by doing or suffering what thou shalt appoint, to bring some revenue of praise to thee,

* Luke xviii. 13. \ Rev. xviii. 5. J Jer. li. 9. § Rom. vii. 5<

|| Jer. lii. 22. % 1 Sam. xxvi. 21. *• Heb.viii. 12. ft Deut. xxvi. 1".

i% Mai. iii. 16 §§ isai. xxvi. 13.

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* Rom. xii. 1. + Josh. xxiv. 15.

and of benefit to the world in which I dwell' And may it please thee from this day forward, to number me among thy. peculiar people, that I may no more be a stranger and foreigner, but a fellow-citizen with the saints, and of the household of God” 1. Receive, O heavenly Father, thy returning prodigal Wash. me in the blood of thy dear Son: clothe me with his perfect righteousness ; and sanctify me throughout by the power of thy Spirit ! Destroy, I beseech thee, more and more the power of sin in mine heart! Transform me more into thine own image, and fashion me to the resemblance of Jesus, whom henceforward I would acknowledge as my teacher and sacrifice, my intercessor and my Lord ' Communicate to me, I beseech thee, all needful influences of thy purifying, thy cheering, and thy comforting spirit ! And lift up that light of thy countenance upon me, which will put the sublimestjoy and gladness into my soul 1+

“Dispose my affairs, O God, in a manner which may be most subservient to thy glory and my own truest happiness; and when I have done and borne thy will upon earth, call me from hence at what time, and in what manner thou pleasest: only grant, that in my dying moments, and in the near prospects of eternity, I may remember these my engagements to thee, and may employ my latest breath in thy service' And do thou, Lord, when thou seest the agonies of dissolving nature upon me, remember this covenant too, even though I should then be incapable of recollecting it! Look down, O my heavenly Father, with a pitying eye, upon thy languishing, thy dying child; place thine everlasting arms underneath me for my support; put strength and confidence into my departing spirit; and receive it to the embraces of thine everlasting love Welcome it to the abodes of them that sleep in Jesus!, to wait with them that glorious day, when the last of thy promises to thy covenant people, shall be fulfilled in their triumphant resurrection, and that abundant entrance, which shall be administered to them into that everlasting kingdom ||, of which thou hast assured them by thy covenant, and in the hope of which I now lay hold on it, desiring to live and to die, as with mine hand on that hope!

“And when I am thus numbered among the dead, and all the interests of mortality are over with me for ever, if this solemn memorial should chance to fall into the hands of any surviving friends, may it be the means of making serious impressions on their mind May they read it, not only as my

* Eph. ii. 19. + Psal. iv. *{j 3 1 Thess. iv. 14. |2 Pet, i. 11. ll

language, but as their own; and learn to fear the Lord my God, and with me to put their trust under the shadow of his wings for time and for eternity And may they also learn to adore with me that grace, which inclines our hearts to enter into the covenant, and condescends to admit us into it, when so inclined; ascribing with me, and with all the nations of the redeemed, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that glory, honour, and praise, which is so justly due to each divine person, for the part he bears in this illustrious work Amen.”

N. B. For the sake of those who may think the preceding Form of Selfdedication too long to be transcribed, (as it is probable many will,) I have at the desire of a much esteemed friend, added the following abridgment of it, which should by all means be attentively weighed in every clause, before it is executed; and any word or phrase which may seem liable to exception, changed, that the whole heart may consent to it all.

“Eternal and ever blessed God I desire to present myself before thee, with the deepest humiliation and abasement of soul; sensible how unworthy such a sinful worm is to appear before the holy Majesty of heaven, the King of kings and Lord of lords, and especially on such an occasion as this, even to enter into a covenant transaction with thee. But the scheme, and plan, is thine own. Thine infinite condescension hath offered it by thy Son, and thy grace hath inclined my heart to accept of it. “I come therefore, acknowledging myself to have been a great offender; smiting on my breast, and saying with the humble publican, God, be merciful to me a sinner! I come, invited by the name of thy Son, and wholly trusting in his perfect righteousness; intreating that for his sake thou wilt be merciful to my unrighteousness, and wilt no more remember my sins. Receive, I beseech thee, thy revolted creature who is now convinced of thy right to him, and desires nothing so much as that he may be thine! “This day do I, with the utmost solemnity, surrender myself to thee. I renounce all former lords that have had dominion over me; and I consecrate to thee all that I am, and all that I have ; the faculties of my mind, the members of my body, my worldly possessions, my time, and my influence over others; to be all used entirely for thy glory, and resolutely employed in obedience tothy commands, as long as thou continuest me in life ; with an ardent desire and humble resolution to continue thine, through all the endless ages of eternity: ever holding myself in an attentive posture to observe the first inti

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mations of thy will, and ready to spring forward, with zeal and joy, to the immediate execution of it. “To thy direction also I resign myself, and all I am and have, to be disposed of by thee in such a manner, as thou shalt in thine infinite wisdom judge most subservient to the purposes of thy glory. To thee I leave the management of all events, and say without reserve, not my will, but thine be done; rejoicing with a loyal heart in thine unlimited government, as what ought to be the delight of the whole rational creation. “ Use me, O Lord, I beseech thee, as an instrument of thy service' Number me among thy peculiar people ! Let me be washed in the blood of thy dear Son | Let me be clothed with his righteousness! Let me be sanctified by his Spirit ! Transform me more and more into his image ' Impart to me, through him, all needful influences of thy purifying, cheering, and comforting spirit ! And let my life be spent under those influences, and in the light of thy gracious countenance, as my Father, and my God | “And when the solemn hour of death comes, may I remember this thy covenant, well ordered in all things and sure, as all my salvation, and all my desire”, though every other hope and enjoyment is perishing : and do thou, O Lord, remember it too ! Look down with pity, O my heavenly Father, on thy languishing dying child! Embrace me in thine everlasting arms' Put strength and confidence into my departing spirit ! And receive it to the abodes of them that sleep in Jesus, peacefully and joyfully to wait the accomplishment of thy great promise to all thy people, even that of a glorious resurrection, and of eternal happiness in thine heavenly presence l—And if any surviving friend should, when I am in the dust, meet with this memorial of my solemn transactions with thee, may he make the engagement his own; and do thou graciously admit him to partake in all the blessings of thy covenant, through Jesus the great Mediator of it; to whom with thee, O Father, and thy holy Spirit, be everlasting praises ascribed, by all the millions who are thus saved by thee, and by all those other ce

lestial spirits, in whose work and blessedness thou shalt call them to share Amen.”

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