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the grain of Human Nature ; Nor
And Thankfulness to God is not only
we should Pol. B. Så “ Delight more in giving Thanks for par. 43. “ God's Blessings than in making Re“ quests for chem, in as much as the “ One hath Pensiveness and Fear, the • Other hath always Joy annexed; the
“ One belongeth unto them that seekin 66 the Other unto them that have found “ Happiness; They that Pray do but " Sor; They that give Thanks declare " they have reaped
Now Men may Som in Tears but they Reap in Joy. In our Trouble and Heavinefs We Pray unto God, But when he has Delivered us, we Rejoice in bis Salvation : He has then tarned our Heaviness into Joy, and our Mouths Praise him with Joyful Lips.
But we may also farther consider, that Thanksgiving is a Duty that will never Cease. Other Duties will Ceafe when we come to Heaven ; When our Troubles and Weakness and wants are at an End, there will no longer be OCcafion for Supplications and Prayers; but Then especially is the greatest Occasion for Thankfgiving : Therefore Lauding and Magnifying the Lord is ftill the great Bufiness of the Blest above. Everlafting Blessedness will require Everlasting Thanksgiving and Praise. Therefore by this Divine Exercife we may be gin our Hallelujahs before-hand, and in Tome Degree have our Conversation in Heaven even whilft we are here on Earth; and may thereby be training up our. selves for Heaven, and for thofe Hallelujahs and Anthems of Praise, which, if we are ever admitted into the Regions
of Bliss, will be, we suppose, in great Measure, our Blessed Employment to all Eternity
4shly and laftly; If we neglect this Duty of Gratitude to God, ThisŘeasonable, Easy, Delightful Duty, we have no Excuse for our Ingratitude.
Ingratitude, when it is to Men, has Many
Shifts and Excufes to cover itself withal “ 'Tis True, (fays the Un
grateful Perfon) he once did me a « kindness, but twas by ChanceOr, « That was a long time since - Or, “ he has Disobliged me since - Or, He " has since That assisted my known
Or he has upbraided me 6 with it
Or he has sufficiently “ Disgraced me for it. Or he sets “ such a Value upon a Trifle of a
Kiadness Or he has done More for « Others with Less Reason Or he “ has made fo Bold with me for it, " that he has long since canceld the • Obligation. Or I had such Diffiu cult access to his Favour. It cost
me so much Importunity and Media« tion of Friends, that 'twas hardly 6 worth the Attendance. Or he gave
it at last in such an Unhand. “ fome Disobliging Manner, with “ so much lingring and indifference -
66 with such Sowreness and Supercilia
an Eye to his own Interest, expecting
me with the Obligation, de
These, and many more Pretences may serve to furnish out some Plea for Ingra. titude to a friend or Benefactor, but which of all these can possibly be charg'd on God? His Gifts are all of a Just Standard; Perfect and Intire in all their Circumstances: He can have no Self-Interest, nor By-Designs in his Beneficence,
which is always Free and Undeserv'd : Jam. i. He is the Giver of every Good and Perfect
Gift, and he Giveth to all Men Libe-
Thus we fee how we are surround-
they oppress us ; but has likewise taught us to Pray to him to Affist us in our Thanksgiving also; to Open Our Lips that our Mouths may show forth his Praise.
Let us therefore humbly beseech him to give us that due Sence of all his Mercies, that oar Hearts may be unfeignedly Thankful; and that De may show forth his Praise, not only with our Lips but in our Lives, by giving up ourselves to his Service, and by walking before him in Holiness and Righteousness all our Days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all Honour and Glory World without End, Amen.