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2. We are always to pray in fubmiffion to the will of God; faying after the utmost importunity we have ufed, that God would not now take us away, Not my will, but thine be done : prepare me for whatever thou haft determined ; and here I am, do with me as feemeth best in thy fight.
3. It may be prayer is the means by which our lives are to be prolonged. God waits to be gracious to put an honour upon the duty he himself hath enjoyned, and encouraged our faith in. When it is loweft with us, his arm is not shortened, nor his ear heavy. And having lodged our request with him, we may humbly hope for answers of peace: or however that we shall be no lofers by serious application to a throne of grace, as he faid not to the feed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain.
1. Muft we at death bid adieu to all this world how cautious fhould we be that we do not over-love or over-value it; as that will make our parting with it the more difficult.
When it goes well with you, be not too much tranfported; and let not affliction overwhelm and fink you.
Remember you muft e'er long leave both the one treatment and the other; and therefore are to be more concerned about the world you are going to, than that in which your stay is so uncertain and fhort.
2. How miferable are they who have their portion in the prefent life, which upon their going hence they must leave for ever?
3. When gone from hence are we to come back no more, how much are we concerned before-hand, to make provision for, and send our best concerns before-hand into that ftate, in which we are to dwell for ever?
If our lives have been in danger and fpared, let us endeavour to answer the end by labouring after ftrength neceffary to our dying fafely and comfortably that when others upon receiving the fentence of death, cry bitterly, O Spare; upon the notice that Chrift is coming to call for you, you may fay, Amen, Come Lord Jefus, come quickly.
PSALM XXIV. 10.
--But they that seek the Lord fall not want any good thing.
HE belief of God's taking a fpecial care in his providence to fupply the wants of good men, conduceth highly to the comfort of fuch in their walking with him: and that they have ground for fuch a faith, it is evident from the words of the text.
Doct. God will fo provide for those that fincerely feek him, that they shall not want any thing that be their heavenly Father knows to be good for them.
And what more reviving news can be heard amidst the ftraits to which they are often reduced? That therefore we may apply comfort to whom comfort is due, I fhall
I. Lay down the characters of the perfons here fpoken of, They that feek the Lord.
II. Open the endearing promife made to fuch, viz. That they shall not want any good thing. III. Shew by what this promife is to be mea
IV. The grounds from whence its certain accomplishment may be inferred.
I. Let us lay down the character of the perfons here fpoken of, They that feek the Lord. In general they that do this, are fuch as are born of God: and fo feek him,
1. As one in whofe favour their life is bound up. This is the fenfe of foul in which they are breathing after him. P. lxxiii. 25. Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth that I defire befides thee. Without God I cannot but be miferable, whatever elfe I enjoy in him I have enough to my compleat felicity, though ftripped of all things elfe. I envy not their happinefs who can fay of crowns and kingdoms, they are mine; while I can look to heaven, and fay of him that has his throne there, He is mine. Nothing fhort of him can fatisfy; and befides him, I can need no more.
2. They that feck God, feek him in his Son, the Lord Jefus Chrift, in whom alone they can find him to their comfort; as in him alone he hath declared himself well-pleafed.
3. They that feek God, do it in obedience to his command, and upon the encouragement of his promife, that he will not leave them to feck him in vain. A new heart is given them, the temper of which is this way discovered. Pfalm xxvii. 8. When thou faidft, Seek ye my face, my heart faid unto thee, Thy face, O Lord, will I feek. The word of God is their warrant for feeking after him: his word of precept makes it their duty, and his word of promife is the ground
ground of their hope that it fhall not be loft labour; as he faid not unto the feed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain, Ifa. xlv. 19.
4. They that feek God, do it in the use of all the means he has appointed, and cannot be content or eafy if they mifs of him in the ufe of them. Ordinances in their account are valuable things, and what none can prize more than they; but these cannot be to them inftead of God, and theref e, in attending upon them this is their language, expreffive of their inward fenfe, Pfalm xlii. 1, 2. As the bart panteth after the water-brooks, fo panteth my foul after thee, O God. My foul thirfteth for God, for the living God. The duty, the ordinance, the time and place in which they meet with God, is fweet indeed, leading them to fay in a holy tranfport, This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven: and afterwards to reflect upon it with a peculiar delight. And when they experience nothing of this, they truly mourn.
5. They that feek God, do it with the whole heart. This the Pfalmift profeffes for himfelf, who was one of them, Pfalm cxix. 10. And to this the promise of finding him is made, Jeremiah xxix. 13. And ye shall feek me, and find me, when ye shall fearch for me with all your
6. They that feek God aright, perfevere therein. Though he hide his face, or seem to frown, they feek him ftill, and are refolved to do fo. They are fenfible they have as much need of God as ever, and he has as