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mine hafte, I am (4) cut off from before thine Eyes: thou heardeft the Voice of my Supplication, when I cried unto thee; therefore f will I rejoice in thee, O Lord, and fing Praises unto the Moft High.

By thy (r) WORD were all the HEAVENS MADE, and all the HOST of them by the BREATH of thy MOUTH: Therefore let all the Earth fear thee, O Lord, let all the Inhabitants of the World for ftand in AWE of thee; thine Eye is upon them that fear thee, and hope in thy Mercy, to deliver their Souls from Death.


My Soul, WAIT (s) on the Lord, for he is my Help and my Shield. My Heart fhall rejoice (t) in him, and in his holy Name will I truft: O Lord, let thy Mercy be upon me, according as I hope (u) in thee: Forthy Mercy, O Lord, is in the Heavens, (x) and thy Faithfulness reacheth unto the f Clouds. Thy Righte oufness is like the great Mountains, thy Judgments are a great Deep: Thou (y) preferveft Man and Beast; (2) thou, O Lord, redeement

(q) 2 Cor. 1v. 8,9. We are troubled on every fide, yet not diftreffed; we are perplexed, but not in Defpair; perfecuted, but not forfaken; caft down, but not deftroyed.

(r) John 1. 1. In the Beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God; all Things were MADE by him, and without him was not any Thing MADE that was MADE. Heb.

1. 10. For thou, Lord, in the Beginning haft laid the Foundations of the Earth, and the HEAVENS are the WORK of thine Hand. Col. 1. 15, 16, 17. Who is the Image of the invifible God, the First-born of every Creature, for by him were all THINGS CREATED that are in HEAVEN and that are in EARTH, VISIBLE and INVISIBLE, whether they be THRONES or DOMINIONS, or PRINCIPALITIES or POWERS: All Things were CREATED by him, and for him, and he is before all things, and by him all things confift.

(5) Ifai. XL. 31. They that WAIT upon the Lord, fhall renew their Strength; they fhall run and not be weary, and they fhall walk and not faint.

(t) John xvI. 22. And your HEART fhall REJOICE, and your joy no Man taketh from you.

(u) Heb. vi. 19,20. Which HOPE we have as an Anchor of the Soul, both fure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the Vail; whither the Forerunner is for us entered, even Jefus, made an High

Priest for ever.

(x) Matt. XXIV. 35. Heaven and my Word Earth fhall pass away, but fhall not pals away. (y) Col. 1. 17. And by him all Things confift.

(z) Col. 1. 13, 14. Who hath de

livered us from the Power of Dark

nefs, and tranflated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of Sins.


1 PS. IX. 2.

8 Pfalm XXXVI. h Pfalm XXXIV.

This probably alludes to the Covenant made with Noah, the Birds, and the Beasts, that they should perifh no more with the Waters of a Flood; of which Covenant the Bow in the Clouds is a Token, Gen. 1x. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, &c.


the Souls of thy Servants, and none that truft in thee fhall be defolate. Therefore will I fear thee, O Lord, for there is no Want to them that fear thee: The Lions

fhall fuffer Hunger; but they that feek thee, O Lord, (a) fhall want no good Thing; for thou heareft them that cry unto thee, and faveft them out of all their Troubles: For thine (b) ANGELS, O Lord, * encamp round about them that fear thee, and thou delivereft them. Therefore will I blefs thee, O Lord, at all times; my Soul fhall make her Boaft in thee, O Lord. I will magnify thy glorious Name; for thou haft heard me, and delivered me from all my Fears; My Heart i fhall rejoice in thee, and I will truft in thy Holy Name. O Lord, let thy Mercy be upon me, according as I (c) bope in thee.

Fowls of the Air, for they fow not, (a) Matt. vi. 26. Behold the neither do they reap, nor gather into Barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them: Are ye not much better than they?

(b) Heb. 1. 14. And of the Anniftring Spirits, fent forth to minigels he faith, Are they not all mifter to them who fhall be the Heirs of Salvation?

Confidence and the Rejoicing of Hope firm unto the End. Ver. 14. For we are made Partakers of Chrift, if we hold the Beginning of

(c) Heb. 111. 6. Hold faft the

i Pfalm xxxIII. 21, 22.

our Confidence ftedfaft unto the End.

I prefent not thefe my humble Supplications to thy Divine Majefty for my Righteoufnefs, but for thy great Mercies, and the infinite Merit of Chrift Jefus our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost ever one God, World without end. Amen.

Thus the Mountain was full of Horfes and Chariots of Fire round about Elifha, 2 Kings v1. 17. to preferve him from the Army of the Syrians, that compassed the City about, ver. 14, 18.


A Prayer for the Light of God's Countenance.


Sathe (a) HART after the Water-Brooks, fo panteth my Soul after thee, O God. My Soul thirfteth for God, for the living God. My Tears are my Meat Day and Night, while they fay, where is thy God? O God, b thou art my God, early will I feek thee: my (b) Soul thirfteth for thee, my Flefh longeth for thee in a dry and (c) thirfty Land where no Water is, that I may fee thy Power and thy Glory, (d) fo as I have feen thee in the Sanctuary. (e) Becaufe thy loving Kindnefs is better than Life, my Lips fhall praife thee.

Why art thou then (f) caft down, O my Soul? why art

(a) Fohn VII. 37, 38, 39. Fefus ftood and cried, faying, If any Man thirst, let him come unto me and drink: He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath faid, out of his

Belly fhall flow Rivers of living Water. (But this fpake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him fhould receive) Cantic. 111.1. By night on my Bed I SOUGHT him whom my Soul loveth: 1 SOUGHT him, but I found him not.

(b) Ifai. Lv. 1. Ho, every one that thirfteth, come ye to the Waters, and he that hath no Money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come buy Wine and Milk without Money, and without Price.

(c) Rev. xxI. 6. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End: I will give unto him that is athirst of the Fountain of the Water of Life freely, Rev. XXII. 17. with open Face, beholding as in a Glafs the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame Image, from Glory to Glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor. 1v. 6. For God, who commanded the Light

(d) 2 Cor. III. 18. But we all

to fhine out of Darkness, hath fhined in our Hearts, to give the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God in the Face of Jefus Chrift. Matt. x1. 27. And no Man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any Man the Father, fave the Son, and he to whomfoever the Son will reveal him.

(e) Phil. 111 8,9. I count all Things but Loss, for the Excellency of the Knowledge of Jefus Chrift my Lord; and do count them but Dung, that I may win Chrift, and be found in him, not having mine own Righteoufnefs, which is of the Law, but that which is through the Faith of may know Chrift, the Righteoufnefs which is of God by Faith: That I him, and the Power of his Refurrection, and the Fellowship of his Sufferings, being made conformable unto his Death; if by any Means I might attain unto the Refurrection of the Dead: not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which alfo I am apprehended of Chrift Fefus.

(f) 2 Cor. Iv. 9, 10. Perfecuted, but not forfaken; caft down, but not deltroyed; always bearing about in the Body the dying of the Lord Fefus, that the Life of Jefus might be made manifest in our Body.

Pfalm XLII. I, 2.

b Pfalm LXIII.


thou difquieted within me? Hope (g) thou in God, for I fhall yet praife him for the Help of his Countenance; for thou, O Lord, wilt command thy loving Kindness in the Day time, and in the (b) Night thy Songs fhall be with me, and my Prayer fhall be unto the God of my Life. I will fay unto God, my Rock, why haft thou (i) forgotten me? Why gol mourning because of the Oppreffion of the Enemy, (k) which is as a Sword in my Bones, while they fay daily to me, Where is thy God?

How () long, O Lord, wilt thou forget me, for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy Face from me? How (m) long fhall I take Counfel in my Soul, having Sorrow in my Heart daily? How long fhall mine Enemy be exalted over me? Confider and hear me, O Lord my God, (2) lighten my Eyes, left I fleep the Sleep of Death; (0) left mine Enemies fay, I have prevailed against him, and thofe that trouble me rejoice when I am moved; but I have trusted in thy Mercy, (p) my Heart fhall rejoice in thy Salvation. For I am continually with thee: thou haft holden me by thy right Hand. Thou fhalt guide me with thy Counfel, and afterwards re

• Pfalm XIII.

(g) Heb. vi. 9, 10. Which Hope we have as an Anchor of the Soul, both fure and ftediait, and which entereth into that within the Veil,

whither the Fore-runner is for us entered, even Jefus, made an HighPriest for ever.

Where is God my Maker, who giv(b) Fob xxxv. 10. But none faith, eth Songs in the Night?

(i) John VI. 37. And him that cometh to me, I will in no wife cast out.

(k) Rev. XII. 10. For the Accufer of our Brethren is caft down, which accufed them before our God Day and Night.

(1) Rev. XIV. 12. Here is the Patience of the Saints, here are they God, and the Faith of Jesus. Fam. that keep the Commandments of 1. 3. Knowing that the trying of your Faith worketh Patience. in me, and I in him, the fame (m) John xv. 5. He that abideth bringeth forth much Fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. 2 Cer. 111. 5. Not that we are fuffi

cient of our felves to think any thing as of our felves, but all our Sufficiency is of God, who hath given unto us his Holy Spirit. own Salvation with fear and tremPhil. 11. 12, 13. Work out your bling, for it is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his

good Pleafure.

(n) John VIII. 12, I am the Light of the World, he that followeth me fhall not walk in Darkness, but

fhall have the Light of Life.

vigilant, for your Adverfary the De(0) 1 Pet. v. 7,8,9. Be fober, be vil goeth about like a roaring Lion, whom refift ftedfaft in the Faith. feeking whom he may devour; Chap. 1. 6. Wherein we greatly rejoice, though now for a Seafon through manifold Temptations, for (if need be) ye are in Heavinefs, the Trial of your Faith.

(P) Phil. 111. 3. For we who worship God in Spirit, rejoice in

Chrift Fefus, and have no Confidence in the Flesh.

ceive me to Glory. Whom have I in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon the Earth I defire befides thee. My Flesh and my Heart faileth: but God is the Strength of my Heart, and my Portion for ever.

(q) Matt. x1.28. Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you Reft.

(r) Heb. x. 35, 35, 37, 38. Cast not away therefore your Confidence, which hath great recompenfe of Reward. For ye have need of Patience, that after ye have done the Will of God, ye might receive the Promife: For yet a little while, and he that fhall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the Just fhall live by Faith; but if any Man draw back, my Soul fhall have no Pleasure in him.

(s) Matt. XVI. 18. Upon this Rock will I build my Church.

Cor. x. 4.

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(t) Ifai. XLI. 10. Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not difmay ed, for I am thy God: I will ftrengthen thee; yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right Hand of my Righteous


I will fing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me: My Soul follows hard after thee, thy right Hand upholdeth me. Hear, O'God, my Cry, from attend unto my Prayer; the Ends of the Earth will I cry unto thee, when mine Heart is overwhelmed. O lead me to the (1)Rock that is higher than 1. (r) My Soul wait thou only upon God, for my Expectation is from him; he only is my Rock, my Salvation, (u) Rev. xxi. 6. I will give unand Defence. In thee, O to him that is athirit of the FounGod, is my Salvation and tain of the Water of Life freely. Chap. XXII. 17. Let him that is Glory: The (5) Rock of my thirt, come: and whofoever will, (t) Strength and Refuge is let him take the Water of Life in God; therefore will I freely. Ifai. xxv. 6. And in this truft in thee at all times, Mountain fhall the Lord of Hofts make unto all People a Feast of fat and pour out my Soul before Things, a Feaft of Wines on the thee. I will remember Lees, of tat Things full of Marrow, thee upon my Bed, and me- of Wines on the Lees well reditate upon thee in the (x) 1 Tim. VI. 15, 16. Who is Night-Watches: For in the bleffed and only Potentate, the thy Prefence is fulness of King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; Joy, and at thy right Hand to whom be Honour and Power Pleafures forevermore.Therefore fhall my Soul be (u) fatisfied as with Marrow and Fatnefs, and my Mouth fhall

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Rev. v. 13.

everlasting. Amen.
Bleffing, and Honour, and Glory,
and Power, be unto him that fitteth
upon the Throne, and unto the
Lamb for ever and ever.

f Pf. LXI. i Pf. LVII. 17.

• Pf. LXIII. 6.

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