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V.11. And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and
said, Lord it is nothing with thee to belp whe-
ther with many, or with them that have no
power ; help us o Lord our God, for we reft on
thee, and in thy Name we go against this multi-
tude: 0 Lörd, thou art our God, let noi man pre. W

vail against thee,
2 Chron.20.12. O our God! wilt thou not judge
them? for we have no might against this great

%) company that cometh against us, neither know

we what to do, but our eies are upon thee. Rom.4.19. And being not weak in Faith he con

fidered not his own body now dead, when he was
about one hundred years old, neither get

the
deadneß of Sarahs womb.
Psal.73.28. But it is good for me to draw near to

God, I have put my trust in the Lord God, that

I may declare all thy works.
Isa. 26.3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

whose mind is staied on thee, because he trusteth

in thee.
Isa.50.10. Who is among you that feareththe Lord,

that obeieth the voice of his servant, that walk-
etb in darknes, and hath no light? let him
trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his

God.
Pfal. 10,14. The poor

committet he himself walo
thee, thou art the helper of the Fatherlesse.
Pfal.62.5. My soul, wait thou only upon God, for
my expectation is from him.

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God by us.

V.6. He only is myrock, and my salvation, he is

my defence, I shall not be moved. 2 Cor.1.20. For all the promises of God in him

are yea, and in him Amen, unto the Gloryof Josh.21.45. There fail'd not ought of any good

thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house

of Israel, all came to passe. Heb.13.5. Let your conversation be without covetousnelle, and be content with such things as ge have,

for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Rom.8.28. And we know that all things work to

gether for good to them that love God, tothem

who ar: the called according to bis purpose. Mit.6 30. Wherefore if God so cloath the graffe of

the field, which to day is, and so morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more cloath you, Oye of little Faille ! Pial.34.9. O fear the Lord ye his Saints, for there

is no want to them that i car him. V.10. The

young lions de lack, and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want a

ny good thing. Pfal.84.11. For the Lord is a Sun and a shield,

the Lord will give Grace and Glory, and no good thing will be withhold from them that walk up

righily. Isa 54.17. No weapon that is formed against thee

fhill prosper, and every tongue that hall rise a:

gainst thee in judgment thou shalt condann, this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and

their righteousnelle is of me, faith the Lord. 2 Chron. 16.9. For the eies of the Lord run to

and fro, throughout the wbole earth, to shen himself strong in the behalf of them, whose

heart is perfect towards him. Joho 11.40. Felus faith arto her, said I not un

to thee that if thou woulds believe, thou shouldst feethe Glory of God.

smile from God, and that will

Sixtbly, Observe all the passages of his Providence towards thee, whether of justice, or mercy, Take notice of every frown, and every

much direct thec, how to order thy services of praier, and praise, and teach thee submission to his holy will. Many duties depend on the consideracion and taking notice of Gods Providencial dispensacions. How blame worthy chen are they, that do not care co observe or regard the works of God ? Cercainly, it is our duty, to observe and acknowledge Gods sovcraigncy and dominion in the world, and over all events here below, (not a sparrow, not a hair fals to the ground without our Heavenly Father) And where we cannot understand the waies of God, let us with an humble reverence believe, and admire che wisdome of them. The deep and unsearcheable

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waies of God are not to be judged before the Tribunal of man's reason. Labour therefore to get a firm belief of this great truth, setled in thy soul, that God governs all humane affairs, and thou wilt find it of great efficacy against chose damps and dejections of mind, chat in affliions we are too prone unco; and it will be a fin. gular antidote against all murmurings, and repioings. How did this consideration quiet and compose the heart of old Eli, 1 Sam.3.18. It is ihe Lord. And David on the same account saies, I was dumb, and opened not my mouth, because thou didft it, Pfal.39.9. So when a fore and terrible affliction fell upon Aaron, (his two sons Nadab and Abihw being consumed by fire from Heaven) all that the Scripture reports of his carriage and demeanour is this, And Aaron held his peace, Lev. 10.3. As therefore thou art dilgencly to observe and mind Gods Providential dispensations cowards thee, so remember it is thy duty, and ought to be the poffure of the Spirit, thac whatever he takes from thee, or whatever he does unco thee, perfectly and absolutely to submit to his will. Remember there is no resisting the Almighey, shall a Grashopper contend with an Eagle? Shall we that are wormes contend with our maker? If we consider our sinfuinesse and guilt, we have reason to admire he afflicts us no more; If as the unjust steward in the Gospel for vne hundred, set down but fifty; so if God for an hundred stripes due to us, infiets but fifty, nay but ten, have we not reason to be patient, and to say, He punisheth lesse than our iniquities deserve? Labour therefore to be patient under his hand. Murmuring and repining does but increase our guilt, and provoke God to double our punishment. The Parent cakes up the child for whimpering and crying, as well as for any other fault ; not patiently to let God have his will, is the way to beg another whipping from him. In patience therefore postelje thy soul. Solomon saies, if the Iron be blunt, put the more strength to it, Ecclef.10.10. So lay I, it the affliction be strong, put the more patience to it. Let patience bave its perfect work (not only its half work) in thee. Patience meets God in such an humble way, as discreet Abigail met David, let not my Lord be angry. Impatience, and fretting against the Almighty, is just as if a man should beat his shinnes against an iron bar ; or as if he should chrow a stone against Heaven, that will be sure to fall on his owne head. And further consider che way to have what thou defirest, is to submit to God, and lay thy self at his feet: When thy soul is wrought to that perfect submission, that thou canst truly say, here I am, let the Lord do with me, what seemeth him good; Let the Lord please himself, and he shall please me, chou hast conquered the difficulty of living in this world : Thou hast got

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