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first fruits of his Creatures, 1 Pet. 1.23. Being born again, not of corruptible
feed, but of incorruptible by the Word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever, Jam.1.21. Wherefore lay apart all filt binelle, and
Superfluity of naughtinesse and receive with meeknes the ingrafted Word which is able to save your souls. V.22. But be ye doers of the Word, and not hear
ers only, deceiving your own selves. V.23. Fer if any man be a bearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding bis natural face in a glasse, V.24. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight way forgetteth what manner of man be was. V.25. But whofo looketh into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuerh therein, he being not a forgetful bearer, but a doer of the work, this
man shall be blessed in his deed. į Pet.2.1. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and
all guile, and hypocrisie, and envies, and evil speakings. V.2. As new born babes, desire the fincere milk
of the Word, that ye may grow thereby; John 8.47. He that is of God, keareth Gods Words,
ge therefore bear them not, because ye are not of
God. i Cor.2.14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are
foolishnelle to him, neither can he know them,
becanje they are spiritually difcerned. Rev.3.20. Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear
my voice, and
open I will come in to him, and sup with him, and be
Prov.2.3. Yes, if thou criest after knowledge,
and liftest up the voice for understanding. V.5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the
Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Mac.13.3.2 The parable of the lower, and the Luke 8.5.$ four foris of ground. Mat.13.14. And in them is fulfilled the Prophesie
of Esaias, which saith, by hearing, ye shall bear, and shall not understand; and seeing, we fhall see, and shall not perceive. V.15. For this peoples heart is waxed grosse, And their ears are dull of hearing, and their eies they have closed, lift at any time they should fee with their eies, and hear with their ears, and hould understand with their beart, and should be converted, and I should healthem. V.16. But blessed are your eies, for they see, and
your ears, fer they hear. i Thes. 2. 13.
For this caufe also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the Word of God, which he heard of us, yereo cieved it not as the Word of men, but ( as it is in truth) the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe,
Luke 10. 16. He that heareth
you, and be that despiseth you, despiseth me, and he
that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent 1se. 1 Sam.8.7. And the Lord Jaid unto Samuel, they
have not rejected thee, but they have rejected
me, that I should not reign over them. 1 Thes.4.8. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth
not man, but God; who hath also given unto us
his holy Spirit. Luke 24:32. And they said one to another, did
not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way,
and while he opened to us the Scriptures. Psal. 119.162. I rejoyce at thy Word, as one that
findeth great spoil. Jer.6.10. To whom shall i speak and give marre
ring, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken ; behold, the Word of the Lord is to them a reproach,
they have no delight in it. Heb.2.1. Therefore we ought to give the more ear
nest heed to the things which we have heard,
left at any time we should let them sip. Prov.4.4. He taught me also, and said anto me,
Let ihine heart retain my words, keep my como
them in the midst of thine heart. Deut:11.18. Therefore shall ye lay up thefe my Words in your heart, and in your soul,&c.
Ifa.48.17. Thus faith the Lord thy Redeemer, the
holy One of Israel, I am the Lord thy God,
people in this
Neglect not that excellent and Heavenly ordinance of singing Psalms, and lifting up the praises of the mosi bigh; singing with understanding, and making melodie to God in thy heart. Miny
age not understanding the reasons and grounds of the duties of Religion they perform; when they are questioned, are apt to lay them aside. I shall therefore here do these four things.
1. Shew that Singing of Psalms is a dospelduty.
2. That it is lawful and warrantable to fing Das vids Psalms.
3. Answer the objections made against it.
4. Give fome Rules and Directions hom Chrifti. ans may practise this ordinance to the Glory of God,' and to their own great benefit and spiritual advantage.
For the First; Singing of Psalms was once an Ordinance of God in the Church, and a part of Divine Worslvip; and never repealed under the Gospel. Pfal
. 95.1, 2. O come, let us fing writto the Lord, let us make ajoyful noise to the Rock of
our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to him with Psalms. And 'tis forced with other duties thac are of a perpetual obligation, as Prager, Hearing the Word, &c. v.6.7. 'Twas practised by those eminent Saints of God, Mofes, Deborah,
Barak, Davidthe sweet Singer of Israel, Solomon, .. and others, whose Songs and Hymnes we have recorded in the old Testament.
2. The Prophefies in Scripture, that foretel | che ftate of the Church under the Gospel, do
speak of Psalms to be used as a part of Gods Wor. ship and Service then. Compare Rom.15.9. with Pfal.38.49.
Rom.15.9. And that the Gentiles might glorifie
as it is written, for this Cause I will confesse to thee among the Gen
tiles, and sing unto thy Name. Pfal.18.49. Therefore will I give thanks unto thee ( Lord ) among the Heathen; o
and fing praises unto thy Name. 3. We have several exhortations to it, in the New Teftament.
Eph.5.18. And be not drunk with wine wherein
is exceffe, but be filled with the Spirit.