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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

the door,

witlo me.

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 I.,

heareth me;

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
mandements and live.
V.21. Let them not depart from thine eies: keep

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,
which teacheth thee to profit, which leadetle thee
by the way that thou shouldft go.

3. Of Singing of Psalmes.

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
God for his mercy,

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.
V.19. Speaking to your felves in Psalms, and
Hymnes, and spiritual Songs, singing and

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