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nor lot in them. I would look unto Jesus, that I may be saved, but my sins hang heavy on my heart, so that I am not able to look up. Yet I sometimes say, Though he slay me, I will trust in him. I have no where else to go. If the Saviour of finners frown me away, I perish; for I know no other refuge. I am well assured, that he that findeth him, findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But without an interest in him I am undone for ever.'
Having thus briefly shewn the necessity of faith in order to the enjoyment of God's favour, and suggested some hints concerning the way in which finners are brought nigh to hiin, what shall I more say? I would encourage the poor soul whose case I have been describing, not to stagger at the pro. mise of God through unbelief, but to fly for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us in the gospel. Remember that Jesus, the compassionate Saviour, hath said, " I will in no wise cast out.”
Let the needy trembling finner continue to cry earnestly to God for the manifestations of his pardoning grace and mercy. The same person who faid, In his favour is life, had fought that privilege with diligence. “ I entreated thy favour with my whole heart.” Go thou, and do likewise. A sense of interest in his favour is worth seeking.
"So do Cry earnestly for it, and be not content to have a denial. Pray always, and faint not. Take with you words and go unto him, “Lord, I am a poor, forlorn outcast, a miserable, guilty creature; lift thou up upon me the light of thy countenance. Let me not be shut up in a dungeon of darkness, and lie in the shades of death. I know I might juftly be banished from thee for ever. But though I deserve no favour, in Jesus Christ, thy Son, thou haft declared thyself well pleased. Did he not die, the just for the unjust, to bring finners unto thee, and to deliver them from the wrath to come ? Has he not opened a new and living way of access to thee? Did he not rise, as the Sun of righteous. ness, on this benighted world, with healing in his wings ? Hath he not brought life and immortality to light ? O thou who did ft cause the light to shine out of darkness, shine into my heart, to give the light of the knowledge of thy glory, in the face of Jesus Christ,
' I read in thy holy word, that through the tender mercy of our God, the day-spring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that fit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Lord, look upon me in mercy, through thy dear Son; let the bowels of thy compassion be moved towards thy creature
in misery, cast on me a pitying eye, and let thy hand of mercy help me in my distress. Be not a terror unto me, but speak a word of pardon, of peace, and of comfort to my poor soul; for thou only art my hope in the day of evil. I am not worthy to come into thy presence, loaded as I am with guilt, and covered with pollution; yet have mercy upon me according to thy loving-kindness; according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Caft my sins behind thy back. Be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Deal with me according to the favour which thou bearest unto thy people. O visit me with thy salvation.'
If this is your language, my dear reader, you are not far from the kingdom of God. Wait on the Lord, and he will save you; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for him. Be entreated, with. out delay, to make a full surrender of yourself to God. Present your body and your soul to him, as your reasonable service. Devote your whole self as a free-will offering to him, and he will receive you. Study his word, seek to know his will, and ask of him a right way. Take his yoke upon you, and wear it with delight. Firft give your own self unto the Lord, and then unto his church, according to his will, that you may walk in all his
ordinances and commandments blameless. Make a willing profession of your subjection to the gospel of Christ. Be ready to say, I am the Lord's; dare to call yourself by the name of Jacob, and to subfcribe with your hand to the Lord, and surname yourself by the name of Ifrael. Be sincere and hearty, warm and zealous in the business of religion. Let it be your uppermost concern to walk with God in humble reverence from day to day. Keep your heart with all diligence; practise continual self-denial ; be sober, and watch unto prayer, putting on the breast-plate of faith and love, and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Remember that Jesus has said, “ If a man love me he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” This is the way in which sinners are brought to enjoy a comfortable sense of the divine favour. The Lord will not grant the "tokens of his favour in any other way than that of his own appointment. Go then to the houfe of God, inquire in his temple, attend to his ordinances, caft in your lot among those who constitute his family and household, shew your love to Jesus by keeping his commands; so may you expect to be “ satisfied with favour, and to be full of the blessing of the Lord."
Thy well-beloved Son
Thy promis'd Spirit give,
Thy saving grace impart ; Help me in Jesus to believe
With undivided heart.
O tell me thou art mine,
And fill me with thy love.
Thy gracious smile afford,
And seal me for thine own; For life is in thy favour, Lord,
But death is in thy frown.