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fined to this fymbol of his grace; and that I trust shall encompass me whitherfoever I go, to support and cheer me in this mélancholy flight. Whether or not I shall be restored to my house and throne, I cannot at present foresee; but this I know, that in either case it shall be well with me. If I return to Jerusalem, I shall again behold this ark, and enjoy the Lord my God in his or dinances ; but if my God hath no further service for me on this earth, I shall go to that place where there is no occasion for external means of correspondence and intercourse: Behold, here I lie at the disposal of my Father and my King, equally prepared to live or to die ; to reign once more in the earthly Jerusalem, or to take up my eternal residence in the Jerusalem that is above. This unlimited resignation to the will of God, makes an essential part of the duty which my text recommends. It further implies,

3dly, That we renounce all confidence in the creature, and place our trust in God alone. We are required, you fee, to caft ALL our care upon him; not a part, but the


whole. For thus it is written, Fer. xvii. 5, -8.

Curfed be the man that trusteth in man, “ and maketh flesh his arm, and whose “ heart departeth from the Lord. For he s shall be like the heath in the desart, and “ shall not fee when good cometh, and shall “ inhabit the parched places in the wilder

ness, in a falt land and not inhabited." Whereas, “ Blessed is the man that trusteth s in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. “ For he shall be as a tree planted by the

waters, and that spreadeth out her roots

by the river, and shall not see when heat “ cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and u shall not be careful in the


of drought, neither shall cease from yielding 46 fruit.”

A divided trust between God and the creature, is as foolish and unsafe, as to set one foot upon a rock, and the other upon the quicksand. We must, as I formerly observed, be diligent in the use of means ;

for thus the commandment runs, “ Trust in the Lord, and do good :” but at the same time we must look beyond, and above all means, to God himself for success; saying, as David did, “ My soul, wait thou VOL. II.


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" only upon God: for my expectation is “ from him. He only is my

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my “ salvation; he is my defence ; I shall not u be moved. In God is

In God is my falvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and

my refuge is on God.” in the

4th place, To cast all our care upon God, implies a full and unsuspecting dependence upon his wisdom and goodness ; such a dependence as quiets the mind, disposing it to wait patiently upon God, and to accept with thankfulness whatsoever he is pleased to appoint. The Christian who hath learned this important lesson, not only brings his cares to the throne of grace, but there also he leaves them, and, like Hannah, returns with his countenance no more fad. Having“ by prayer and supplication, with “.thanksgiving, made his requests known " to God,” his mind is at reft,

c he is care“ ful for nothing :” he hath put all his interests into the best hands: he hath committed them to One, who is too wise to bestow what is hurtful, and too kind to withhold what is good. In consequence where

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of, " the peace of God that passeth all « understanding, keeps his heart and mind so through Jesus Christ." This gracious temper brings not only rest; but liberty to the foul. It breaks all those fetters in pieces, by which the covetous, the ambitious, the voluptuous, are chained to a present world, and dragged at the heels of those worse than Egyptian talkmasters, “ the « lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and “ the pride of life.” Whatever God willeth is pleasing to the sanctified believer ; and the light of his Father's countenance, amidst the deepest and most complicated distress, puts greater gladness into his heart, than the sensualist can feel, or is capable of conceiving, when his corn.and wine do most abound. It is this that gives the Christian the true enjoyment of life. No man can have the proper relish of any earthly comfort, who is not prepared to part with it. This looks like a paradox, but will be found upon examination to be a weighty truth. Where fear is, there is torment: and nothing mars our joy so effectually, as the prospect of being separated from what we Сс 2


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greatly love.

Talk to a carnal man of death, and the poor creature's spirit dies within him : the awful prospect of dissolution, like the hand-writing upon the wall which Belshazzar perceived while he was drinking wine with his princes, his wives, and his concubines, will, in the height of his gaiety, change his countenance, loosen the joints of his loins, and make his knees to smite against one another. Whereas the man who hath been taught to cast his care upon God, can fit cheerfully at the feast which Providence affords him, and think of his dying hour without diminishing the relish of his present enjoyment. Like David, Pfal. xxiii, he can look forward without dismày, to his walk through the valley and shadow of death; and while the gloomy object is in his eye, he can say to his God with thankful praise, « Thou preparest a “ table before me in the presence of mine “ enemies: thou anointest my head with

oil, my cup runneth over: surely goodness “ and mercy shall follow me all the days of “ my life ; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”


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