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great a share, and plentiful experience, ) lead me to repentance not to be repented of, that I may be a fit guest at thy Son's table. 5 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, and, according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out all my transgressions, for thy mercy's sake in Christ Jesus, the Son of thy Love, whom thou hast set forth to be the propitiation of our sins." Grant this O merciful Father, for the sake of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
See Psalm vi. xxv. xxxii. xxxviii.
O LORD who art the searcher of all our hearts, and a discerner of the very thoughts, be pleased to impart a ray of thy heavenly light, to discover all the sins and infirmities of my past life; that henceforward no secret sin may lie un. discovered in my soul; that by examin. ing my life and conversation by thy law, the rule and measure of my duty, I may understand the true state of my soul ; and form a just sense of all my transgressions, through the assistance of thy grace, may be enabled to reform my
life, to turn my feet unto thy testimo.
ries, and so faithfully to search and examine my conscience, that I may come holy and clean to the heavenly feast, and be received as a worthy partaker. Grant this, for thy mercy's sake in Christ Jesus." Amen.
See Psalm cxxxix.
Brief Heads of Self-Examination upon
THOUGH I have not atheistically denied the Being of a God, or wickedly renounced him by apostacy, yet have I not loved, desired, and delighted in other things more than in God? or, bare I not feared men, and dreaded the displeasure of the world, more than that of God? Or, hare I not trusted in men, and relied upon the world, more than upon God? Have I not despaired of God's mercy ? Or, by presuming too much upon it, encouraged myself in sin? Have I not been anthankful for *mercies received? Or, have I not as
cribed the glory and honour of what I now enjoy to myself more than to God?
Say, God be merciful to me a sinner, or lay not this sin for these sins) to my charge.
[Repeat the same at the end of every commandment.].
II. Though I have not worshipped God by images, yet have I not entertained gross and false conceptions of him? Or, have I not wilfully omitted going to church, or to the public prayers, when I had no occasion to hinder me? Or, have I not irreverently behaved myself during the time of divine service ? Or, have I notwilfully refused to come to the Lord's Supper, when I have been called to it? Or, have I not rashly and unad. visedly received the sacrament without due preparation? Or, have I not broken the resolutions which I then made ?
III. If I have not openly blasphemed the name of God, yet have I not lightly or irreverently spoken of him? Or, have I not profanely jested upon, or abused his holy.places or persons, or any thing else dedicated to his service ? Or, have
I not taken God's name in vain, by common swearing and cursing? Or, have I not taken false and unlawful oaths ? Or, have I not broken my vows and resolutions especially my bave tismal ?
Have I not neglected the worship of God on his sabbaths? Have I not spent part thereof in vain sports, idle conversation, visits, and other unnessary affairs? Or, have I not suffered others to profane the sabbath, when it was in my power to restrain them from so doing
v. Have I not been irreverent and undutiful to my parents, rejecting their councils, despising their government, and coveting their estates before their death? Or, have I contributed to their necessities when they were in want, and I had it in my power to help them? Or, have I uot been disloyal to my prince, stubborn and unfaithful to my master, refractory and unthankful to my minister, peevish and unkind to my friend and companion ?
-VI. If I have not actually taken away the life of any person, yet have I not made my neighbour's life grievous by oppression, rage, and violence against him? Or, have I not by fighting or quarrelling wounded his person? Or. have I not tempted him, by any vice or intemperance, to destroy his health, and so shorten his days? Or, have I not by false or contumelious speeches wounded his good name and reputation? Or, have I not by my own luxury and intemperance contributed to injure my health, and lessened, to all appearance, the duration of my life?
VII. If I have escaped the grosser acts of adultery and fornication, yet have I not conceived lust in my heart, and neglected the means to preserve my own and others chastity? Or, have I not by gluttony and drunkenness, or by any impure thoughts or words defiled my soul ? Or, have I not accustomed myself to indecent conversation, immodest dress, and unchaste behaviour?