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. nion service is ended. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salva'tion. Luke ii. 29. N OW, O Lord, refreshed with this
I heavenly banquet of thy Son's inftitution, I have sealed my repentance, and flee unto thee for pardon for all those imperfections that have accompanied me at this time, in my attendance at thy altar; forgive the deadness and dulness of my affections, the wanderings of my thoughts,
and distractions of my mind; let the fin: cerity of my holy purposes and resolutions be accepted, notwithstanding my weakness and frailty. .
O! let this commemoration of my crucified Saviour influence all my thoughts, words, and actions, that my conversation may be as becometh the gospel of Christ. Reward me not according to my deserts, but according to my great neceflities, and thine own rich mercies in Jesus Chrift; to · whom with thee, O God the Father, and God the Holy Ghoft, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen..!"
Directions. ' ' 1.. Now arising, d part reverently from the Lord's table with a glad heart and cheerful countenance, preserve good thuguits in your mind; behave, with gravity, yet bé not sullin or morose; for a Christian's behaviour should not be without innocent alacrity or cheerfuries, bi
I love to live well, after a worthy receiving of the
i . .. holy sacrament. • The secret things belong into the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong to us, and to our
children for ever. Deut. xxix. 29. "1. TF thou wouldīt preferve thy faith in. I corrupt, and thy devotion from dif
traction, content thyself with reverencing » and admiring these hoiy myiteries ; and
do not indulge: a busy curiosity, in bold and unprofitable inquiries concerning them, for this is one way to damp a godly
zeal, and to perplex thy mind with intri-cate and endless doubts. .
2. Happyis that meekness and poverty i of spirit, which industriously declives the rugged thorny paths of controversy and captious difpates; and walks in the plain smooth way of duty and practical reli'gion; which studies God's commande, and labours to understand things of a fize with its own capacity, without troubling itself about his doings and decrees.
3. Too many instances there are of daring men, who by presuming to found the deep things of religion, have caville and argued themielves out of all religion. These men mistake their business : for
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INSTRUCTIONS to live well, &c. 129 the thing required of a Christian, is not penetration and subtility of wit, nice diftinction, or sublime notions, but victotious faith, and an honest holy life ; fobriety and temperance, and chasticy, justice and charity, piety and devotion.
4. These doubts are not always sinful, nor always from themselves, but frequently owing to the temptations of the devil, and industriously scattered by him, with wicked artifice and malicious design. Be not, therefore, too anxious upon these occasions. Trouble not thyself to argue nicely, nor employ thy thoughts upon the matter, nor hold thyself concerned to be able to answer every cavil, which he puts into thy head: but keep close to Scripture, and do thy duty; and the enemy will soon retreat when he finds thee neglect his attempts.
5. Think not these inward distractions a lign that thou art forsaken, of God. They are rather, on the contrary, a mark of grace. God suffers them to exercise thy patience, to try thy constancy, to promote thy spiritual advantage. Proceed then in thy Christian course with resolution and patience; and still frequent the sacrament with steadfast faith, and humble reverence. ... 6. Whatever there thou findest to ex. ceed thy understanding, put it to God's
account; and leave hiin to make it good, tho'thou canst not conceive how it should be done. , He will not deceive thee; but they who rely upon their own understanding, are fure to deceive themselves. For, ,7. Remember, God 'hath said, that he : walks and dwells with the humble, and shows bis ways to the meek ; that hereveals himself to labes; that he opens the eyes of the honest and sincere; but hides his grace and • knowledge from the proud and wife in their own fight: Human reason inay both deceive and be deceived; but faith hath God for its foundation, and cannot err; because depending upon one who is truth itself; incapable of mistaking, or of imposing upon others. ... 8. 'Tis therefore highly fit, and, in matters of religion, absolutely neceffary, that these two principles Thould know their order and respective stations; and each contain itself within its proper fphere. Faith (which supposes a revelation received and acknowledged) challenges the highest place ; and reason ought to keep her distance, to serve and follow after, not to fet bounds to, or assume and encroach, and usurp over the other. For,
9. Faith and charity are the two' pillars upon which Christianity stands; the two governing principles of a good man's opi. nions and actions. And their authority
and influence are, in no one instance, more, considerable, than in this of the blessed facrament. God is infinite and eternal, his power unbounded and incomprehensible, he does whatsoever pleaseth him in heaven and earth; and who can understand bis council, or find out all his methods ? ..
10. If the works of God were fuch as human reason could penetrate wiih ease, they would lose great part of their glory. We should soon abate of our awe and veneration for their author, if his dealings were not above the power of our tongues to express, and the utmost extent of our imaginations to conceive: 0, that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodnels, and confess the wonders that he doth for the children of men! for great and marvellous are thy works, O'Lord God Almighty ; how unsearchablc are thy judgments, and thy ways past finding out? Pfali cvii. Rev. xv. Rom. xi.
A prayer of thanksgiving, in our retirement, after
we are returned home from the Lord's table.' · Behold thou art made whole : sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. John v 14. O Lord my God! I acknowledge with
all thank'ulness of heart thy great mercy and goodnels, in giving me an opportunity of approaching thy holy table, in disposing niy mind to commemorate