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the infinite love of my crucified Saviour, to render him'thanks and praise for lay. ing down his life as a sacrifice for the fins of the world, and to represent unto thee that facrifice as a full fatisfaction for them; whereby thou dost incline 'me humbly to hope for all the benefits of his death and passion. But *
What thanks, molt gracious Gód, can I. return unto 'thy Divine Majesty, for impressing a sense of my duty upon my mind; and for that strength and power, whereby thou hast, in some measure, ena-' bled me to perform it? I will praise and magnify thy great and glorious name, and I will entirely devote myself to thy service as long as I have any being.
Blessed be thy name for those freshi supplies of grace t have received ; grant that they may make me run the way of thy commandments with delight and pleasure, that I may never more faint, or droop, or tire in my duty. Bleised be thy name for those comfortable assurances thou hast given me of pardon and forgiveness.'
Let this thy compassionate goodness be a perpetual obligation to love and gratitude. Let it put me upon my guard, that I may watch over all my ways, and do always that which is well-pleasing in thy fight...
Blessed Blessed be thy name, for that peace and quiet thou hast restored to my soul; for those resolutions thou hast wrought in me to persevere in thy service to the end of my days; make them firm, vigorous, and constant; and never let any sinful paí: fions any more ruffle and discompose my mind.
Blessed be thy name for that relish thou hast given me of spiritual delights, that desire of possessing the eternal inheritance : let the enjoyments of sense appear mean and contemptible; and let not the pleasures of the world henceforward any more prevail upon me to transgress thy holy laws.
Grant, O Lord, that I may walk worthy of these thy distinguishing mercies; and live as it becomes the redeemed of the Lord. Without thee, O blessed Je. fus, I can do nothing; without thee, who art the fun of righteousness, I shall walk in darkness ; wichout thee, who art the physician of souls, I shall languish and die ; without thee, who art the joy of all devour minds, I shall consume my days away in sadness. Remain therefore, o Lord, and abide with me for ever; I shall then be enabled to do thy will in this life, and thereby be qualified to partake of thy glories to all eternity in the next. Amen, Amen.
Thus Thus having complied with the duties of the morning, you may refresh yourself with a temperate and cheerful ineal, and thankfully enjoy the good things of this life, wliich Gori hath blessed thee with. As to the afternoon of this, avel all other Lord's days, you are piously and prudently to divide it between the public service, family duties, private dečotions, and ofices of charity, if they preseit themselves ; and, I will add, your own necessary refreshment: for I am not so strict, as totally to forbid you some time upon that day, to unbend your mind, and relax your thoughts, by any company and conversation that is instructive, and innocently diverting: but I absolutely forewarn you against all places of public resort, all gaming and sportful exercises, as giving offence to some, and bad examples to others; for they are unsuitable to the seriousTress and solemnity of the day, and indeed savouring too much of levity and profaneness: and for the further imProvement of thy soul, read á lesson out of the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 2. Section 101.
N. B. After these good instructions and devotions, isthou wouldst, any devout Christian! persevere in thy dutv, and den sirest to lead an holy and godly life for the future, I would advise thee, by all means, (after you have ended the foregoingmeditation) to make the second part of this New Week's Preparation to be thy companion for the week ensuing; for beginning with the devotions for this Sunday's evening, it will furnish thee, through the course of another week, with such devotions, meditarions, and hymns, as will be acceptable to Almighty God, alter thou hast been a worthy paitaker of the Lord's Supper. ,
Those sertants and others who have not the commanr: of their own time, and therefore cannot employ as much of it in these exercises as they could wish and desire ; they may rest assured that God approves and accepts their willing mind, provided they go in a sincere resolution to avoid and forsake sin, and live in the fear of GOD; and behave themselves with conscience and bonesty in those several stations of life which bis providence has appointed them.
4 MORNING PRAYER to be used any day in tlie week.
O let me kear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust: show thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalida cxliii. 8.
Most mighty and gracious God, to
whom I am indebted for all the good things I enjoy; for in thee I live, and move, and have my being; I desire to adore and bless thy glorious name, humbly beseeching thee to accept this my morning facrifice of praise and thankigiving for the comfortable refreshment of the night paft, for thy preservation of ine (and my family, and all that belongs to me from fire, robbery, and tempest, and from all perils and dangers, and especially for bringing me in health and safety to the beginning of this day; in which I befeech thee, O Lord, to keep me without fin.
. Give me awful thoughts of thy Divine Majesty, and such an humble, serious, and devout frame of mind, that iny adoration may not rest in a inere outward form of godlinefs, but that I may always offer unto thee a lively sacrifice, holy and ac ceptable in thy sight.
Be with me, Ö Lord, this day, in all places and upon all occasions ; direct and.
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