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lay in Zion for a Foundation Stone, a tried Stone, a precious Corner Stone, a sure Foundation. He that believeth, shall not make haste : trust in this sure Foundation, you know that it hath never failed you. O lay not a new foundation, depart not from this sure Foundation, the Lord Jesus Christ ; but say unto him, as Peter, when many disciples went back, and walked no more with him ; 'Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. Thus, by believing in Christ, and buildinglupon this sure Foundation, you will bring bonour and glory to his blessed name, and obtain salvation for your immortal souls.
Blessed is he that overcometh, (not he that is overcome,) be that overcometh, shall inherit all things. Blessed is he that overcometh the world, that overcomes the devil, and that overcometh sin, that overcometbb is lusts, his concupiscence, and all ungodliness and unrighteousness. Rev. ii. 7. "To him that overcometh, will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.' It is the desire of my soul, that you may overcome, and be more than conquerors, through Christ, that hath loved you and washed you from your sins, in his own blood : and that you persevere, and continue in welldoing to the end of your days, and then lay down your heads in peace, and enter into an everlasting rest, where there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain, nor mourning; but God shall wipe away all tears from your eyes. And you that have been mourners in Zion, shall sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty ! just and true are thy ways, thou King of Saints; who shall not fear thee and glorify thy name, for thou only art holy !
Thus, my friends, you will bless the Lord for ever, that bath visited your souls, when you come to obtain, through our Lord Jesus Christ, salvation
and eternal glory; and join in the innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, in celebrating the praises of his great and excellent name : who alone is worthy; who is God over all, blessed for ever more! Amen.
"HIS PRAYER AFTER SERMON.
MOST Blessed, Glorious, Eternal and Incomprehensible Lord God, we desire to worship, and bumbly adore thy excellent Majesty, whose gracious and favourable presence is with all thine, that wait upon thee, and desire to serve thee in the beauties of holiness. Thou hast mercifully made known thyself in this day of thy power and love, to a willing people, that delight to worship thee in spirit and in truth; the desire of whose souls is to thee only, and to the remembrance of thy name, that hunger and thirst, and look, anıl long for thy appearance. Blessed God, thou hast appeared, and thy appearance is glorious: Thou hast wonderfully appeared in the beams of gospel-light and grace, and caused not only the blessed gospel to dawn upon us, but thou hast been pleased to make thy glory to shine upon us, in the face of Jesus Christ, the dear Son of thy love; and by the mighty and powerful working of thy Holy Spirit, thou hast enlightened us with the saving knowledge of thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent, which is Life Eternal. The desire of our souls is after thee, more than after all things besides thee: Lord thou bast raised these living desires in our souls, and fervent breathings after thee, the living God. It is the most sincere and earnest desire of our souls to draw nighi to thee, that thou mayest draw nigh to us, and bless us; and that our services may be accepted, and well pleasing to thee through Jesus Christ. Lord, be graciously pleased to bow down thy people by thy mighty power, to a holy submission and resignation to thy heavenly will; and lift up the light of thy countenance upon all those, that breathe after
communion with thee, that are thy peculiar people, and whom thou has set apart for thyself, and whom thou hast raised up to be monuments of thy mercy, and instruments of thy praise. There are many here present can say, that thou bast been very good unto them ; thou hast caused joy to spring up in tbeir souls in all the sorrows and troubles that have attended thein. O how liberally hast thou distributed of thy light and love! tbou bast opened a living fountain, and with living streams thou hast consolated and refreshed their souls, under their many trials and temptations. O God of my life, I beseech thee, bless all thy people, all that bave believed in thy dear" Son, Jesus Christ; draw nigh to all those that desire to come into the fellowship of thy trutb; open thy hand, and dispense thy mercies liberally to us, that every one of us may know, that we receive from thy infinite fullness, and have all our supplies from thee. Let us be abundantly satisfied with iby loving kindness, which is better than life ; and fed with the hidden manna, and eat of the bread that came down from Heaven, that whosoever eats of it shall never die, but live for ever. Let thy mighty arm and power, O Lord, be revealed, and thy love shed abroad upon our bearts ! preserve us and all thy people in the hollow of thy band, and under thy Pavilion, from the fury and rage of the enemy, and from the strise of tongues. Compass us about with thy favour, as with a shield, and surround us with thine everlasting arms, that the enemy of our souls may not approacb us. O Lord, frustrate the designs of that adversary, that like a roaring lion goes about continually seeking whom he may devour. Lord hear all those that cry to thee in the depth of their distresses and afflictions, and help, and succour, and comfort, and support them, and deliver them in the needful time: shew them the path of life; keep them from every evil way, and lead them in the way everlasting; and let them walk therein, and not be weary and faint in their minds; looking up to Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith ; who for the joy, that was set before him, endured the cross, and despised the shame; who is a merciful high priest, that cannot but be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; that was tempted as we are, that he might succour those that are tempted. Let us follow the Captain of our salvation, who was made perfect through sufferings, having the kingdom of grace in our hearts, and kingdom of glory in our eyes; and by a patient continuance in well doing, seek after glory and honour, immortality and eternal life. Let thy kingdom come in power, and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven! we pray thee, sanctify all such opportunities, as these, unto thy people, and teach them to profit, and so to hear, that their souls may live.
We cannot open the hearts of men ; it is Thou, 0. Lord alone, that canst open their bearts : Thou bast the key of David, that canst open, and none can shut; and shut, and none can open. Man can do nothing of himself; it is thou, O Lord, that dost all. Prosper the labours of thy servants in the ministry of this nation, and in all the nations that are nigh, and afar off, where any are gathered to wait upon thee: Lord, be thou in the midst of them ; let every plant of thine own planting, grow, and bring forth fruit to thy praise. Send forth thy light, and thy truth, and let thy glorious gospel have a free course, and be glorified. Be with ihose that cannot come to the solemn assemblies of thy people, let them be taught of God: those that lie upon beds of languishing, do thou beal and recover them; let them hear the voice of thy rod, and not only receive correction, but instruction, and be taught by thy Spirit to improve their afflictions, that they may thankfully and joyfully say, it is good for us that we were afflicted. Pity those that are wounded will, the sense of their sin, and pour oil into their wounds