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is not carried to Heaven by force; he goes to it of his own accord, through Divine grace. God wishes all men to be saved ; but He will not compel us to be saved. And the choice is not between a house more or less convenient, but between an abode full of every delight amidst the friends of God, or à pit full of every torment with the company of devils and of the wicked. And for how long ? Not for twenty or forty years; but for all eternity. Choose then, my soul, and be wise in thy choice.
But, ah! foolish and blind that I have been. I have known long since of my “long home," and yet I have been planting and building here as if this home were the enduring one. But when I look on all the works that my hands have wrought, and on all the labour that I have laboured to do for my own interest, and apart from GOD, behold it is all vanity and vexation of spirit, and there is no profit under the sun.
And, O ye past and bygone years, what witnesses ye are of my soul's waste, and of my forgetfulness of God. But “I believe in the life everlasting.” I believe that after this life there is another life which never ends, and in this belief I will rekindle my faith; and with this thought ever before me, I will adopt every means to secure my salvation. I will frequent the Sacraments and all means of grace. I will reflect and meditate. I will fly dangerous occasions. And if it be necessary to leave the world, I will leave it, because no precautions can be too great to secure eternal salvation. “No security is too great where eternity is at stake.”
My God, I have deserved to dwell with everlasting burnings, but Thy mercy has waited for me, and given me time to repair the evils I have done. For ever blessed be the Blood of JESUS, which has obtained this mercy for me. Never more, O GOD, never more let me offend Thee, or abuse Thy patience. Never more let me abuse Thy will, and Thy Infinite Goodness. For what dost Thou desire, O my God, but my welfare and my salvation ? O happy me, if I live during the remainder of my life, and end my life, in loving Thee, and doing Thy will.
O JESUS, obtain for me, through Thy Mediation, the gift of final perseverance, that I may endure to the end in Thy grace and love, and may go to Thy long home!
O most pitiful God, I fly to Thee for help, because I know that Thou art ready to be found of them that seek Thee, and
that Thou canst do all things; for with the same Almighty power, wisdom, and goodness wherewith Thou spakest the word, and all things were made, with the same readiness Thou canst speak the word, and all things in me which have been deformed shall be reformed. O speak, LORD, for Thy servant heareth. Send into my heart Thy healing, life-giving word; uphold me with Thy free SPIRIT, and restore to me the joy of Thy salvation through JESUS CHRIST, our SAVIOUR and Redeemer. Amen.
O Holy, Blessed, and Glorious TRINITY,
Have mercy upon me a miserable sinner.
And make me, with all who are dear to me, to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting, in our LORD JESUS, CHRIST. Amen.
Our FATHER, &c.
Psalm CXXXII. Memento Domine.
LORD, remember David : and all his trouble.
How he sware unto the LORD: and vowed a yow unto the Almighty God of Tacob;
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I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house : nor clinib up into my bed ;
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyelids to slumber : neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
Until I find out a place for the temple of the LORD : an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata : and found it in the wood.
We will go into His tabernacle : and fall low on our knees before His footstool.
Arise, O LORD, into Thy resting-place : Thou, and the ark of Thy Strength.
Let Thy Priests be clothed with righteousness : and let Thy Saints sing with joyfulness.
For Thy servant David's sake : turn not away the presence of Thiñe Anointed.
The LORD hath made a faithful oath unto David : and He shall not shrink from it;
Of the fruit of thy body : shall I set · upon thy seat.
*If thy children will keep My covenant, and My testimonies that I shall learn them : their children also shall sit upon thy seat for evermore.
For the LORD hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for Himself : He hath longed for her.
194 A MEDITATION DURING ADVENT.
This shall be My rest for ever : here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
I will bless her victuals with increase : and will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will deck her Priests with health : and her Saints shall rejoice and sing.
There shall I make the horn of David to flourish : I have ordained a lantern for Mine Anointed.
As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame : but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
J. MASTERS AND CO., PRINTERS, ALDERSGATE STRXET.