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• The object of this heavenly worship is no less a
recommendation of it; not only God Creator, and
God Preserver, but God our Saviour. If a sense of
gratitude, duty and intereft, is not totally eradicate,
the importance, necessity and excellency of this ex-
ercise must at once appear : nor can any thing be
more expressive of a criminal thoughtlespess, than
to ly under such a variety of obligations without
acknowledgments, suited in some measure to the
vaftness, freeness and extent of them. If what is
great and remarkable, for value and beauty among
the creatures, excite to strains of wonder and praise ;
how much more should such exercise have place,
respecting him who is the sum, centre, and perfec-
tion of all possible, imaginable, everlasting loveli.
ness, and excellency. But if praise and veneration
are due to him, because of what he is in himself, ab-
ftracted from his love to sinners in Christ; when
that surprising circumstance is taken into the ac-
count, it becomes like a threefold cord, that cannot
be broken.

The duty and exercise of praise is still further recommended to us, from its being the peculiar business of all the redeemed above. The need of prayer, as to them, has ceased; and ceased, to return no more for ever; they have nothing to do but praise ; nor will they ever act in a different capacity within the vail. Heaven continually rings with the ceaseless echo of their exalted joy; fongs, in which, even angels cannor partake; and songs, which, to themselves, are peculiar, absolutely peculiar, and undivided. Can we then be bound for Immanuel's shore, and yet not think of learning the language of that better country? Though encompassed with manifold

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grounds of sorrow and couragetwist, upon thinko ing of God our Saviour, ani C. paring his words and works, we muit itu diundani chade of praile: and therefore we thould try the exercise, and repeat the endeavour; as knowing that he whom we praise, can make the tongue even of the stammerer to speak plain. Of this we should the rather make conscience, because the want of relish for such exercise is a glaring characteristic of wicked men ; who, preferring vain, lewd and idle fongs, to them of a {piritual nature, and, by being entertained with any composition, truly poetical and melodious, except what respects religion and eternity, plainly declare, they have no loi por part in this matter; and have no present ground of hope, that they thall ever join in the new song of praise above.

You with whom the Lord has dealt graciously, whose hearts he has changed by his Spirit, and whom he has made willing in the day of his power; you see the delightful, honourable and ravishing employment reserved for you, when you get to glory. Have you, at particular times, got such a looling of your bonds, such a reviving in your bondage, that ye could not do otherways than sing, yea, thout forth the praises of your God and Saviour ? Do you remember the time when, and the place where, this was the case with you ? do you remember the duty and ordinance, by means whereof you were thus enlarged towards the Lord ? did you look upon such dispensations as Bethels, as the house of God, the gate of heaven, and the dawn of glory to you ? were you then and ehere desious of building tabernacles, and concluding that your mount stood strong? All this is absolutely nothing, to the joy, transport, and delight, in resurve for you. These earthen vessels could not bear the weight of joy, where with the exceeding great and


eternal weight of glory, to be dispensed in heaven, is pregnant: nor could they, till cast of new, be capable of acting their part in performing the new song. Your highest attainments in the exercise of praife here, are pitiful and groveling, compared with what the lowest faint in all the ransomed afsembly shall be capable of.

But, on the other hand, are you pained and perplexed, because such strangers to the exercise of praise? do you see and feel lo many grounds of forrow, shame and fear, that sighing, weeping, groan.. ing, complaining, or, at most, praying, is all that you can win at? Is this so much the case, that you have little or no acquaintance with that comfort and fatisfaction, which arise from the exercise of praise ? and can you not, with any degree of comfortable application to yourselves, realize the satisfaction to be enjoyed frorn the performance of this new song of praise in heaven? well, your heaven will only be so much the sweeter, and your enjoyment of this fong the more ravishing, when you get there. In proportion as these heavenly raptures are new, unexpected and unexperienced, they will prove the niore delicious, entertaining and agrecable. Do you find, that, however elevated your minds, or howe. ver deprest, you cannot express yourselves in songs of praise ? your very bodily frame is quite subversive of the external part of that exercise ? your ear dull, your voice unmelodious, and your tongue stammer ing? when others ling in imitation of this new song, cannot you so much as join, without spoiling the consort, and breaking the harmörny? for the sake of others, are you often either filent, while they fing; or must you only whisper, while they shout forth the praises of God and the Lamb ? The day, my brethien, fast hastens, when this, with your other complaints, Mall be done away; when your


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voices shall be as tuneable, your tongues as melodious, and your ears as delicate, as any of the longsters in Immanuel's happy land : in this, as in every other respect, your bodies shall be fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body. Do you find such unhappy intervals, from constitutional defects, unavoidable occurences, or immediate temptations, that, instead of singing the new song of Moses, fretfulness and distraction worm out your peace, prey upon the vitals of your joy, make you burdens to yourselves, render you disagreeable to o. thers, and not only mar and impede, but almost quite overturn, your views of joining the Mediator, with his company, in the blissful work? That such duiky and gloomy shades may, in hallowed characters, sometimes have place, will not be denied; and that such circumstances are grounds of deep humiliation, must be admitted : but, as ChriStians, your comfort lies in this, that, when got within the vail, you will be raised above the possibility of interruption, in the praises of God; from whatever cause, for whatever continuance, to whatever degree.

Be therefore, upon the whole, exhorted, to realize the happy period, when these former things hall have passed away: mean time, to be acting as those who are animated with such great and enlarged hopes. That you are, before the throne, to follow the glorious Man, in the new forg of praise, should considerably heighten your value of that state, your ambition after that exercise, and your desire to mingle with that blesfed society. Study such chearfulness in the ways of God, as will tend to wipe off the common, but groundless reproach from the gospel, as if it was

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candidates for everlasting bliss. Say not, in what. çver circumstances, You have no ground of singing : for, as long as you are out of hell, you ought to praise; and, praising God for this, your notes may insensibly rise to a wonderful imitation of the new song itself.

You, on the other hand, who are still in a natu. ral state, unacquainted with the power of converting and renewing grace, strangers to the influence of Christ's resurrection on your hearts, and of the doctrines of the gospel upon your lives; who know nothing of a bondage state, nor of that glorious liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free; you, in this doctrine, see glorious privileges and employments in which you have no part, for which you have no capacity. As far as your present state can forebode, all your singing and gladness will be circumscribed by this life, and confined, absolutely confined, toit: continuing and dying unconverted, you shall never join in the new song, nor so much as see the new Jerusalem ; within the gates of that city, no such unclean things can enter. If you never, in any degree, enter into the spirit of praise here, is it to be imagined, can it, without iinpropriety, be alledged, that you are on the way to that land where praise is the chief employment, and worship all the business of the blest inhabitants ? If you will not so much as join externally in the praises of God, but be dumb, while all around you join in the long; can it be thought you have any lot in this matter? So far is the contrary the truth, that whatever your employment thro' eternity, praife shall make no part of it. If you look on public praise with such indifference, as, with. out necesity, to absent from ordinances until that part of the service is over; and to retire again before praise are offered up; do not you discover

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