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2. Prayer; agd to that purpose we have his wishes and Promises, which we may turn into prayer; O go to God, ; and put him io remembrance of that which he hath delir
ed in his word, O that this people had such hearts, as would
Legg me and keep my commandments always, Deut, . 29, - Say unto the Lord, it is as easie with him to create such : an heart in the as to wish thou hads such an heart. Put
the Lord in mind of his promise, I will take away thair. Sony hearts, and I will give them hearts of fefe. Ezek. xi. 19. Entreat him for the Lord's fake to make good this word to thee, cry to him, Come Lord and break this harel heart of mine, prick it, and launce it, and rather than I peris, let thy holy Spirit be a spirit of bondage to it, thaç I may be afflicted, and moyrn, and weep for my fins..
3. To that, assault of. fwallowing up thy heart with o. ver much forrow, this is more usual with God's people; many a soul hath many a time complained, No heart so hard as mine, my fios are above ordinary, of a scarlet crimson dye, and my forrow is very poor and scans, ia ao
proportiog to my great aod grievous provocations, and • therefore as yet I cannot, dare nut, will not meddle with
any mercy, apply any promise, or be persuaded that Jefus 1. Chrilt belongs upto me. Oh that any should wilfully lye
upon the rack of terror, and trouble of mind! Oh that. any should lay himself thus open to Satan's horrible iojecti.. oos, and cruel temptations! away, away with all exceptie ons, pretexts, scruples, standings out to receive Jesus Christ. And.consider,
1. It is not the greatness of thy forrow but the truch of thy sorrow for fin, as.fia, that God expects, The devil tells thee of thy great fin, and little forrow, and of the poor proportion betwixt these two; and the truth is, if an exact proportion of forrow to the inherent nature and demerit of fio be looked at, there is noge such to be found. Alas! what proportion is there betwixe faite and infinite ? Thy sorrow is finite, buc thy least. la being agaios an in.: faite God is therefore infinite. And suppose thy sorrow were infinite as thy fia, get according to the tepor of the il covenant is would not be acceptable, because there is.
po clause in the covenant to give any hope of repentance; look therefore at the truth and sincerity of thy forrow, for this is the proportion of the gospel; heart-forrow is gospel forrow. · When the Jews were pricked in their hearts then Peter like a good chirurgeon, would not keep those bleed. ing patients any longer in paio with their wounds open, but prefeotly he clapt on the healing plaister of the gofpel, Believe on the Lord Jesus, Acts iii. 37. ' Weeping loul, doth thy heart, when thou art in secret weeping for thy fin, coodemn thee? or doth it clear thee? if thy heart be false I cannot help thee, no nor the gospel neither; but if thy heart be sincere, then be of good comfort, for certainly thou art not far from the kingdom of God.
2. Jesus Christ calls thee, is not that his voice Gome unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will ease you, Mat. xi. 28. Wade on a little with me in the unfolding of this so comfortable a call, and be revived. First then here is to be considered, who calleth. Secondly whom he calleth. Thirdly why he calleth. Every of these contains in it wine of comfort, and oil of grace to glad the heart, and to chear up the heavy countenance of the sorrowful and sobbing soul.. .
5. Consider who calleth; Is it not the woman's feed appointed to crush and bruise the serpent's head? Is it not that root of Jesse, that fon of David, that sweet Emanuel, that meek Meffias, that merciful Jesus, that fole and only Mediator, who in his own person hath concluded a peace, aad made a full atonement between the Lord and thee? Is it not that Jesus Christ shadowed in the law, foretold by the prophets, and in the appointed time exhibited ? surely he it is, and none but he: Thou sayeft thou art a
finder, a grievous Gioner, and he tells thee, His name is · Jefus, for he will save his people from their fins, Matth. i. 21. Oh! if souls would believe this, would not this dry up their tears? Thou sayelt, thou seest him not, but thou hast his word, and he is real.in 'what he speakerh. Sup. pose then, that in the chamber where thou art crying af. ter him, or in the church where thou art waiting for him, he should appear, and visibly appear before thine eyes Oui pening his bolom, and bowels, and blood before thee, and
calling unto thee to this purpose, I entreat thee, and befeech thee, by all those tears I have shed for thee in the days of my flesh, bx all those bitter agoniés I bave suffered for thee, by all those tender bowels which have been rolled together towards thee, coine to me, embrace me, and Jay thy weary waltering foul in this blessed bofom of mine. Who would not come in? Who would not rise out of the
düst, and with chearful fpirit embrace the motion of his - dear Redeemer? Why he it is that calleth thee...
2. Consider whom he cálleth'; Is it not these who are weary and heavy laden? Is it not those who are tired and overburthened with the weight of lin? Christ, and all gof. pel promises belong to them ihat mourn in Zion; The fpirit of the Lord is upon me, saith Christ, because he hath nointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted. - 0 thou afflicted,' and tossed
with tempefts, that hast no comfort, behold I will lay thy i ftones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with saphires,
&c. Luke iv. 18. Ifa. liv. i 1: The spiritual excellency of
lig, and must be seaGble of lia; they only will atteo d or Christ's call, who feel fin a burden; as if a man be under ap heavy burden in some dark night, and hears but the poise of the feet of one paffing by, then he cries out for help; so the soul under the heavy burden of sin, is glad to hear of any direction out of the word of God to come to Christ, and therefore Christ only calls them who are thus qualified; Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden.
3. Consider why, or to what ead he calleth: Is it be: to take pulletion of Christ and all his graces? Is it got to come to a pear, and sweet, and everlasting fellowship with Chrift himself? Is it not to have his person, and to have his privileges, rest, and peace, and reconciliation with his majefty? If Chrilt should say to thee, Come into the garden,, and there watch and pray with me, sorrow and fuffer with me; wouldit thou nor count it an honour ? What is it then to say, Come and have relt; come and I will ease thee of thy burden of fia; come and I will spriokle thy conscience with my blood, that thou shalt be able to give answer to all the temptations of Satan; thou shalt have thy pardon pow, aad at the great day of judgment thy pardon shall be solemnized by men and angels. Ah! poor soul, why weepest thou? Is it not time to wipe thine eyes with Mary, qud to say Rabboni? Surely if God gives hee but a heart to make this real to thy loul, thou may depart in peace, and go away and bless thy God, and say with the Plalmist, • now my soul return unto thy reft,
for the Lord hath dealt very bountifully with thee, Pfal. xi. 6,7.
If yet thou fageft, When is my forrow sufficient? and when may I receive comfort in due season. I answer,
i. When the soul is weary of its bonds and fetters of șin, as much, and more than of the fetters of trouble; when the chains of corruption are grievous as pangs of consciences; when the soul hates Satan as a tempter, as much as a troubler, then it is ripe for comfort; but when the cry is louder, Oh my sorrow! and oh my grief! then, Oh my lia! and oh my guilt! When it follows God, and
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means with, Oh give me comfort! but deser with, oh
give me grace! this soul is pot ripe for comfort. **. 2. When the soul is conten ted, if God see it fit and needful for the soul to be longer without comfort; when a foul cao pray in fincerity, Lord, if my rotten heart be por broken enough, break it more; if my searched wounds be not throughly searched, launce them, and search the:n more; if there be any wickedąels in me, search me Lord, and fry me till thou find it out; if I would be proud of
chy favour, or if I would turn thy grace jato wastongess, * or get above ordigaaces and duties of religion, or proudly
despise my brethren that are lower than I, let me falt
for comfort, and to that purpose it is the Lord's message to his ministers, Comfort ye, comfort ye my
people, speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unte
is pardoned,' Isa. xl. 1. Satan koowing this, and per-