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will refresh you. O blessed Jesus, I come unto thee in humility, and deeply sensible of my great unworthiness, O do thou bear this burden of sin for me, and refresh me with comfortable hopes of thy mercy and forgiveness, and the truth of thy Salvation. - I adore thee, my God, and make an entire resignation of myself, and of all that I am and have, into thy hands; desiring now, and to all eternity, to depend on thee my God, and my inheritance.
To thee I owe all the comforts of life, health, peace, and plenty I enjoy, the freedom from all those pains, and miseries, and evils I am subject to, and have deserved at thy hands. I desire above all things to give most humble and hearty thanks to thee, O God the Father, for the redemption of the world by thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for the means of grace, which thou hast ordained by thy word and sacraments, and the hopes of glory.
I beseech thee, in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, who was pleased to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption, to pardon all the fins I have at any time committed; and grant I may find the power of his death in my dying to fin, and rising unto righteousnefs ; that being freed from sin, all things belonging to the spirit may live and grow in me, now and for evermore,
I beseech thee, continue to my soul the grace I received in the holy facrament, that I may order all my words and actions, and my whole conversation with such care and prudence, as to give no offence or occasion of falling to any; but may be a good example to others, and adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
O let thy holy Spirit always direct and rule my heart, and of thy great goodness bring me to life eternal; and give me grace to do my duty in that state of life whereunto thou hart been pleased to call me, and make me therewith content. Continue to me, I beseech thee, the blessings I enjoy, supply me with those I want, and turn from me all those evils which I most righteously have deserved, or which either the malice of the Devil, or the wickedness or misfortunes of the world may bring upon me. · Let all things that befal me in this world work together for my good in the other; and grant me always those things, whether prof. perous or adverse, that may best conduce to, and be most prosperous for, my eternal falvation: wherefore I resign, O Lord, and give myfelf up to thy Providence: I submit myself to all the events which it shall please thee to bring upon me : do with me what thou feest good, and let thy holy will be done in me, and by me, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, who has taught us, when we pray, to Cay, Our Father, &c.
· The Meditation for Friday Morning, On a thankful remembrance of the death of Chrif. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Cor. iv. 15. I. ATOW, my soul ! to faith we must join
IV a thankful remembrance of the death of Christ, and of those benefits which we receive thereby. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our fins. This is a mercy far above all other mercies : nay, it is this which sweetens all other mercies to us.
II. Had there been no Redemption, our creation had only made us capable of endless torments, and it had been better for us never to have been born, than to inevitable ruin; which must have been our lot and portion, had not the Son of God, by his own oblation of himself, once offered upon the cross, made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice and satisfaction to God for the sins of the whole world.
III. We must declare and publish to the world, what God hath done to save mankind from that misery which they had deserved, and to restore us again to that happiness and glory, which we could never expect or hope to enjoy, had not Christ died for us. With what joy and thankfulness then must we
commemorate this exceeding love of God, in the salvation of finners by Jesus Christ!
. IV. This was the proper end and defign of the institution, to perpetuate this wonderful love of Christ in laying down his life for us; which our Saviour, a little before his cruci. fixion, commanded, saying, do this in remembrance of me : this being a solemn command of our Master and only Saviour thus dying for us, we cannot refuse obedience thereto, without being guilty of the most horrible ingratitude and contempt of his divine authority, who of his great love to us laid down his life for us men, and for our salvation.
V. How then, my soul ! can they who profefs themselves christians, and hope for falvation by Jesus Christ, and yet pot pay obedience to this his command, clear themfelves of a doworight affront to his sacred majesty ? may he not justly upbraid such christians, as he did once the Jews, “ Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Oh ! how unworthy are we of that falvation which he hath wrought for us, if we deny him so small a favour, such a reasonable request, as to commemorate his death and bitter pafsion as often as the Church hath thought meet to celebrate it, who did humble himself even to the death of the cross, for us miserable finners, who lay in darkness, and in the fhadow of death,
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that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life! .
VI. In this sacrament of the Lord's supper we have the pardon and remission of all our fins; the grace and assistance of the Holy Spirit; and therefore, had we no love, no regard or reverence to the dying words of our Saviour, yet surely the consideration of our own present and future advantage, might prevail with us to be more frequent at the Lord's table than we usually are. A Hymn of Thansgiving on Friday Morning.
In Remembrance of the Death of Christ. N OW let my heart with godly fear, TV And mournful pleasures sing The death of Christ, our great High Priest,
Our Prophet and our King!.. 'Tis he, my soul! whom God decreed,
For crimes which thou hast done, A facrifice and ransom great ;
Th’ Almighty's only Son. Sing then, my soul, God's wond'rous love!
And bless thy Saviour's name, Whose death hath made God's justice known;
By whom salvation came. The pangs of our expiring Lord
Hell's dark designs have broke, And paid for follies not his own :
Oh! bless'd be thou, my rock!