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Noife of the Wicked, and the Confusions of the W orld? think of the blessed Harmony in Heaven. Dost thou hear the Tempeft of War? remember the Day, when thou shalt be in perfect Peace, under the Wings of the Prince of Peace for ever Thus every Condition, and Creature, affords us Advantages for a heavenly Life, if we had but Hearts to improve them.
$ 17. (7) Be much in the angelical Work of Praise. The more heavenly the Employnient, the more will it make the Spirit heavenly, Praifing God is the Work of Angels and Saints in Heaven, and will be our own everlasting Work; and if we were more in it now, we should be liker to what we shall be then. As Defire, Faith, and Hope, are of shorter Continuance than Love and Joy; fo also Preaching, Prayer, and Sacraments, and all Means for expressing and confirming our Faith and Hope, shall cease, when our triumphant Expressions of Love and Joy shall abide for ever. The livelieft Emblem of Heaven that I krav upon Earth, is, when the People of God, in the deep Sense of his Excellency and Bounty, from Hearts abounding with Love and Joy, join together both in Heart and Voice, in the chearful and melodious singing of his Praises. These Delights, like the Testimony of the Spirit, witness themselves to be of God, and bring the Evidence of their heavenly Parentage along with them
$ 18. Little do we know how we wrong ourfelves, by shutting out of our Prayers the Praises of God, or allowing them so narrow a Room as we usually do, while we are copious enough in our Confeffions and Petitions. Reader, I intreat thee, remember this; let Praises have a larger Room in thy Duties; keep Matter ready at Hand to feed thy Praise, as well as Matter for Confession and Petition.
of all your Graces, and the Happiness of Tour Souls, depend upon your read and cords) Obedience to the Spirit. When the Spirit ges thee to secret Paver; or forbids thee thy known Tiania e bons; or points out to thee the War in which thoa ir culda go; and thou wilt not regard, no Wonde if Hezren and thy Soul be ftrange. If thou wilt not follom the Spirit, while it would draw téce te Canif and thy Duty; how should it lead thee to Hezren, and bring the Heart into the Presence of God? What fupernatural Help, what bold Access, thall the Soul find in its Approaches to the Almighty, that conitanty obeys the Spirit? And how backward, how dull, how albamed, will be be in these Addrefies, who hath often broke away from the Spirit that would have guided him? Christian Reader, doft thou not feel lometimes a Itrong Impreffion to retire from the World, and draw near to God? Do not disobey, but take the Offer, and hoift up thy Sails while this blessed Gale may be had. The more of this Spirit we refift, the deeper will it wound; and the more we obey, the speedier will be our Pace. .5 21. (10) I advije tbee, as a farther Help to this beavenly Life, not to neglect the due Care of thy bedi Health. Thy Body is an useful Servant, if thou give it its Due, and no more than its Due; but it is à most devouring Tyrant, if thou suffer it to have what it unreasonably defires; and it is as a blunted Knife, if thou unjustiy deny it what is necessary to its Support. When we consider, how frequently Men offend on both Extremes, and how few use their Bodies aright, we cannot wonder if they be much hindered in their Converse with Heaven. Most Men are Slaves to their Appetite, and can scarce deny any Thing to the Flesh, and are therefore willingly carried by it to their Sports, or Profits, or vain Com