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How glad are seamen when they make the shore ?
ous and dangerous voyage, they descry land, and see the defired haven before them? Then they turn out of their loathed cabins, and come upon open deck with much joy. Psal. cvii. 30. « Then “ they are glad, because they be quiet : So he bringeth them to their « desired haven.” Now they can reflect with comfort upon the many dangers they have past, Olim hæc meminiffe juvabit ; it is sweet to recount them.
APPLICATION. But O what a transcendent joy, yea, ravishing, will over-fun the hearts of saints, when, after so many conflicts, temptations, and afflictions, they arrive in glory, and are harboured in heaven, where they shall reft for ever! 2 Theff. i. 7. The fcripture faith, “ They shall « fing the song of Moses, and of the Lamb,” Rev. xv. 3. The fong of Moses was a triumphant song, composed for the celebration of that glorious deliverance at the red fea. The faints are now fluctuating upon a troublesome and tempestuous lea; their hearts fometimes ready to fink, and die within them, at the apprehension of so many and great dangers and difficulties. Many a hard storm they ride out, and many straits and troubles they here encounter with, but at last they arrive at their desired and long-expected haven, and then heaven rings and resounds with their joyful acclamations. And how can it be otherwise, when as soon as ever they set foot upon that glorious fhore, Chrift himself meets and receives them with a « Come ye blefled of “ my Father,” Matth. Xav. 34. O joyful voice ! O much defired word! saith Paræus, what tribulation would not a man undergo for this word's fake!
Besides, then they are perfectly freed from all evils, whether of sin or suffering, and perfectly filled with all desired good. Now they shall join with that great assembly, in the high praises of God. O what a day will this be! If (faid a * worthy divine) Diagoras died away with an excess of joy, whilft he embraced his three fons that were crowned as victors in the Olympic games in one day: and good old Simeon, when he faw Chrift but in a body subject to the infirmities of our nature, cried out, “Now let thy fervant depart in “ peace;" what unspeakable joy will it be to the saints, to behold Christ in his glory, and see their godly relations also (to whose conversion, perhaps, they have been instrumental) all crowned, in one day, with everlasting diadems of bliss! and if the stars did, as lg.
Morning Exercise, p. 651.
natius faith, make a choir, as it were, about that star that appeared at Christ's incarnation, and there is such joy in heaven at the conversion of a linner; no wonder, then, the morning stars fing together, and the fons of God shout for joy, when the general afsembly meet in beaven. O how will the arches of heaven ring and echo, when the high praises of God shall be in the mouth of fuch a congregation! then thall the saints be joyful in glory, and fing aloud upon their beds of everlasting reft.
REFLECTION. And is there such a day approaching for the fons of God, indeed! and have I [authority] to call myself one of the number! John i. 12. O then let me not droop at present difficulties, nor hang down my hands when I meet with hardships in the way. O my soul, what a joyful day will this be! for at present we are tossed upon an ocean of troubles, fears, and temptations; but these will make heaven the sweeter.
Cheer up, then, O my soul, thy falvation is now nearer thar when thou first believedst, Rom. xiii. 11. and it will not now be long ere I receive the end of my faith, 1 Pet. i. 9. and then it will be sweet to reflect even upon these hardships in the way. Yet a few days more, and then comes that blessed d: thou hast so long waited and panted for. Oppose the glory of that day, O my soul, to thy present abasures and sufferings, as blessed Paul did, Rom. i. 18. and thou shalt fee how it will fhrink them all up to nothing; oppose the inheritance thou shalt receive in that day, to thy loffes for Christ now; and see how joyfully it will make thee bear them, Heb. x. 34. oppose the honour that will be put upon thee in that day, to thy present reproaches, and see how easy it will make them to thee, i Cor. iv. 5.
What condition can I be in, wherein the believing thoughts of this blefled day cannot relieve me?
Am I poor, here is that which answers poverty: James iii. 5: « Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of « this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom ?”
Am I tempted ? here is relief against that : Rev. xii. 16. “ Now « is come salvation and strength; for the accuser of our brethren is ( caft down," &c.
Am I deferted? here is a remedy for that too, Rev. xxii. 5. “ And u there thall be no night there," &c. Come, then, my soul, let us enter upon our inheritance by degrees, and begin the life of heaven upon earth.
Heaven's arches, earth's foundations, seem'd to ring
a-fhore ! Vol. V.
How will the ravish'd souls transported be
A CONCLUDING SPEECH.
these weak labours ; wliat use you will make of them, I know not, but this I know, that the day is coming, when God will reckon with you for this, and all other helps and means afforded to you: and if it be not improved by you, be sure it will be produced as a witness against you. Sirs, I beg you, in the name of Christ, before whom both you and I must shortly appear, that you receive not thele things in vain. Did I know what other lawful means to use 1 that might reach your hearts, they fhould not be in vain to you ; but I cannot do God's part of the work, nor yours : only I request you all, both masters, common men, and all others into whose hands this shall
will lay to heart what you read; pray unto him that bath the key of the house of David, that openeth and no man shutteth, to open your hearts to give entertainment to these, truths. Alas ! if you apply it not to yourselves, I have laboured to no purpose; the pen of the scribe is in vain : but God may make such an application of them, in one storm or another, as may make your hearts to tremble. Oh, firs! when death and eternity look you in the face, conscience may reflect upon these things to your horror and amazement, and make you cry out, as Prov. v. 12, 13 “ How have I hated knowledge, and my heart despised reproof
* and have not obeyed the voice of my teacher, nor inclined my ears 66 to them that instructed me?” And O what a dreadful shriek will fuch fouls give, when the Lord opens their eyes to see that misery that they are here warned of! But if the Lord shall bless these things to your conversion, then we may say to you, as Moses did to Zebulun, the mariners tribe, Deut. xxxiii. 12. “Rejoice Zebulun in thy « going out.” The Lord will be with you, which way foever you turn yourselves; and being in the bofom of the covenant, you are safe in the midst of all dangers. Othou, that art the Father of fpirits, that formedft and canst easily reform the heart, open thou the blind eye, unstop the deaf ear, let the word take hold upon the heart. If thou wilt but say the word, these weak labours thall profper, to bring home many lost souls unto thee. Amen.
· A Pathetical and Serious
DISSU ASI V E
Horrid and detestable SINS of Drunkenness, Swearing, Unclean
ness, forgetfulness of Mercies, Violation of Promises, and atheistical
Contempt of Death. Applied by way of Caution to SEAMEN, and now added as an AP
PENDIX to their New COMPASS.
Being an Essay toward their much-desired Reformation, fit to be seriously recom
mended to their profane Relations, whether Seamen or others, by all such as un. feignedly desire their eternal Welfare.
To the right worshipful Sir JOHN FREDERICK, Kt, one of the
worshipful Aldermen of the City of London, and their honourable Burgess in the present Parliament: and to the truly religious and ever honoured Mr John LOVERING, of the city of London, merchant.
Much honoured and esteemed,
yet there is an excellent use and advantage to be made of them: partly to encourage persons of worth and eminency to espouse the interest of religion themselves; and partly to oblige those readers, for whom such books are principally intended, to a diligent perusal of them, by interesting such persons in them, for whom they have great respects, or on whom they have any dependence.
Upon the first account, a dedication would be needless to you: for I am persuaded, you do not only in your judgment approve the design I here manage, viz. The reformation of the profane and loofer sort of our seamen; but are also heartily willing to improve your interest to the uttermoft for the promotion of it. look upon you as persons acted by that low and common spirit that the most of your profession are acted by, who little regard, if they be good servants to them, whether God have any service from them or not; and if they pay them the wages due for their work, never think of the wages they are to receive for their fin. You are judged to be persons of another spirit, who do not only mind, but advance Christ's interest above your own, and negotiate for his glory, as well as for your own gain : and yet herein you consult your own interest as well as God's : Subordinata non pugnant. Your interest is never more prosperously managed, or abundantly secured, than when it is carried on in a due subordination to God's. Their reformation will apparently tend to your advantage. Those sins of theirs, against which I have here engaged, are the Jonabs in your ships ; it is fin that sinks them, and drives them against the rocks. « One • finner destroyeth much good," Eccl. viii. 11. How much more a lewd crew of them conspiring to provoke God! the death of their lusts, is the more probable means to give life to your trade. And as these counsels prosper in their hearts, so will your business thrive in your hands. Piety and prosperity are married together in that promife, Psal. i. 3. Onefimus was never so profitable a servant to Philemon, as when he became his brother in a spiritual, as well as his servant in a civil capacity, Phil. ver. 11. and 16. compared. And yet if your interest were forced to step back, to give way to Christ's, I hope you would (notwithstanding) rejoice therein. So that my present business is, not so much to persuade you, whose hearts I hope, God hath already persuaded to so good a work; as to make your fame and respects, which are great among then, an innocent bait to tempt them to their duty. And it either your names or interest may be useful to such an end, I presume I may use them freely, and welcome; for, sure I am, they can never be put to a better use.
Well then, I will make bold to send this small adventure in your fhips; and if the return of it be but the conversion of one soul to God, I shall reckon that I have made a better voyage than you, let your returns be never so rich.
How these things will, affect them I know not. I do suppose it will produce different effects upon them, according to the different tempers of their fpirits, and according as God fhall command or sufpend the bleffing. Possibly some will storm at the close and cutting rebukes of the word, (for most men's lụíts are a great deal more fenfible and tender than their consciences) and will fondly imagine that this neceffary plainness tends to their reproach. But if none but the guilty can be supposed to be angry at them, they will thereby reproach