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swer, Thy face, Lord, will we feek'. For should not a people seek unto their God? Whither shall we go but to thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life s.
9. We mut express the sense we have of our own meana ness, and unworthiness to draw near to God, and speak to bion.
But will God in very deed dwellwith man upon the earth, that God whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, with man that is a worm, and the son of man which is a worm?
Who are we, O Lord God, and what is our Father's house, that thou hast brought us hitherto, to present ourselves before the Lord ; that we have through Christ an access by one Spirit unto the Father w? And yet as if this had been a small thing in thy light, thou hast spoken concerning thy servants for a great while to come ; and is this the manner of men, O Lord God x,
What is man that thou art thus mindful of him, and. the son of man that thou visitest him, and dost thus. magnify him?
O let not the Lord be angry, if we that are but dust and ashes, take upon us to speak unto the Lord of glory 2.
We are not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth which thou hast showed unto thy servants a ; nor is it meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to such as we are : yet the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their master's table b: and thou art rich in mercy to all that call
thee c. 10. We must humbly profess the desire of our hearts towards God, as our felicity and portion, and the fountain of life and all good to us.
Whom have we in heaven but thee: and there is
s John vi. 68.
ps Ifa. viii, 19. v Job xxv. 6.
W 2 Sam. vii. 18, 19 b Psalm viii. 4: % Gen, xviii. 27. 30. у Mat. t. XV. 26, 27.
c Rom. X. II,
t 2 Chron. vi. 18,
* Eph. ii. 18 a Gen. xxxii. Io
earth that we desire besides thee, or in comparison of theed: When our flesh and our heart fail, be thou the strength of our heart and our portion for ever; the portion of our inheritance in the other world, and of our cup in this, and then we will say that the lines are fallen unto us in pleasant places, and that we have a goodly heritage o.
The desire of our souls is to thy Name, and to the remembrance of thee; with our souls have we desired. thee in the night, and with our spirits within us will we seek thee only f.
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, fo panteth our soul after thee, O God; our soul thirsteth for God, for the living God, who will command his loving kindness in the day-time, and in the night his song ihall be with us, and our prayer to the God of our life 8.
O that we may come hungering and thirsting after righteousness h; for thou fillest the hungry with good things, but the rich thou sendest empty away i
O that our fouls may thirst for thee, and our fleil long for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is, that we may see thy power and thy glory, as we have feen thee in the sanctuary. Thy loving kindness is beiter than life ; our souls thall be satisfied with it as with marrow and fatness, and then our mouihs with joyful lips shall praise theek.
1. We must likewise profess our believing hope and confidence in God, and his all-fufficiency, in his power, provie dence, and promise.
In thee, O God, do we put our trust, let us never be ashamedl; yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed m.
Truly our souls wait upon God; from him cometh our salvation ; he only is our rock and our salvation ;
d Pfalm 1xxiii, 25, 25. e xvi. 5. 6. f Ifa. xxvi. 8, 9: & Psalm xlii.
53: k Psal. lxiii 1, 2, 3, 5. lxxxi. 1.
m xxv. 3.' 1. lxii.
in him is our glory, our strength, and our refuge, and from him is our expectationo
When refuge fails us, and none care for our souls, we ery unto thee, O Lord ; thou art our refuge, and our portion in the land of the living P.
Some trust in chariots, and fome in horfes, but we will remeinber the name of the Lord our God 4. We will trust in thy mercy, O God, for ever and ever, and will wait on thy name, for it is good before thy faints
We have hoped in thy word; remember thy word unto thy fervants, upon which thou hast caused us to hope?.
12 IV a must intreat God's favourable acceptance of us nil our poor performances.
There be many that say, who will show us any good ? but this we say, Lord lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, and that shall put gladness into our hearts, more than they have whole corn and wine encreaseth t. We intreat thy favour with our whole heart", for in this we labour, that whether present or absent we may be accepted of the Lord w.
Hear our prayer, O Lord, give ear to our supplications ; in thy faithfulness answer us x, and be nigh unto us in all that which we call upon thee for y; for thou never faidst to the feed of Facob, Seek ye me in
Thou that hearest the young ravens which cry a, be not filent to us, lest if thou be filent to us, we be like them that go down to the pitb. · Let our prayer be set forth before thee as incense, and the lifting up of our hands be acceptable in thy fight as the evening facrifice .
o Psalm v.
9 XX. 7.
plii. 8, 9. s cxx. 4. 79.
7. v cxix. 58.
W 2 Cor. v.9. x cxliii. 1. y Deut.ir. 7. % Ifa.xlv. 9. La Palm cxlving. b xxviii. 1. c cxli. 2.
13. IVe must beg for the powerful assistance and influence of the bledled Spirit of grace in our prayers.
Lord, we know not how to pray for as we ought, but let thy Spirit help our infirmities, and make interceffion, for us
O pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication e; the Spirit of adoption, teaching
us to cry Abba Father '; that we may find in our hearts to pray this prayer 8.
O fend out thy light and thy truth; let hem lead us, let them guide us to thy holy hill and thy tabernacles; to God, our exceeding joy b.
O Lord, openthou our lips, and our mouth shall show forth thy praise i
14. We must make the glory of God our highest end in all our prayers.
This is that, which thou O Lord, haft said, that thou wilt be sanctified in them that come nigh unto thee, and before all the people thou wilt be glorified k: we therefore worship before thee, O Lord, that we may glorify thy name'; and therefore we call upon thee that thou mayest deliver us, and we may glorify thee
For of thee, and through thee, and to thee are all things ni
15. We must profess our entire reliance on the Lord fcSus Christ alone for acceptance with God, and come in his
We do not present our fupplication before thee for our righteousnesso ; for we are before thee in our trefpaffes p, and cannot stand before thee because of them 9: but we make mention of Christ's righteousness, even of his only, who is the Lord our righteousness r.
We know that even spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God, only thro' Christ Jesus; nor can we hope to
d Rom. viii. 26. e Zech. xi. 10. f Rom. viii. 15. Rom. vii, 27. b Psalm xliii. 3. i li. 15.
k Lev. X. 13. Y Píalm lxxxvi. 9. ml. 15. n Rom. xi. 36. o Dan, ix. 18. p Ezra ix, 15. 9 Psalm lxxi. 36. r Jer. xxiii, 6. 1 1 Pet. ii. s.
receive any thing but what we ark of thee in his name, and therefore make us accepted in the beloved other angel who put much incense to the prayers of saints, and offers them up upon the golden altar before the throne w
We come in the name of the great High-priest, who is pafled into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, who was touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and is therefore able to save to the uttermost all those that come to God by him *, because he ever lives, making intercession y.
Behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed 2 ; in whom thou haft by a voice from heaven declared thyself to be well pleased ; Lord, be well pleased with us in him a.
Of the second part of PRAYER, which is Confession of Sin,
Complaint of ourselves, and humble Profesions of Repentance.
[AVING given glory to God, which is his due, we
must next take shame to ourselves, which is our due, and humble ourselves before him in the fense i of our own finfulness and vileness; and herein also we must give glory to him as our Judge, by whom we deserve to be condemned, and yet lope, through Chrift, to be acquitted and absolved b.
In this part of our work,
1. We must acknowledge the great reason we have to lie very low before God, and to be ashamed of ourselves
t John xvi. 23. u Eph. i. 6.
w Rev. viii, 5. * Heb.iv. 14. y vii. 25. % Psalm lxxxiv. 9. a Mat. iii. 17. b Josh. vii. 19.