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I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. Because
thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the
Lord, &c. 2 Kings xxii. &, 19. The priests, probably to save themselves the trouble of writing, and
the people of reading the book at large, had furnished themselves with abstracts of the law, leaving out, or slightly mentioning, some parts thereof, and particularly the threatenings; which Josiah was so much affected with, as being new to him. The book of God's law seems in our day to be lost; a sealed book to most of the congregations that profess themselves Christians; imperfect accounts of it are given, which hide the promised blessings and threatened curses of God. When this book by spiritual light is found, and on reading, or hearing thereof, conviction reaches the conscience, it is a great instance of God's favour, a token for good, and must be faithfully acknowledged as such. Reader, Art thou truly apprehensive of the weight of God's wrath, and solicitous to obtain his favour? Seek then earnestly, upon thy knees and in the house of the Lord, redemption from the curses of the law; pray that Jesus may be revealed to thee; the blood of the Lamb of God alone can take away the guilt of sin; having found the law, rest not till thou find the gospel also, and arrive at a comfortable assurance thine interest in its blessings. Josiah's heart was tender, he wept,
as encouraged; follow his sorrow, and thou wilt partake of his
gs; and make the law of God thy delight and counsellor. precious word of God is hid, | But when the Spirit light imparts, r sealed everywhere;
'Tis found and read with care,
Draw me, we will run after thee. The king hath brought me into his
chambers; we will be glad and rejoice in thee ; we will remember thy -- love more than wine : the upright love thee. Song i. 4. In thee the · fatherless findeth mercy. Hosea xiv. 3.
The needle's point in the seaman's compass never stands still, but
quivers and shakes till it comes right against the north pole: The wise men of the east never rested till they were right against the star which appeared unto them; and the star itself never stood still till it came right against that other Star, which shone more brightly in the manger than the sun did in the firmament: And Noah's dove could find no rest for the sole of her foot all the while she was fluttering over the flood, till she returned to the ark with an olive branch in her mouth: So the heart of every true Christian, which is the turtle dove of Jesus Christ, can find no rest all the while she is hovering over the waters of this world, till, with the silver wings of a dove and the olive branch of faith, it flies to Jesus the true Noah and rest of our souls, who puts forth his hand out of the ark, and taking the dove in, receiveth it to himself. In vain I seek for rest
It leaves me still unblest,
And makes me cry for God.
What think ye of Christ? Matt. xxii. 42.
ANDought we not to put this question to our souls, when our happiness 4for ever depends upon him, and when without him we are undone to eternity ? How ought we then to think of the Lord Jesus Christ? Surely, as the Scripture represents him to be," the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely.”-We ought to think of him in his person as the great God incarnate; in his work and his offices, as the Sa. viour of Israel: We ought to think of him as one, in whom justice is satisfied, love and righteousness are manifested, and sinners are saved. O how highly have God's people ever thought of Christ Jesus! And how exultingly do the saints now in Heaven think of lim! But what think we of Christ, when burdened with sin, when oppressed with af. fliction? When we cannot entertain a good thought of ourselves, can we then think of Christ as highly as heretofore? Alas! how very weak is our faith at the best! Lord, strengthen our faith, inflame our love, enlarge our views, support us in trials, guide us by thy counsels, and receive us into glory, that we may sing thy praise to all eternity. Amen.
Of Christ we cannot think and sing
Until we taste his grace ;
| Then he is all in every thing,
Peace, strength, and righteousness.
Our conversation, or our citizenship, is in Heaven. Phil. iii. 20.
Therefore rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven. Luke x. 20. And set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. Col. iii. 2.
A CHRISTIAN being only a traveller through the world, müšt expect ** a traveller's fare; bad roads sometimes, bad weather, and bad accommodations; but since his journey's end and city is Heaven, all his actions, sufferings, prayers, trade, and conversation turn that way. O Lord, grant that mine eyes may be always fixed upon this mark, so as to regulate all my designs and doings accordingly! asking myself in every thing, whether it be fit for Heaven, and agreeable to the mind of the heavenly Bridegroom, and to the manners of the hea venly citizens !
Lord, bid my soul fly up and run
Thro' ev'ry heav'nly street ;
That's worthy of thy feet.
And tread the courts-above:
Shall tempt our meanest love.
The glorious tenants of the place
Stand bending round the throne;
The infinite Three-Oné.
That joyful hour appear,
To dwelt amongst them there?
To Him gave all the prophets witness, that through his name, whosocuer
believeth in him, shall receive remission of sins. Acts x. 43; and iv. 12. This name is us ointment poured forth, the fulness of all grace. Cant. i. 8. It is a strong tower : the righteous runnet h into įt, and is safe. Prov. xviii. 10.
In this name we should draw nigh to the Father in prayer, and not * approach him with a strange fire of our own, kindled from the fancied merit of devotion ; and he will draw nigh to us again. James iv. 8. He will certainly grant qur petitions, “and we shall receive, that our joy may be full”? John xvi. 24, For the Lord is good, and ready to forgive, and plentéous in mercy unto all them that call upon him” (Psalm lxxxvi. 5); and all these promises are Yea and Amen in Christ ; so that every believer may say, “ The Lord will receive my prayer." Psalm vi. 9. Blessed be God, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me:" for “ he hath dealt bountifully with me.“ Psalm ļxvi. 20; and xiii. 6.
Lift up your eyes to th' heav'nly seat,
Where your Redeemer stays; Kind Intercessor! there he sits;
And loves, and pleads, and prays. Petitions now, and praise may rise,
And saints their off'rings bring i
1 The priest with his own sacrifice
Presents theni to the King.
Up to the Father's throne :
And sweetens ev'ry groan.