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Formerly Published by his Grace, F0HN
The Second Edition.
LONDON, Printed for Brab. Aylmer; And Sold
by ROYSTON MERE DIT H; at the Star in
The Consideration of
our latter End.
PSALM XG12. So teach us to funiber den days,
that we may apply our bearts
unto wisdom. When "T HIS Psalm is upon seve
ral peculiar accompts very remarkable; for its an
tiquity, in which it perhaps doth not yeild to any parcel of Scripture ; for the eminency of its Authour, Moses the Man of God; the greatest of the ancient Prophets ( most in favour, and ( as it were ) most intimate with God :) 'Tis also remarkable for the form and matter thereof, both affording much usefull instruction. In it we have a great Prince, the Governour of a numerous People sequestring his Mind from the management of pub lick Affairs to private Meditations ; from beholding the present outward appearances, to considering the real nature and secret causes of things; In the midst of all the Splendour and Pomp, of all the stir and tumult about him he observes the frailty of humane condition, he discerns the Providence of God juftly ordering all; this he does not onely in way of wise confideration, but of serious devotion, moulding his observations into pious acknowledgments, and earnest Prayers to God; thus while he cafts one eye upon Earth viewing the occurrences there, lifting up the other to Heaven ; there seeing God's all-governing Hand, thence seeking his gracious Favour and Mercy. Thus doth here that great and
good Man teach us all, (more particularly men of high Eftate, and much Business to find opportuni ties of withdrawing their thoughts from those things, which commonly amuse them (the Cares, the Glories, the Pleasures of this World) and fixing them upon matters more improvable to devotion; the tranfitoriness of their Condition, and their subjection to God's just Providence ; joining also to these Meditations sutable acts of Religion, due acknowledgments to God and humble Prayers. This was his practice among the greatest encumbrances that any Man could have; and it should also be ours. Of those his devotions, addressed to God, the Words are part, which I have chofen for the subject of my meditati, on and present discourse; concerning the meaning of which I shall first touch fomewhat; then propound that observable in them, which I design to insist upon.