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2 Doct.

when it keepeth a Sabbath of reft unto the service of God, as appeareth in the Psalme, for the day wherein the Church doth Pfal.92, consider the justice and mercie of God.

Our idle and wandring thoughts runne all the world over in vain imaginations, we could not bestow then better then in sweet contemplation of the works of God here in the government of the World.

We are taught also when we behold these things to pray to God, for prayer being a conference with God, we cannot offend him in any thing that we shall say out of fear and faith. I his duty is by God commanded, he hath directed it, he hath promised his Spirit to helpe us in it, hee hath made many promises to them that use it aright, and it is here prescribed as a sovereign remedy against affliction to yse it, for it is fitted for the use of the Church in captivity in Babylon.

This prayer being made for the use of the Church, as we have said, we are taught.

That thre amitions of this life cannot separate the society of the faithful, but that even in exile, they will affemble together, to do service to their God, and therein also to comfort one another.

i The reason is in respect of themselves, the faithfull are one body, and the ligaments and bonds of their communion are love and peace, therefore much water cannot put out this fire of charity, neither can the flouds drown it; fo afflictions are in Scripture resembled in flouds and waters.

12. In regard of the service, they know it to be a debt from them, an honour to God, and though each of them in severall may do it, yet when a Congregation meeteth together, their conjoyned zeal is like a bonefire , for every ones zeaf enfiameth another.

What needed the faithful else to seek out corners and private places to assemble in in the times of perfecution for their devotion, if single and feverall persons, had been either fo fervent in it self, or so acceptable with God: so that before persecution ceased, they began to build Oratories for their meetings.

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Therefore, though some do separate from our society, others tarıy with us to disturbe our peace, fome cry out against the use of our Churches, let us thank God, that we have liber-) ty of Religion, and places to meet in, to serve our God: and let us not neglect the fociety of the Church. Ecce quam bonum,

quum jucundum: Behold, how good, and pleasant a thing it is to see one holy congregation set upon God by prayer.

This prayer made for the use of the Church, doth teach, that let prayers are both lawfull and necessary to be used by the faithfuli; both in their private and publique meetings.

And this is proved by these examples in holy Scripture.

God himselfe prescribed to the Priests a fet form of bles-
sing the people, which they constantly used, for God said to
them.
Thus shall

ye blesse the children of Israel, and say unto them.
The Lord blesse thee and keep thee.
The Lord make his face shine upon thee,and be mercifull unto thee.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
The 92. Pfal. is called a Pfalm for the Sabbath.

The 102. Psal. is a prayer for the articted when he is over-
whelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord.

Hezekiah the King and the Princes commanded the Levitesto praise the Lord with the words of David, and of Afaph the Seer; which is the 136. Pfal.

This was also used by Jehoshapht.

And in the Gospel the Disciples came to Christ and told him, that John had taught his Disciples to pray, and desired him to teach them, and he taught them the Lords Prayer, which doth imply, in the judgment of the best learned, that John had taught his Disciples a set form.

The reasons are first for hlep of the inrmities of such as have good affections in them but cannot so well'express them that they may be directed, left they should utter any thing rashly of themselves.

For thus the fpirit helpeth their infirmities, by those who'

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can dired them, and in themselves using these set formes.

This much advanceth the service of God, when men hefore hand have their petitions drawn, and shall need nothing but zeal and faith in the delivering thereof to God.

Herein we are like to poore petitioners that come to the King, who not trusting themselves with their own suites, do get some wiser than themselves to set down their mindes, and then they have nothing to do but to importune the Soverreign Majesty of the King to hear them, and to grant their • requests. This ferveth for the maintenance of Unanimity, the Con

3 gregation knowing before they meet, what they shall aske at che hands of God; it resteth that they bring affections fit to joyn one with another in fupplications

This maintainieth outward Uniformity, when the whole Congregation joyn together in an outward worship, and service of God.

This admonisheth Us.
i To take it for a great bleffing of God that he hath pro-

vse. vided these helps for our weaknesse.

2 It Theweth us that God for our good doth so labour to fit us to his fervice, as that he is pleased that one of us be helpfull to another therein.

3. It reproveth those who out of a presumption and overweening of the graces of God in themselves, do not onely despise those helps themselves, buč disgrace them in others: in which number we may reckon all the depravers of our Church prayers.

4 Here the prayer of the Prophet is used.

This teacheth that the fittest persons to be used for dire&i- 4 Doet. on of devotion are the Prophets, and A postles, and Ministers of the word.

The reason is, because they are the most fit to speak to God for us, and to teach us how to speak to him, who are lét apart to speak to us för God, and to inftrud us from him. Thefe are the Philitians of our fouls, and should best

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Therefore, though some do separate from our society, o-
thers tarry with us to disturbe our peace, fome cry out against
the use of our Churches, let us thank God, that we have liber-)
ty of Religion, and places to meet in, to serve our God: and
let us not neglect the fociety of the Church. Ecce quàm bonum,
a quim jucundum: Behold, how good, and pleasant a thing
it is to see one holy congregation set upon God by prayer.

This prayer made for the use of the Church, doth
teach, that sec prayers are both lawfull and necessary to be
used by the faithfull; both in their private and publique meet-
ings.
And this is proved by these examples in holy Scripture.

God himselfe prescribed to the Priests a set form of bles-
sing the people, which they constantly used, for God said to
then.
Thus shall

ye blejse the children of Israel, and say unto them.
The Lord blesse thee and keep thee.
The Lord make his face shine

upon thee, and be mercifull unto thee.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
The 92. Psal. is called a Pfalm for the Sabbath.

The 102. Psal. is a prayer for the affliated when he is over-
whelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord.

Hezekiah the King and the Princes commanded the Levitesto
praise the Lord with the words of David, and of Afaph the Seer;
which is the 1'36. Pfal.
This was also used by Jehofhapht

.
And in the Gospel the Disciples came to Christ and told
him, that John had taught his Disciples to pray, and desired
him to teach them, and he taught them the Lords Prayer,
which doth imply, in the judgment of the best learned, that
John had taught his Disciples a set form.

The reasons are first for hlep of the inrmities of such as
have good affe&tions in them but cannot so well'express them
that they may be directed; left they should utter any thing
rashly of themselves.

For thus the spirit helpeth their infirmities, by those who'

2 Chron. 29.30.

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can direct them, and in themselves using these set formes.

This much advanceth the service of God, when men he-
fore hand have their petitions drawn, and shall need nothing
but zeal and faith in the delivering thereof to God.

Herein we are like to poore petitioners that come to the
King, who not trusting themselves with their own suites, do
get some wiser than themselves to set down their mindes, and
then they have nothing to do but to importune the Sover-
reign Majesty of the King to hear them, and to grant their •
requests.
This ferveth for the maintenance of Unanimity, the Con-

3 gregation knowing before they meet, what they shall aske at che hands of God; it resteth that they bring affections fit to joyn one with another in supplications.

This maintainieth outward Uniformity, when the whole
Congregation joyn together in an outward worship, and
fervice of God..
This admonitheth Us.
To take it for a great bleffing of God that he hath pro-

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. vided these helps for our weakneffe.

2 It sheweth as that God for our good doth fo labour to fit us to his service, as that he is pleafed that one of us be helpfull to another therein.

3 It reproveth those who out of a presumption and overWeening of the graces of God in themfelves, do not onely despise those helps themselves, but disgrace them in others: in which number we may reckon all the depravers of our Church prayers.

4 Here the prayer of the Prophet -is used.

This teacheth that the fittest persons to be used for directi- 4 Do£t. on of devotion are the Prophets, and Apostles, and Ministers of the word. · The reason is, because they are the most fit to speak to God for us, and to teach us how to speak to him, who are let apart to speak to us för God and to inftru& us from him. These are the Philitiass of our fouls, and thould best

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