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thy judgments which covers me, all self-confidence and self-glory are swallowed up forever!

6. LORD! what is all flesh in thy sight? Shall the clay glory against him that formed it? Can that heart be elated by the vain applause of men, that has felt the blessing of submission to the will of God? The whole world hath not power to exalt that, 'which Truth hath subjected to himself; 'nor can the united praise of every tongue move him, whose hope is' established in thee : for those that utter praise, behold they also are nothing; like those that hear it! they shall both pass away and be lost, as the sound of their own words; but “ the truth of the LORD endureth forcver !"

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CHAP. XI.

THAT OUR DESIRES MUST BE EXPRESSED IN * TERMS OF ABSOLUTE RESIGNATION TO THE DIVINE WILL.

CHRIST. 1. LET this, my son, be the language of all thy requests : "LORD, if it be pleasing' to thee, may this be granted, or that withheld.

LORD, if this tend to thy honour, let it be done in thy name. Lord, if thou seest that this is expedient for me, and will promote my sanctification, then grant it me, and with it grace to use it to thy glory : but if thou knowest it will prove hurtful, and conduce not to the health of my soul, remove far from me my desire.” For every desire that appeareth to man to be 'right and good, is not born from heaven : and it is difficult always to determine truly, whether desire is prompted by the good Spirit of God, or the evil spirit of the enemy, or thy own selfish' spirit, so that many have

found themselves involved in evil, by the suggestions of Satan, or the impulse of self-love, who thought they were under the influence and conduct of The SPIRIT of God.

2. Whatever, therefore, presents itself to the mind as good, let it be desired and asked in the fear of God, and with profound humility ; but especially, with a total resignation of thy own will, refer both the desire itself and the accomplishment of it to me, and say, “ LORD, thou knowest what is best ; let this or that be done, according to thy will. Give me what thou wilt ; and in what measure, and at what time thou wilt. Do with me as thou knowest to be best, as most pleaseth thee, and will tend most to thy hon our. Place me where thou wilt, and freely dispose of me in all things. Lo, I am in thy hands ; do thou. lead and turn me whithersoever thou pleasest : I am thy servant, prepared for all submission and obedi

I desire not to live to myself, but to thee : ( grant it may be truly and worthily !"

DISCIPLE. 3. Send me thy Spirit, most merciful Jesus, " from the throne of thy glory," that it may

be " present with me, and labour with me, and illuminate, sanctify, and bless me forever ! Enable me always to will and desire that which is most dear and accepta, ble to thee. Let thy will be wholly mine : let it reign so powerfully in me, that it may not be possible for me to oppose it, or to like or dislike any thing but what is pleasing or displeasing in thy sight!

4. Enable me to die to the riches and honours, the cares and pleasures of this fallen world, and in imi. tation of thee, and for thy sake, to love obscurity, and to bear contempt. But transcending all I can desire,

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grant that I may rest in thee, and in thy peace possess my soul! Thou art its true peace, thou art its only rest; for, without thee, it is all darkness, disorder, and disquietude. In this peace, O LORD, even in thee, the supreme and everlasting Good, I will“ sleep and take my rest."

CHAP. XII.

THAT TRUE COMFORT IS TO BE FOUND ONLY

IN GOD.

Disciple. 1. WHATEVER I can desire or conceive as essential to my peace, cannot be the production of this world, and in this world I seek not for it. If all the good of the present life was within my reach, and I had both liberty and capacity for its enjoyment, I know that it is not only changeable and evanescent, but is bounded by the grave. Thy full” consolation and perfect delight, therefore, O my soul, are to be found only in God, the comfort of the poor, and the exaltation of the humble. Wait a little while, wait, with patience and resignation, for the accomplishment of the Divine promise which cannot fail, and thou shalt enjoy the plenitude of good in heaven. By the pursuit of earthly and finite good, thou losest that which is celestial and infinite : use this world, therefore, as a pilgrim and a stranger," and make only the next the object of desire.

2. It is impossible thou shouldst be satisfied with temporal good, because thou wert not formed for the enjoyment of it: and though all that the creatures comprehend was in thy possession, thou wouldst still be unblest ; for it is in the Creator, the supreme God alone, that all blessedness consists ; not such as

is extolled and sought after by the foolish lovers of the world; but such as the faithful Christian admires and sighs for ; such as the spiritual and pure in heart, whose “ conversation is in heaven," have sometimes a foretaste of.

3. How vain and transient, is all human comfort ! how substantial and permanent, that which is derived from the Spirit of truth living and ruling in the soul ! The regenerate man continually turneth to Jesys, the comforter within him, and saith, “ Be present with me, LORD JESUS! in all places, and at all times. May I find consolation, in being willing to bear the want of all human comfort. And if thy consolation also be withdrawn, let thy will and righteous probation of me, be to me as the highest comfort: for thou wilt not always chide, neither wilt thou keep thine finger forever !

CHRIST. 4. Son, sufer me always to dispose of thee, according to my will; for that which is most profitable and expedient for thee, is known.only to me. Thy thoughts are the thoughts of a man, and partial affections too often pervert thy judgment.

Disciple. 5. LORD, all thy words are truth! Thy care over me; is infinitely greater than all the care I can take for myself; and his dependence is utterly vain, who casteth not all his care upon

thee. 6. Bring my will, O LORD, into true and unalterable subjection to thine, and do with me what thou pleasest ; for whatever is done by thee, cannot but be good. If thou pourest thy light upon me, and turnest my night into day, blessed be thy name ; and if thou leavest me in darkness, blessed also be thy iname : if thou exaltest me with the consolations of thy Spirit, or humblest the under the afflictions of fallen nature, still may thy holy name be forever blessed!

CHRIST. 6. This absolute resignation, O my son, must be the prevailing temper of thy spirit, if thou wouldst live in union with me : thou must be as ready to suffer, as to rejoice ; as willing to be poor and needy, as to be full and rich.

Disciple. 7. LORD, I will freely suffer, for thy sake, whatever affliction thou' permittest to come upon me : I will indifferently receive from thee, sweet and bitter, joy and sorrow, good and evil; and for all that befalleth me, I will thank the love that prompts the gift, and reverence the hand that confers it. Keep me only from sin, and I will fear neither death nor hell : cast me not off forever, nor blot my name out of the book of life, and no tribulation shall have power to hurt me.

CHAP. XIII.

THAT, IN CONFORMITY TO THE EXAMPLE OF CHEIST, THE MISERIES OF THIS FALLEN LIFE ARE TO BE BORNE WITH PATIENCE AND RESICITATION.

CHRIST. 1. I CAME down from heaven, my son, for thy salvation, and took upon me the miseries of thy sinful nature, not from constraint but love, that thou mightest learn patience, and bear without murmuring the evils of thy fallen state. From the hour of my birth in the flesh, to the hour of my expiration on the the cross, I found no intermission of sorrow: I felt the extreme want of the necessaries of life ; I heard the continual murmurings of the world against me in silence, and bore with meekness its reproach and

my benefits were treated with ingratitude,

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