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thee. He has encouraged thee to place
the whole weight of thy falvation upon
the work of Jesus, who is Immanuel,
the creator and the supporter of all worlds,
visible and invisible. Trust in bim, and
be not afraid : For he is almighty to save,
And he has given thee his infallible pro-
mises to satisfy thee, that in him thou art
safe from all thy sins and from all thing
enemies. O how eftablishing are his own
words! Thus he speaketh to thee
* Whosoever comech unto me, and hear.
¢ eth my sayings, and doeth them, I will
“ fhew you to whom he is like : He is
u like a man, who built an house, and
16 digged deep, and laid the foundation
« on a rock, and when the food arose,
«.the stream beat vehemently upon that
“ house, and could not fhake it : For ic
6 was founded upon a rock.” How hap.
py is thy state! Thou art come to him ac
his bidding, thou haft heard his sayings,
and art doing them in faith : Survey thy
fafety and bless the Lord. Thou art the
wife man, who builds on a foundation
contrived by infinite wisdom, and sup-
ported by almighty power : 5 Behold,
6 says the Father, I lay in Sion for a
“ foundation, a stone, a tried ftone, &c.".
The Father chose his co-equal Son, on


. whom he would build his; he is therefore called an ele£t foundation; and sure, as sure as God can make it, his will and word, his arm and love secure the foundation and every thing built upon it. Try it again and again, and thou wilt find how sure it is. This is another of its divine excellencies--it is a tried foundation, none ever built on it and were confounded. Believers have made trial of it in every age, and it always answered their hopes : Indeed how could it fail them? For the divine architect has so ftrengthened every part of his structure, that the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. How precious then is this foundation! “ To them that believe he is preos cious." All the beauties and pleasures in heaven and earth are to be found in his fulness, and in the creature only as a drop out of the ocean. Unsearchable riches are his : Soare eternal glories. Blessed is the man who is living upon this fulness: While he is receiving out of it grace for grace, o how precious is Jesus ! especially while he is hoping to receive out of the same fulness the glory that is to be revealed : For 'he shall not be difappointed of his hope; becaufe 6 the 5 righteous hath an everlasting founda

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kept there by the power of God. · thrice happy believer. Again thy mercies-see how many-how,

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laved by the Lord ? The Fathine with all his love. The Son nine with all his salvation. The holy " is thine in all his offices, to com

to Itrengthen, and to fanctify thee,

ad thee safe by his council, till he ing thee unto glory. And this is also che with its richest blessings-eternal

e is the free gift of God to thee through Jelus Christ thy Lord. O what has God done for thee! saved from deserved dea

ruction, and faved with such a falvaton, so wrought out for thee, so secured

to thee, and for ever, what could God al olemas do more? Now, thou hast learned the

lubject of praise, and canst make sweet red melody with these words—“I waited paBir Pe tiently for the Lord and he inclined

"unto me, and heard my cry: He
" brought me up also out of the hor- ,

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* fong in my mouth, even praise unco « our God.” None can learn this new fong, except he be redeemed from the carth-a saved finner, delivered from the pit of corruption, and finding his feet fet faft upon the rock of salvation fings it from experience. He feels what he fings. His heart and mouth go together in bleffing the Lord his God. Now he wants no comment upon the pfalms of praise. He is taught them by the holy Spirit, and can sing them with delight. A grateful sense of the divine favors freely conferred upon him keeps him in tune, humble and thankful. And this is the right frame of mind to offer up the sacrifice of praise, with which God is well pleased. He ac cepts it from faints and angels round the throne, and he accepts it also from us, when we prefent it in their fpirit. The humbleft upon earth pay him the highest service, as he declares- Whofo offer « eth praise glorifieth me."

Reader, is this thine experience ? Doft thou fing psalms, and didst thou learn to, fing them in this way? Waft thou enabled by faith to love God in Christ, and art thou now blessing him with a rejoicing heart? Is his glory the end and aim of all thy services? If it be, (but beware of


I mistakes) then thou art accepted in Jesus,

and so are thy fongs. May thy delight in finging them increase. I wish to be a helper of thy joy, and to that end let us take a short review of the subject. Thou wilt see the graces needful for singing of psalms, and if thou findest God has bestowed them upon thee, then make use of them: Offer up through Jesus Christ thy sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of thy lips, giving thanks

to his name. -? 1. Dost thou understand the subject of Es the book of psalms, and enter into it in

singing? Dost thou see the praises of Immanuel celebrated throughout, and canst thou take up the words and sing them with melody in thy heart? Being one with Jesus by faith, and a partaker of his fulness, thou wilt see a new glory in the psalms; for thou wilt read thine own interest in all that Christ is and has, and wilt make use of it too, receiving from him grace for grace. This will inspire thy soul with warm devotion to the Lord Christ, and will lead thee greatly to prize this blessed book. Thou wilt delight to

2. Study the scripture names of ir. Dost thou attend to them? Have they their proper weight with thee, so as to

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