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up after him the daily Sacrifices of our most joyful Thanksgivings? The Royal Psalmist, to encourage our gratitude, becomes our Præcentor, he puts his triumphant Songs into our Mouth, and
goes before us in the most elegant P PS. 47. Strains of Devotion and Fancy. P God
(says he)is gone up with a merry Noise, and the Lord with the sound of the 'Trumpet. Othen sing Praises, fing
Praises, fing Praises unto our God: 0 • fing Praises,ling Praises unto our King. ' For God is the King of all the Earth:
Sing ye Praises with Understanding. 'God reigneth over the Heathen; God (fitteth upon his Holy Seat. The Princes of the People are join'd unto the
People of the God of Abraham. 9 And 9 Pf. 68. in another place, Thou art gone up on
' high, thou hast led Captivity Captive, 6 and received Gifts for Men ; yea, even for thine Enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them
them Praised (therefore) be the Lord daily: Even the God who helpech us, and poureth « his Benefits upon us,
He is our God, 'even the God, of whom cometh Sal. óvation: God is the Lord, by whom we escape Death.
2. Since our Lord is ascended up on high,since he has led Captivity Captive, and gives his Gifts unto Men, we have all imaginable Reason not to be troubled, or afraid, but in all the most difficult Circumstances of our Lives unfeignedly to rejoice. For are we in danger of our Enemies? Alas! what Enemies can hurt us, when we have fo gracious and mighty a Protector? He who rode upon the Clouds to Heaven, is our help and refuge; and can (if he sees it necessary, or for his own Glory, and our good) rain down Fire and Brimstone upon the Heads of all that
Do our manifold Sins and Wickednesses affright and terrify us ? We have now an Intercessor at the right Hand of the Father, an Advocate even in his Bosom, Jesus Christ the Righteous, and he is the Propitiation for our Sins. He continually presents to his Father the merit of his Death and Passion, shews him the print of the Thorns in his Sacred Head, his Hands and Feet bor'd through with Nails, and his Sides pierc'd with the Spear, and thereby pacifies his Wrath, and reconciles him to repenting Sinners. Are we destitute of
Necessaries to sustain our Lives? as long as he fees fit to continue us in this State, he will not fail, in his due time, to send down a gracious Rain upon his Inheritance, and to refresh it, when it is weary. The Lord is my Shepherd, may every faithful Christian say, therefore can I lack nothing: He will feed me in the green Pastures, and daily lead me forth by the Waters of Comfort. Lastly, do we stand in need of such Graces as are requisite for our Christian Cal. ling? Out of his fulness (if we ask of him in Faith) shall we all receive, and Grace for Grace, χάριν αντί χάριτς. Grace enough of his mere Bounty to prepare our Souls for Heaven, and to render them acceptable to himself and to his Holy Father at their coming thither.
3. Is our Lord ascended up into the highest Heaven, and there reigns over the bright Companies of his Saints and Angels in Majesty and Glory? Let us then seek those things that are above, where Christ thus sits at the right Hand of God. Let us fet our Affections on things above, not on things on the Earth. We are Pilgrims and Strangers
here, as all our Fathers were, We belong to another Country, are Citizens of Heaven, Fellow-Citizens with the Saints, and of the Houshold of God. God (saysSt. Paul) hath quickned us to-Eph.2.5. gether with Christ, and hath rais’d us up together, and made us fit together in Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus. We sit in the Heavenly Mansions already (you see) in Christ our Head, and we shall hereafter, in our own Persons, be seated by him there, when he shall be glorify'd in all his Saints. "I go (says he sFobn 14. to his disconfolate Disciples) to prepare 3. a place for you, and will come again, and receive you unto my self, that where I am, there ye may be also. Let us then (I fay) elevate our Thoughts above the trilling, insignificant Concerns of this World, and by Pious Meditations and Holy Affections, afcend and dwell with our triumphing Saviour. Let our Conversation be in Heaven, always such, as becomes the Disciples of the Holy and Immortal Jesus, the Sons of the Living God, and the Heirs of his everlasting Kingdom. Let us make our Garments white and clean, cleanse our felves from all the filthiness of Flesh and Spirit, and perfect Holiness in the fear of God, that
+ Tit 2.13: at the glorious Appearance tró ueyáno
Θες και ΣωτηρG- ημών Ιησε Χρις 8, of our great God' and Saviour Jesus Chrift, when he shall fulfil his Blessed Promise, and come again to receive his faithful Followers unto himself, we may not fall short of our Expectation and Hope, but be exalted by him unto the fame place, whither he now is gone before, there to reign with him, World without end, in Happiness and Glory. Amen.