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to the church--háth prepared his throne in the hea yens, and his dominion ruleth over all, to bring about the fulfilment of liis promises, and to give the rewards of his righteousness to his servants, and to them that fear him, both small and great ; which he will give according to their works, Hebrews vi. 10. " for God is not unrighteous to forget your work, and labour of love, which ye have shewed to his name, in that ye have ministered to the faints, and do minister.”

If it be objected, that infants have no works,-it may be answered, infants have suffered for Christ. Witness those of Bethlehem, and all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under. See the gracious notice the Holy Ghost takes of them, Jeremiah xxxi. 16, 17., 66 thus faith the Lord, refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears ; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord, and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, faith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border,”-that is, at the resurrection of the just, to reign with Christ, as they had suffered on his account. He likewise takes notice of all the contempt cast on the children of such as cleave to his truth and ways, in which they share with their parents for his name's fake; and will say, as in another case,“ inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye did it unto me,” ist of Thessalonians, i. 6,7.“ feeing it is a righteous thing with God to 'recompence tribulation to them who trouble you ; and to you who are troubled, rest with us; when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.”

I say, in view of his ruling over all, and bringing about these things, every believer is constrained to fay, " bless the Lord, ó my soul.” The time is coming, when the redeemed of the Lord will all say fo, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; and gathered them out of the lands, from

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if we cannot; and so to wish we were like them, making idols of them to the neglect of the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.) Thus we find who is spoken of in the first Pfalm, nanely, the subject of all the Psalms. « Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor fiteth in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night ;''-which agrees with Psalm xl. 8. 6 I delight to do thy will ; thy law is within my heart ;''and with sundry passages in John's gospel-" I do always those things that please the Father.--I have kept the Father's commandment:--My meat and drink is to do the will of him that fent me, and to finish his work, &c.”—and with many passages in the cxix. Pfalm; as verses 14, 15, 16." I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies as much as in all riches. I will ineditate in thy precepts. I will delight myself in thy statutes. (verse 24.) thy teftimonies are my delight. (verse 77:) thy law is my delight. (verse 97.) O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day,”; &c. &c. this whole Psalm being fo expreflive of his perfect conformity to the law of God, and refraining from every evil way in thought, word, and deed, that it cannot properly be applied to David, nor to any mere mortal man. To the same purpose is Plalm xviii. see verses 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. " the Lord rewarded me according to my righteouf ness, and according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompenfed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his ftatutes from me. I was also upright before him; and kept ”myself from mine iniquity. Therefore hathi the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eye-light,

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* See also Plalm xl. 12.

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