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ed therefore to cast in my lot among them, and to have the same portion. The sweet language of Ruth to Naomi, exactly speaks the feelings of my heart : . Intreat me not 10 leave thee : or to return from following after thee : for whither thou goest I will go, and where thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God. Where thou diest will I die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.'
My mind had been much exercised through the night, in reflections upon what I had seen and heard at the Prayer-meeting. And the morning had but just opened upon the earth, when I arose to prayer and meditation. There is somewhat peculiarly solemn in the first dawn of day, before the noisy world is risen. It very powerfully calls the soul to deyotion.
• Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet With charms of earliest birds.'
I felt the influence, and having bowed the knee before the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,' I entered upon the meditation of the subject, which had engaged my attention so much the preceding evening. The more I con sidered it, the more I stood convinced, that there is a seed in the earth, which the Lord hath distinguished from the world. And I felt no less conviction also, that it is divine grace alone which makes all the difference between him that serveth the Lord, and him that seryeth him not. But that I should be the object of his grace, when I sought it not, nor was even con, scious of the want of it: here appeared the greatest mystery!
I found my eyes overflowing in the contemplation of such unmerited goodness of my God towards me; and was lost in the thought, when a call at the door roused me from my meditation. It was the Traveller, whom I have before mentioned, who had kindly introduced me to the Prayer-meeting, and who was come to inquire what were my sentiments concerning it: and to offer me that assistance which I had requested of him at our first interview.
I very frankly opened my whole heart to him upon the subject, and hesitated not to tell him, how much I felt interested in what I had heard ; and particularly in the case of one who had spoken, from the similarity of his experience to my own. How, or when, (I said,) or by what means the Lord hath begun the work of
grace in my heart, I know not : but like the poor man wè read of in the Gospel, I trust I can say, that whereas I was blind, now I see.' It is, indeed, but a confused and ill-formed view of things, which I have at present, in looking at the bright objects of divine truth. I see but indistinctly, men as trees walking. Yet, I cannot but hope, that He who hath graciously touched mine eyes, will touch them again, and make me see clearly.'
• Doubt not, (replied the Traveller,) the divine faithfulness. The earnest of the Spirit' becomes no less the earnest of the promised inheritance*.' And an Apostle says, “we may be confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in us, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.' As nothing, under divine grace, will tend to open your apprehensions more clearly to the truth as it is in Jesus,' than the possessing right notions of the Covenant of Grace, on which the whole system of the Gospel is founded; I have brought with me a sermon, written upon the subject, and which, according to my conception, places the doctrine in the plainest point of view possible. If it be agreeable, (he added,) I will read it to you.
Compare 2 Cor. v. 5, with Ephes. i. 13. 14.
Nothing,' (I answered,) can be more desirable to me.'--He accordingly took it from his pocket, and read as follows:
Isaiah lv. 3.
THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID.'
It was a very sweet note, which God the Holy Ghost put into the mouth of his servant the prophet, when commanding him to proclaim salvation in the mountain of Israel ; when He called it an everlasting covenant, even the sure mercies of David.' In nothing did th LORD more consult the wants and happiness of His people, than in folding the Gospel up under such a cover, and marking it by such distinguishing characters
Tell me, my brother, do you not feel a very high gratification in the consciousness, that salvation is not a work of yesterday, but founded on that everlasting love,' wherewith the LORD hath • loved his people ?'
Besides ; an everlasting covenant naturally connects with itself all those properties which are necessary to its completion and design. There must be included in it everlasting wis. dom to guide, everlasting counsel to direct, everlasting strength to secure, and everlasting faithfulness to make good all its promises. Every attribute stands engaged in its estab- .', lishment; and it is the consolation of the true believer in Christ, that all the perfections of Jehovah are pledged for the accomplishment of that purpose,
• which was purposed in Christ Jesus before the world began.' The
sure mercies of David,' imply as much to make them sure. Nothing new to God can ever arise to counteract the divine purposes concerning them. Neither can any one cir. cumstance occur, for which provision is not al. ready made. In the everlasting covenant, God himself is the only contracting party. Jeho vah answers both for himself, and for his peo
"I will: and they shall.' Such is the language of it.
Tell me once more, my brother, doth not this consideration also very highly gratify you 1? You see, that as nothing of inerit on your part could have given birth to a covenant which is from everlasting to everlasting: so nothing now of demerit shall arise to defeat its operation, which can owe nothing to you.
The subject opened to our meditation in these 'Words of the Prophet leads to the most delight