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fires shall be fully satisfied; where we Thall see our Lord and Saviour in his glory, and feast our eyes with the fight of his perfections; yea, where we hall be ravished with the fight of God himself, and Thall drink of the pleasures that streanı from the light of his countenance.
And, after all these things in the world to come, we should strive to stir up the longings of our foul; we should defire to be in heaven, and should thirst after thofe eternal pleafures; and to pass from this dark glass, and this veil of the sacraments, to the clear light and enjoyment of God himself.
FINALLY, and in the conclusion, We should give God thanks for there great favours, for the hopes of his glory, for the tastes which he gives us beforehand, for all the fruits of his Son's death, and the earnests we have of the eternal inheritance. And indeed who can sufficiently praise his divine Majesty? The tongues of angels fall Thort in uttering of his goodness; and we become dumb, the more we endeavour to
speak of it. The highest of our praises is Hümbly and affectionately to acknowledge, that we cannot sufficiently praise him; the greatest of our endeayours is daily to admire him ; the furthest we can strain our fouls, is to long for eternity, wherein it may be our employment to admire and praise him for ever.
In therefore end the whole in those words of the Pfalmist; Bless the Lord, ye angels of his, which excel in strength; that do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his words. Bless the Lord, all ye bofts; ye ministers of his that do his pleafure. Bless the Lord all his works in ali places of his dominion. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul.
S E R MON XXV.
Sacrament: Behaviour after receiving:
(From Bishop PATRICK’s Mensa Mystica.]
I cor, xv. 58.
fast, unmoveable, always abounding in
having begun well, we should continue in the same path of duty and obedience, and never swerve therefrom during the course of our lives. And he lays before us one of the strongest motives in the world for so doing; namely, because we know that our labour in that kind shall not be in vain in the Lord.
...Which advice of the apostle falls with
a peculiar weight and force upon our minds, at those folemn seasons when we have been receiving the holy sacrament: Tber it becomes us more efpecially to renew our resolutions of constancy and perfeverance, that having advanced so far in our duty, we may not, by falling away afterwards, lose the reward of all that we have done.
Therefore I shall take occafion from hence, at this time, to confider, what behaviour becomes us, after we have received the facrament of the Lord's fupper ; fo as that we may enjoy the benefits thereby intended us, and that our labour may not be in vain in the Lord. And the
I Thing to be done herein, is this; Not immediately to take of our thoughts from this action; but fpend as much as we can of the remaining part of the day, in acts of love and delight, of tbanksgiving and praise, to God for his favours.
We ought to exercise ourselves in admiring his love' and kindnefs to us; and to
VOL. IV. Hh converse converfe with him about the affairs of our fouls; to lay before him the secrets of qur hearts, acquaint him with all our Wants: and weakpesses, spread before him all our desires, and earnestly intreat him to make his abode with us. ;, .' .
We should endeavour to fasten the covenant that is between us, still the closer and Itronger; and should be afraid of going presently into the world again, left it should he loosed and diffolved:
We hould pass that day at least in heas? venly conversation with him, in exprefsjons of our love and affection towards him, in acts of desire after inseparable union with him, and in promises and resolutions that we will always be faithful and obedient ta him.
We (hould praise him for his kindness, extol the riches of his goodness, shew forth our love unto him, and crave his pardon for our follies, and intreat him not to be offended at us. S
And in truth, there is no exercise more proper upon every.Lord's day, than that,of giving thanks and praises unto God, for: