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the midst of thee, saith the Lord. Ch. ix. 9. Ps. xvi. 8, 9, 11.-xlvi. 4, 5.-xlviii. 2. Isa. xii. 6. Zeph. iii. 14 to 20.

C. God's love and care for his people, a cause of joy. Song i. 4. We will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine.

Ps. xxxv. 27. Let them shout for joy and be glad, let them say continually the Lord be magnified, who taketh pleasure in the prosperity of his servants.

CI. God's mercy a cause of joy. Ps. xxxi. 7. I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy, thou hast considered my trouble, thou hast known my soul in adversity. Ps. li. 8, 9, 12.-lxxxv. 6, 7.

CII. Help and strength from God a cause of joy. Neh. i. 10. The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Ps. xvi. 8. Because the Lord is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Ver. 9. Therefore my heart is glad.

xxviii. 7. The Lord is my strength, and my shield, my heart trusted in him, and I am helped, therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth.

CIII. Salvation from God against enemies a cause of joy. 1 Sam.ii. 1. My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies, because I rejoice in thy salvation.

Ps. ix. 14. I will rejoice in thy salvation. Ps. xiii. 5.—xxxv. 9. cxviii. 15. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous. Ps. xxi. 1.

Luke i. 47. My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

CIV. God's vengeance upon his and his people's enemies,cause of rejoicing. Deut. xxxii. 43. Rejoice, O ye nations with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

Ps. xlviii. 11. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. Ver. 97. 8.

Iviii. 10. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance, he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. Job xxii. 19. CV. Rejoice in God's word. Ps. xix. 9. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.

cxix. 14. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

Ver. 111. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Ver. 77, 92, 174.

Jer. xv. 16. Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my


1 John i. 4. These things I write unto you that your joy may be full. The word was received with joy. Acts ii. 14.-viii. 8.—xiii. 48. 1 Thess: i. 6.

CVI. Joy in God's providential government. 1 Chr. xvi. 31. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations the Lord reigneth.

Ps. ix. 2. I will be glad and rejoice in thee.

Ver. 4. Thou sattest in the throne judging right.

Ver. 8 He will judge the world in righteousness.

Ixvii. 4. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

Ps. lxxxix. 12. Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. Ver. 14. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne. xcvi. 10. Say among the heathen, the Lord reigneth, the world shall be stablished, that it shall not be moved; he shall judge the people righteously.

Ver. 11. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad.

Ver. 13. For the Lord shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. Ps. xcviii. 4, 9.

: Ps. xcvii. 1. The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice, let the multitude of the isles be glad.

Ver. 2. Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne,

Rev. xix. 6. The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Ver. 7. Let us be glad and give honour to him. See Ps. civ. 34. -cvii. 42.-cxlii. 9.

CVII. Temporal deliverances of God's church, a cause of joy. See the deliverances of the Jews from the Egyptians. Exod. xviii. 9, 10. Ps, lxvi. 6. cv. 43.-cvi. 5.

Their deliverance from captivity. Ps. xiv. 7.-cxxvi. 3.

CVIII. Spiritual blessings conferred on the church, a cause of rejoicing. Isa. ix. 3. They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest. Ver. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given. Ch. lv. 4, 12. Zech. ix. 9. See rejoicing in Christ.

xii. 2. The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song, he is also become my salvation.

Ver. 3. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. Ver. 5, 6, 7.

xxxv. 1. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.

Ver. 2. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.

xli. 10. Fear not, for I am with thee, I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness, thou shalt rejoice in the Holy One of Israel, Ver. 13, 14.

xlix. 13. Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O̟ earth, for the Lord hath comforted his people.

ii. 3. The Lord shall comfort Zion. Ver. 10, 12.

Ver. 11. They shall obtain gladness and joy, &c. Ch. lii. 9. Ch. liv. 1 to 8.

Ix. 15. I will make thee an eternal excellency, the joy of many generations. Ver. 16, 17.

Isa. Ixi. 3 to 11.lxv. 14, 18.-lxvi. 5, 10 to 15.

Jer. xxxi. 13, 14.-xxxiii. 8, 9, 10. Zeph, iii. 17, 18, 20. Zech. ii. 10. CIX. The work of creation a cause of joy. Job xxxviii. 4, 7. When God laid the foundations of the earth; the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.

CX. Wordly prosperity from the hand of God, a cause of joy. Deut. xii. 7. Ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, you and your housholds, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee. Ver. 12, 18.

Deut. xxvi. 11. Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house..

- Joel ii. 23. Be glad ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain, in the first month.

Ver. 24. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

Ver. 26. And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wonderously with you. CXI. Rejoicing in God in time of worldly adversity. Hab. iii. 17. Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flocks shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stall:

Ver. 18. Yet will I rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. See Ps. xlvi. 1 to 5.


CXII. God giveth comfort and consolation. Job xv. 11. Are the consolations of God small with thee?

Ps. xxiii. 4. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Ixxi. 20. O God thou hast shewed me great and sore troubles. Ver. 21. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

lxxxvi. 17. The Lord hath holpen me and comforted me.

xciv. 19. In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul.

cxix. 52. I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord, and have comforted myself.

Ver. 76. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

Ver. 82. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying when wilt thou com fort me?

Isa. xii. 1. O Lord I will praise thee, though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away and thou comfortedst me.

xl. 1.. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Ver. 2. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem and cry that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.

xlix. 13. The Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy on his afflicted. Ch. lii. 9.

li. 3. The Lord shall comfort Zion, joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

Ver. 12. I, even I (saith the Lord) am he that comforteth you; who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man that shall be made as grass..

Ivii. 18. I have seen his ways and will heal him, I will lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

Ixi. 2. I appoint, to comfort all that mourn in Zion.

Isa. Ixvi. 13. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I com

fort you.

Jer. xxxi. 13. I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them.

Hos. ii. 14. I will speak comfortably unto her.

Zech. i. 13. The Lord answered with comfortable words.

Ver. 17. The Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Matt. v. 4. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Luke xvi. 25. Lazarus is comforted in heaven.

John xiv. 18. Jesus said, I will not leave you comfortless.

Acts ix. 31. The churches walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Rom. xv. 4. Whatsoever things were written aforetime were writ ten for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Ver. 5. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus.

2 Cor. i. 3. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.

Ver. 4. Who comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Ver. 5. Our consolation aboundeth by Christ. Phil. ii. 1. 1 Pet. i, 8.

vii. 6. God that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us. 2 Thess. ii. 16. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God even our Father, which hath loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace. Heb. vi. 18.

Ver. 17. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you word and work.

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Observe, the foregoing scriptures represent a Christian's comfort, as proceeding from God the Father, from Christ, the Holy Ghost, and from the holy scriptures.


CXIII. God satisfieth. Ps. xvii. 15. I will behold thy face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness. xxxvi. S. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house, and thou wilt make them drink of the river of thy plea


Ver. 9. For with thee is the fountain of life.

Ixiii. 5. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. Ver. 6. When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

lxv. 4. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy place.

ciii. 2, 5. Bless the Lord, O my soul, who satisfieth thy mouth with good things.

cvii. 9. The Lord satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hun. gry soul with goodness.

Ps. cxxxii. 15. I will abundantly bless Zion's provision, I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Isa. lv. 2. Wherefore do ye spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not; hearken diligently unto me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Jer. xxxi. 14. I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord. Ver. 25. I have satisfied the weary soul.


CXIV. Delight in God. Job xxii. 21. Acquaint thyself with God. Ver. 26. Then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and lift up thy face unto God.

Ps. xxxvii. 4. Delight thyself in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Isa. Iviii. 14. Keep the Sabbath, &c. Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord, and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father.

CXV. Things of God delighted in by his people. Neh. ix. 25. Thy people delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

Ps. i. 2. A good man's delight is the law of the Lord. Ps. cxix. 70, 77, 92. Rom. vii. 22.

xciv. 19. Thy comforts delight my soul.

cxii. 1. Blessed is the man that delighteth in God's commandments. cxix. 16. I will delight myself in thy statutes. Ver. 47, 143. Isa. lviii. 13. Call the Sabbath a delight.

CXVI. Delight in Christ. Song ii. 3. I sat under his shadow with great delight.

Mal. iii. 1. The Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in.

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CXVII. Glorying in God. Isa. xli. 16. Thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the Holy One of Israel. Ch. xliv. 25. Jer. vi. 2.

Jer. ix. 24. Let him that glorieth glory in the Lord. Ps. Ixiii. 11. -Ixiv. 10-cv. 3.—cvi. 4, 5. 1 Cor. i. 31. 2 Cor. x. 17.

Gal. vi. 14. God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and 1 unto the world.

CXVIII. Sinful glorying forbidden. Jer. ix. 23. Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches.

1 Cor. 1, 29. No man should glory in God's sight. Rom. iv. 2. iii. 21. Let no man glory in man.

iv. 7 Who maketh thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?

ix. 16. Though I preach the gospel I have nothing to glory of, for necessity is laid upon me, yea woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel.


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