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Every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure, &c. He that doth righteousness, is righteous, even as he is righteous.-1 John iii. 3. 7.
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good: he that doeth good is of God, but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.3 John 11.
SECT. II. In Particular; 1. To love God, and the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ; and, 2. Set our Affections on Things above.-Col.
I, THE Lord thy God, &c. shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me.-Exod. xx. 2. 6.
The Lord our God, one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.-Deut. vi. 4, 5.
The Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him.Deut. vii. 9.
And now, Israel, what doth God require of thee, but, &c. to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul?— Deut. x. 12.
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, &c. If you shall hearken, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart, &c. that I will, &c.-Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14.22.
The Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.-Deut. xiii. 3.
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Deut. xxx. 6.
Take diligent heed to do the commandment, &c. to love the Lord your God.-Josh. xxii. 5.
O love the Lord, all ye saints, &c. -Ps. xxxi. 23.
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves (or souls) that ye love the Lord your God.-Josh. xxiii. 11.
I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice.-Ps. cxvi. 1.
Thy name is as ointment poured forth; therefore do the virgins love thee.-Cant. i. 3.
If ye find my beloved, &c. tell him that I am sick of love.-Cant. v. 8.
Thus saith the Lord, I remember thee (or for thy sake), the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness.-Jer. ii. 2.
Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, which he loved (or ought to love).-Mal. ii. 11.
He that loveth father or mother, &c. is not worthy of me, &c.-Matt. x. 37. Luke xiv. 26.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment, &c. On these, &c. hang all the law and the prophets.-Matt. xxii. 37-40.
Iniquity shall abound; the love of many shall wax cold.-Matt. xxiv. 12.
all mysteries, &c. I have all faith, &c. and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing, &c. Charity never faileth, &c. Now abideth faith, hope, charity: but the greatest of these is charity.-1 Cor. xiii. 1-3. 8. 13.
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha.-1 Cor. xvi. 22.
Whether we be besides ourselves, it is to God, &c. for the love of Christ constraineth us.-2 Cor. v. 13, 14.
Circumcision availeth nothing, &c. but faith, which worketh by love, &c. the fruit of the Spirit is love. Gal. v. 6. 22.
The Lord direct your hearts unto the love of God.-2 Thess. iii. 5. Hearing of thy love, &c. which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, &c.-Philem. 5.
God is not unrighteous to forget your work, and labour of love, which ye have shewed towards his name.Heb. vi. 10.
Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, ye love.-1 Pet. i. 7, 8.
God is love and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, &c. He that feareth, is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen; how can he love God, whom he hath not seen? 1 John iv. 16. 18-20.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, &c.-1 John v. 2.
SECT. III. As Fruits of Love to God and Christ: 1. To delight themselves in him, long for, and pant after him: make their boast of, and glory and rejoice in God and Christ, as their Portion and Rest : and, 2. To obey, and hearken to him.
I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, &c.-Rev. ii. 4, 5.
I. To delight in, long for, pant after, make their boast of, glory and rejoice in God and Christ, as their Portion and Rest.
I WILL not go up in the midst of thee, &c. When the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned, and, &c. My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not, carry us not up hence.-Exod. xxxiii. 3, 4. 14, 15.
Their rock is not as our rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. -Deut. xxxii. 31.
I rejoice in thy salvation: there is none holy as the Lord, for there is none besides thee: neither is there any rock like our God, &c.-1 Sam. ii. 1, 2.
All the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.-1 Sam. vii. 2.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock, &c. my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, and my saviour. Who is God, save the Lord? And who is a rock, save our God?-2 Sam. xxii. 2, 3. 32. Ps. lxxi. 3.
When he giveth quietness, who can make trouble? And when he hideth his face, who can behold him ? &c.— Job xxxiv. 29.
Thou, O Lord, art a shield for (or about) me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.-Ps. iii. 3.
There be many who say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.-Ps. iv. 6,7.
I will be glad, and rejoice in thee:
I will sing praise to thy name, &c.Ps. ix. 2.
Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?-Ps. x.l. lxxxviii. 14.
How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?-Ps. xiii. 1. lxxiv. 9, 10.
The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup; thou maintainest my lot; the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage, &c. In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.-Ps. xvi. 5, 6. 11.
O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.-Ps. xix. 14.
We will rejoice in thy salvation: and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.-Ps. xx. 5.
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice?-Ps. xxi. 1.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me? &c. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, &c. Be not thou far from me, O Lord, O my strength, &c.-Ps. xxii. 1. 11. 19. lxxxviii. 14, 15.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, &c. Thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.-Ps. xxiii. 1. 4.
his, &c. in his favour is life, &c. Lord, by thy favour, thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.— Ps. xxx. 4, 5. 7.
The Lord is my light, and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple, &c. My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.-Ps. xxvii. 1. 4. 8. 9.
Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of
As the hart panteth after the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? my tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me; for I had gone with the multitude, &c. to the house of God, &c. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? &c. Hope thou in God, &c. Ps. xlii. 1—5. 11.
Thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? Then will I go, &c. unto God my exceeding joy (or the gladness of my joy).Ps. xliií. 2. 4.
In God we boast all the day long. Ps. xliv. 8.
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, &c. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise, unto the ends of the earth, &c. This God is our God for ever and ever he will be our guide even unto death. - Ps. xlviii. 8. 10. 14. Ezra viii. 22.
Cast me not away from thy presence, &c. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. - Ps. li. 11, 12. cxix. 8.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, &c. to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary; because thy loving-kindness is better than life, &c. My soul followeth hard after thee.-Ps. Ixiii. 1-3. 8.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.-Ps. lxv. 4.
He that is our God is the God of salvation and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death, &c. Ps. lxviii. 20.
Whom have I in heaven, but thee? and there is none upon earth whom I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever, &c. It is good for me to draw near to God.-Ps. lxxiii. 25, 26.28. Who is so great a God as our God? -Ps. lxxvii. 13.
Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.-Ps. lxxx. 3. 7. 19.
to dwell in the tents of wickedness: for the Lord God is a sun, and a shield, &c.-Ps. lxxxiv. 1, 2. 4. 9-11. xxvi. 8. cxxii. 1.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance; in thy name shall they rejoice all the day, &c. For thou art the glory of their strength and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. The Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king, &c. How long, O Lord, wilt thou hide thy face, for ever?-Ps. lxxxix. 15—18. 46.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul.-Ps. xciv. 19. 22.
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, &c. Behold, O God our shield, &c. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous.
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.Ps. civ. 34.
He satisfieth the longing soul: and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Ps. cvii. 9. Prov. xxvii. 7.
The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high? Who, &c. Ps. cxiii. 4, 5.
which doth not profit. My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, &c. Have I been a barren wilderness unto Israel? &c. Can a maid forget her ornaments? a bride her attire ? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. Jer. ii. 11. 13. 31, 32.
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; neither let the mighty man glory in his might, &c. But let him who glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, &c.-Jer. ix. 23, 24. 2 Cor. x. 17. 1 Cor. i. 29. 31.
The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things, &c. The Lord of hosts is his name.-Jer. x. 16. li. 19.
O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble! why shouldst thou be as a stranger in the land? and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside, to tarry for a night? Why shouldst thou be as a man astonished? &c. Yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us and we are called by thy name, &c.—Jer. xiv. 8, 9. xvii. 13.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.Lam. iii. 24.
Woe also to them when I depart from them.-Hosea ix. 12.
Fear not, O land; be glad, and rejoice; for the Lord will do great things. Be glad then, ye children of Zion; and rejoice in the Lord your God.-Joel ii. 21. 23.
But the Lord will be the hope (or harbour) of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.-Joel iii. 16.
Arise ye and depart; for this is not your rest, because it is polluted.— Micah ii. 10.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vine, &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my sal