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Sect. 5.—Recapitulation. The result of all is :
A devout man is he that ever sees the invisible, and ever trembleth before that God he sees; that walks ever, here on earth, with the God of heaven, and still adores that Majesty with whom he converses; that confers hourly with the God of spirits in his own language, yet so as no familiarity can abate of his awe, nor fear abate ought of his love; to whom the gates of heaven are ever open, that he may go in at pleasure to the throne of grace, and none of the angelical spirits can offer to challenge him of too much boldness; whose eyes are well acquainted with those beavenly guardians, the presence of whom he doth as truly acknowledge as if they were his sensible companions. He is well known of the King of Glory for a daily suitor in the court of heaven, and none so welcome there as he. He accounts all his time lost that falls beside his God, and can be no more weary of good thoughts than of happiness.
His bosom is no harbour for any known evil; and it is a question whether he more abhors sin or hell. His care is, to entertain God in a clear and free heart; and therefore he thrusts the world out of doors, and humbly, beseeches God to welcome himself to his own. He is truly dejected and vile in his own eyes : nothing but hell is lower than he; every of his slips are heinous, every trespass is aggravated to rebellion. The glory and favours of God heighten his humiliation. He hath looked down to the bottomless deep, and seen, with horror,
wbat he deserved to feel everlastingly. His cries have been as strong, as his fears just; and he hath found mercy more ready to rescue him, than he could be importunate. His hand could not be so soon put forth, as his Saviour's for deliverance.
The sense of this mercy bath raised him to an unspeakable joy, to a most fervent love of so dear a Redeemer. That love hath knit his heart to so meritorious a Deliverer, and wrought a blessed union betwixt God and his soul. That union can no more be severed from an infinite delight, than that delight can be severed from an humble and cheerful acquiescence in his munificent God. And now, as in a heavenly freedom he pours out his soul into the bosom of the Almighty, in all faithful suits for himself and others, so he enjoys God in the blessings received, and returns all zealous praises to the giver.
He comes reverently to the oracles of God, and brings not his eye, but his heart with him; not carelessly negligent in seeking to know the revealed will of bis Maker, nor too busily inquisitive into his deep counsels; not too remiss in the letter, nor too peremptory in the sense; gladly comprehending what he may, and admiring what he cannot comprehend.
Doth God call for his ear ? he goes awfully into the holy presence, and so hears as if he should now hear his last; catching every word that drops from the preacher's lips ere it fall to the ground, and laying it up carefully where he may be sure to fetch it. He sits not to censure, but to learn; yet speculation and knowledge is the least drift of his labour. Nothing is his own but what he practises.
Is he invited to God's feast ? he hates to come in a foul and slovenly dress, but trims up his soul so as may be fit for a heavenly guest. Neither doth he leave his stomach at home, cloyed with the world; but brings a sharp appetite with him, and so feeds as if he meant to live for ever: all earthly delicacies are unsavory to him, in respect of that celestial manna. Shortly, he so eats and drinks as one that sees himself set at table with God and his angels, and rises and departs full of his Saviour; and in the strength of that meal, walks vigorously and cheerfully on towards his glory.
Finally, as he well knows that he lives, and moves, and hath his being in God, so he refers his life, motions, and being wholly to God; so acting all things as one that enjoys God in them, and, in the mean time, so walking on earth that he doth in a sort carry his heaven with him.