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F the First Part of Prager, which is address
to God, addoration of him, with suitable ac-
which is petition and supplication for the good things .
CHAP. VIII. A Paraphrase on the Lord's
Of the first part of Prayer, which is, address to God, adoration of him, with suitable acknowledgments, profesions, and preparatory requests.
UR spirits being composed into a very reverend
serious frame, our thoughts gathered in, and all that is within us charged in the name of the great God carefully to attend the folemn and awful service that lies before us, and to keep close to it, we must, with a fixed intention and application of mind, and an active lively faith, fet the Lord before us, fee his eye upon us,* and set ourselves in his special presence, presenting ourselves to him as living facrifices, which we desire may be holy and acceptable, and a reasonable service, and then bind these facrifices with cords to the horns of the altar, with such thoughts as these :
Let us now lift up our hearts, with our eyes, and our bands unto God in the heavens.
Let us itir
ourselves to take hold on God, to seek his face, and to give him the glory due unto his name,
Unto thee, O Lord, do we lift up our souls.
Let us now, with humble boldness, enter into the holieít, by the blood of Jesus, in the new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the veil.
Let us now attend upon the Lord without distraction, and let not our hearts be far from him when we draw nigh to himn with our mouths, and honour him with our lips.
Let us now worship God, who is a spirit, in spirit and in truth, for such the father seeks to worship him.
Having thus engaged our hearts to approach unto God,
1. We must folemnly address ourselves to that infinitely great and glorious Being with whom we have to do, as those that are pofseiled with a full belief of his presence, and a holy awe and reverence of his Majesty ; which we may do in such expressions as these :
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come.
O thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, and who art the Most High over all the earth!
O God, thou art our God, early will we seek thee our God, and we will praife thee; our fathers God, and we will exalt' thee.
O thou who art the true God, the living God, the only living and true God, and the everlasting King ! the Lord our God, who is one Lord.
And we may thus diftinguish ourselves from the worshipers of false gods.
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, they are vanity and a lie, the work of mens hands, they that make them are like unto them, and so is every that trusteth in them. But the portion of Jacob is
not like them; for he is the former of all things, and Ifrael is the rod of his inheritance; the Lord of Holts is his name, God over all, blessed for ever
Their rock is not our rock, even the enemies themselves being judges; for he is the rock of ages, the Lord Jehovah ; with whom is everlasting strength; whose name shall endure for ever, and his memorial unto all generations, when the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth Thall perish from off the earth, and from under these heavens.
2. We must reverently adore God, as a Being, tranfcendently bright and bleffed, self-existent and self-sufficient, an infinite and eternal spirit, that has all perfections in himself, and give hiin the glory of his titles and attributes.
O Lord, our God, thou art very great, thou art cloathed with honour and majesty, thou coverelt thyself with light- as with a garment, and yet, as to us, makest darkness thy pavilion ; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
This is the message which we have beard of thee, and we set to our feal that it is true, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all; and, that God is love, and they that dwell in love dwell in God, and God in their.
Thou art the father of light, with whom is no variableness or shadow of turning, and from whom proceedeth every good and perfect gift.
Thou art the blessed and only Potentate, the King cf Kings, and Lord of Lords, who only haft immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen, nor can fee.
We must acknowledge his being to be unquestionable, and paft difpute.
The heavens declare thy glory, O God, and the firmament seweth thy handy-work; and by the things that are made is clearly seen and understood