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we can make to God, for all his Good ness; and yet, if it proceeds from a truly thankful Heart, and is followed with a fincere Obedience, it is what he will most undoubtedly accept.
O let us then be persuaded frequently and seriously to think upon the great Things God has done for us! Let us endeavour to possess our Minds with a true Sense of his wonderful Love to Mankind, manifested in all his Works of Creation and Providence; but chiefly in that stupendous Work of our Redemption; let us think upon the Breadth and Length, the Depth and
Heighth of that Love of Chrift, which passeth all Knowledge; that our Hearts being inflamed with the Divine Love, we may praise the Lord for his Goodnefs *, and declare the Wonders that He doth for the Children of Men ; that we may offer unto Him the Sacrifice of Thanks, giving, and tell out his Forks with Glada ness; and may not only resolve with the holy Psalmist, That his Praises fall ever be in our mouths : 66 But that we will “ shew forth those Praises in our Lives, “ also by giving up ourselves to his Ser“ vice, and by walking before him in Ho. * Psal. cyii. 21, 22.
liness and Righteousness all the Days of " our Lives.”
This is what our Praises should always lead to, or else they will be but vain Oblations: For God is a Regarder of the Heart; and unless there is a Principle of Love and Obedience rooted there, the most exalted Praises will never reach his Ears.
A Morning Prayer for a FAMILY
the Lord's Day: E praise and worship thee, O Lord,
the Creator of Heaven and Earth ; for thou spakest the Word, and all Things were made ; thou commandedst, and they were created !
We admire and adore thy infinite Wildom and Power in the Things thou haft made, and we acknowledge our absolute Dependence upon thee, and thy great Goodness and Bounty to us and to all the World. C2
Blessed be thou, who didst so love the World, that thou gavest thine only begotten Son to redeem it, who was delivered for our Offences, and raised again (as on this Day) to justify and save all such as fear and obey thee.
We give Thanks to thee, O Lord, for all thy Mercies to our Souls and Bodies, for appointing one Day in seven for thy more peculiar Worship and Service. All possible Praise and Thanks be given to God, who created us; to Jesus Christ, who redeemed us; and to the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth
Grant, O Lord, that by a wise and religious Use of the Means of Grace, we may grow up to a State of Holiness and Righteousness, and that our Souls may be prepared for those glorious and delightful Praises, which in Heaven will be part of the Happiness and Employment of thy Saints to all Eternity.
O Lord, we confess that we have offended thee, by the negligent Performance of our holy Duties, by our Abuse of thy Grace, and mis-spending this thy holy Day, and by many Sins committed in the Course of our Lives. But let not this provoke thee to withdraw the Assistance of thy