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of thee a great nation, I will go down with thee into Egypt, and I will also surely bring thee up again!" Gen. xlvi. 2-4.

"Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro, his father-inlaw, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back side of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire, out of the midst. of a bush. And he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses! Moses! And he said, here am I! And he said, draw not nigh higher, put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. More-over, he said, I am the God of thy fathers; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon. God," Exod. iii. 1-6.

"And the Lord said unto Moses, hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the mount. And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone, And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin.” Exod. xxxiv. 1—7.


Yea, he loved the people; and all his saints are

in thine hand, and they sat down at thy feet, every one shall receive of thy words," Deut. xxxiii. 3.


Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days so shall thy strength be. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee, and shall say, destroy them," Deut. xxxiii. 25-27.

“Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things hath been, saith the Lord; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word," Isaiah lxvi. 1, 2.

"Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah! Lord God! Behold I cannot speak, for I am a child! But the Lord said unto me, say not I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee, thou shalt speak. Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, behold I have put my words in thy mouth ?" Jer. i. 4-9.

"The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and sat me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. And he said unto me, son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Then said he unto me, prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, thus saith the Lord God, come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live," Ezek. xxxvii. 1-9.

"But unto you that fear my name, shall the Sun of Righteousness arise, with healing in his wings, and ye

shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall,” Malachi iv. 2.

"What man is there of you, whom, if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" Matt. vii. 9.

"Take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye; for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost,” Mark xiii. 11.

"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink; he that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified,)" John vii. 37-39.

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you," John xiv. 26.

"Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place," 2 Cor. ii. 14.

"For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself," Phil. iii. 20, 21.

I hope I have not been too tedious on the one hand, neither too hasty on the other, in going over the sacred inclosure of the word of God, through both testaments of scripture, and selecting a portion here and there from

the several books, more or less in each, by way of explaining the title at the head of this section. My design in what I have done under this particular, hath been to shew, that from the beginning of the bible to the end, multitudes of the sweetest and most interesting passages every where occur, for opening and keeping open continual communion with God in his Trinity of Persons. And I hope the regenerated child of God, (for it is of such only I speak) will not overlook also one of the chief designs I have had in view, in gathering the several scriptures which I have here brought before him, which hath been to make manifest, and in the history of the Lord's people, that not only all intercourse between the Lord and his people begins on God's part, but that through the whole it is the same gracious Lord that carries it on; for he is the chief speaker, and which the examples of those holy men of old as here quoted, abundantly prove.

And I venture to persuade myself that I shall not be thought tedious, if I endeavour to establish this great truth with yet further evidences. For in following up the design of this little work, and answering the titlepage of it satisfactorily, I cannot more effectually do this, and prove that the Poor Man's Prayer-book is found only in God's Scripture-book, than by calling in the testimony of God himself, in his Trinity of Persons, to demonstrate his holy will and design in this particular. For what in truth are the several parts of the ordinance of prayer and praise, but real and personal communion and conversation between the Lord and his people? And if the regenerated child of God (for such only I have in view in this humble service) will indulge me under this branch of the subject a little longer, I shall hope under the Lord's teaching to make it appear most fully.

I begin with noticing some of the love-calls of God to his people, and the answer through grace the Lord's people give to them.

"Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon; look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lion's den, from the mountains of leopards. Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. How fair is thy love, my sister my spouse; how much better is thy love than wine, and the smell of thine ointment than all spices. Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honey-comb; honey and milk are under thy tongue, and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon," Song iv. 8-11. See also Song ii. 14. Song viii. 13. Rev. iii. 20.

And what are the answers of the church to those love-calls of her Lord? "Draw me, we will run after thee. The king hath brought me into his chambers; we will be glad and rejoice in thee; we will remember thy love more than wine! Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon; for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?" Song i. 4-7. "Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat of his pleasant fruits!" Song iv. 16. See also Ps. xxvii. 4. Ps. lxiii. 1-7. Ps. ci. 1-2. Isa. xxvi. 8, 9.

Again. The Lord's complaints when his people remit their attention to him are further proofs. "O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been

a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? Wherefore say my people, we are lords, we will come no more unto thee! Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire ? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number!" Jer. ii. 31, 32. See also Hosea xi. 7. Rev. ii. 4.

And what are the cries of the Lord's people in answer to those tender expostulations? The bible is full of them when grace hath again entered the heart, and the love-calls of the Lord are accompanied with the quickenings and renewings of the Spirit. "Oh! that thou

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