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a goodly heritage? Can you cast up your riches, or count your own happiness? Can you fathom immensity, or reach omnipotency, or comprehend eternity? All this is yours. I will set open all my treasures to you, I will keep back nothing

from you.


He maketh over himself to us in all his essential per

fections and personal relations. All the attributes in the Godhead, and all the persons in the Godhead, do I hereby make over to you. I will be yours in all my essential perfections, and in all my personal relations.

1. In all mine essential perfections.

1. His eternity as the date of our happiness, My eternity shall be the date of your happi


I am the eternal God; and while I am, I will be life and blessedness' to you. I will be a never failing fountain of joy, and peace, and bliss unto you.b I am the first and the last, that was, and is, and is to come; and mine

a Psalm xxix. 10, 11. cxlvi. 10. 1 Tim. i. 17. 1 Pot. V. 10. b Psalm xxxvi. 7, 8, 9. xvi. 11.

eternal power and Godhead shall be bound to you.*

I will be your God, your Father, your friend, while I have any being. Therefore fear not, for the eternal God is your refuge; and underneath are the everlasting, arms.

. My durable riches and righteousness shall be yours;e though all should forsake you, yet will not í forsake you. When the world, and all that is therein, shall be burnt up, I will be a standing portion for you. When you are forgotten among the dead, with everlasting loving-kindness will I remember you.

2. His unchangeableness, as the rock of our resto

Mine unchangeableness, as the rock of your rest. When all the world is like the troubled ocean round about you, here you may fix and settle; I am your resting-place.b

The immutability of my nature, and of my counsel, and of my covenant, a foothold for your faith, and a firm foundation for your strong and everlasting consolation. When you are afflicted tossed with tempests, and not comforted, put into me; I am a haven of hope, I am a har

a Tsa. xxxv. 10. Jer. xxxii. 40. b Isa. ix. 6. Jer. xxxi. 9. d Dent. xxxiii. 27. e Prov. viii. 10. fHeb. xiii. 5. Ps. Xxvii. 10. Isa. liv. 10. g Mal. iii 6. Psalm Ixii. 6, 7.. xcii. 15. b Jer. 1. 6. 2 Chron. ziv. 11. i 2 Tim. i. 19. Heb. vi. 17, 18. j Isa. liv. 11.

bor of rest for you; here cast your anchors, and you shall never be moved.a

3. His omnipotency for our guard. Mine omnipotency shall be your guard. I am God Almighty, your Almighty Protector, your Almighty Benefactor.

What, though your enemies are many ? More are they that are with you, than they that are against you; for I am with you. What, though they are mighty ?—They are not almighty. Your Father is greater than all, and none shall pluck you out of my hands. Who can hinder my power, or obstruct my salvation ?f Who is like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth on the heaven for your help, and in his excellency on the sky? I am the sword of your defence, and the shield of your excellency. I am your rock and your fortress, your deliverer, your strength, the horn of your salvation, and your high tower h I will maintain you against all the power of the enemy: you shall never sink, if omnipotency can support you. The gates of hell shall not prevail against you:j_your enemies shall find hard work of it. They shall

a Jer. xvii. 13, 17. Psalm xlvi. 1, 2, 5. cxxv. 1. b Gen. IV. 1. xvii. 1 c Psalın xxv. 19. d 2 Chron. xxii. 7, 8. 2 Kings vi. 16. e John x. 28. f Isa. xliii. 13. Dan. iv. 35. 2 Pet. ii. 9. g Deut. xxxiii. 26, 29. h Psal n xviii. 2. i 1 Pet. i. 5. Exod. xxviii. 12. Heb. vii. 25. ix. 24. j Matt. xvi. 18.

overcome victory, or enervate omnipotency, or corrupt fidelity, or change immutability, or else they cannot finally prevail against you ; either they shall bow or break. Though they should exalt themselves as the eagle, though they should set their nest among the stars, even there will I bring them down, saith the Lord.b

4. His faithfulness, for our security. My faithfulness shall be your security. My truth, yea, my oath shall fail, if ever you come off losers by me. I will cause you to confess, when you see the issue of all my providences, that I was a God worthy to be trusted, worthy to be believed, worthy to be rested in and relied upon.e If you walk not in my judgments, you must look for the rod; and you shall see that I am not in jest with you, nor will indulge you in your sins. Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I never take from you, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lipsa

5. His mercies, as our store. My mercies shall be your store. I am the Father of mercies; and such a Father I will be

a Rev. iii. 9. Isa. Ixvi. 4. b Obad. 4. Jer. xlix. 16 c Psalnı lxxxix. 33, 34, 35. d Isa. liv. 9, 10. Mark x. 29, 30. e Psalm xxxiv. 4, 5, 6, 8. Ixxxiv. 12. cxlvi. 5. Jer. xvii. 7, 8. Psalm xxii. 4. 5. 'f Psalm lxxxix. 30, 31, 32, &c, Amos iii. 2. 1 Sam. xii. 15. 1 Pet. iv. 17. g Isa. xlvi. 7. Liii. 7. Psalm cxix. 41.

to you. I am the Fountain of mercies; and this Fountain shall be ever open to you. My mercies are very many, and they shall be multiplied towards you ;' very great, and they shall be magnificd upon you;d very sure, and they shall be for ever sure to you ;e very tender, and they shall be infinitely tender of you. Though the fig-tree do not blossom, nor the vine bear, nor the flock bring forth ; fear not, for my compassions fail not. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your lives. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, that I will not turn away from you to do you good. I swear that I will show you the kindness of God.j I can as soon forget to be God, as forget to be gracious. While my name is “ JEHOFAH, merciful, gracious, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth,” I will never forget to show mercy to you. All my ways towards you shall be mercy and truth.m I have sworn that I would not be wroth with you, nor rebuke you; for the mountains shall depart, and the hills be moved; but my kindness shall not depart from you; neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy

on you.

a 2 Cor. i. 3. b Psalm xxxvi. 9. Rev. xxi. 6. c Neh. ix. 17. Isa. lv. 7. d 1 Chron. xxi. 13. Gen. xix. 19.

e Isa, xxii. 23. f Psalm cxix. 156. ciii. 4. g Hab. iii. 17. Lam. iii. 22. h Psalm xxiii. 6. i Jer. xxxii. 40. j 1 Sam. XX. 14, 15, 17. xxv. 9, 10." k Psalm lxvii. 9. Psalm ciji. 17. Xxxiv. 6, 7. m Psalm xxv. 10,

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