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first fruits of his Creatures. 1 Pet. 1.23. Being born again, nut of corruptible

seed, but of incorruptible by the Word of God,

which livesh and abideth for ever, Jam.1.21. Wherefore lay aparı all filthinesse, and

Superfluity of naughtinesse and receive with meeknes the ingrafted Word which is able 10 save your souls. V.23. But be ye doers of the Word, and not hear

ers only, deceiving your own selves. V.23. For if any man bc a bearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding

bis natural face in a glasse, V.24. Fer he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightwayforgetteth mbut manner of

man be was. V.25. But wósfo looketh into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuerh therein, be being not a forgetful bearer, but a doer of the work, this

man shall be blessed in his deed. · Pet.2.1. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and

all guile, and hypocrifie, and envies, and evil Speakings. V.2. As new born babes, desire the fincere milk

of the Word, that ye way grow thereby: John 8.47. He that is of God, keareth Gods Words,

ge therefore bear them not, because ye are not of

God. i Cor.2.14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are

foolishness

with me.

foolishnelle to him, neither can he know them,

becanse they are spiritually discerned. Rev.3.20. Behold i stand at the door and knock,

if any man hear my voice, and open the door,

I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he Prov.2.3. Tea, if thou criest after knowledge,

and liftest up the voice for understanding. V.5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the

Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Mat.13.3.2 The parable of the fower, and che Luke 8.5.$ four sorts of ground. Mat.13.14. And in them is fulfilled the Prophesie

of Efaias, which saith, by hearing, ye shall bear, and shall not understand; and seeing, refhall see, and shall not perceive. V.15. For this peoples heart is waxed grosse, And their cars are dull of hearing, and their eies they have closed, lift at any time they should see with their eies, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and 1 should healthem. V.16. But blessed are your eies, for they fee, and

your ears, for they hear. 1 Thes. 2. 13. For this caufe also thank we

God without ceasing, because when ye received the Word of God, which he heard of us, gere cieved it not as the Word of men, but (as it is in truth) the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in gom that believe,

Luke 1,

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Luke 10. 16. He that heareth you, heareth me;

and be that defpiseth you, despiseth me, and he

that despiseth me, despiseth hins t'hat sent me. 1 Sam.8.7. And the Lord Jaid unto Samuel, they

have not rejected thee, but they have rejected

me, that I should not reign over them. 1 Thef.4.8. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth

not man, but God; who hath also given unto us

his holy Spirit. Luke 24:32. And they said one to another, did

not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us

the Scriptures. Psal. 119.162. I rejoyce at thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil

. Jer.6.10. To whom shall i speak and give warne

ring, that they may bear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken ; behold, the Word of the Lord is to them a reproach,

they have no delight in it. Heb.2.1. Therefore we ought to give the more ear

neft heed to the things which we have heard,

left at any time we fhould let them flip. Prov.4.4. He taught me also, and said unto me,

Let ihine heart retain my words, keep my Com-
mandements and live.
V.21. Let them not depart from thine eies: keep
them in the midst of thine heart

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Deut.11.18. Therefore shall ye lay up thefe my
Words in your hearts and in your soul,&c.

lfa.48.

Ifa.48.17. Thus faith the Lord thy Redeemer, the

holy One of Israel, I am the Lord thy God, which teacherh thee to profit, which leadetle thee by the way that thou should go.

3. Of Singing of Psalmes.

people in this

Neglect not chac excellent and Heavenly Ordi. nance of singing Psalms, and lifting up the praises of the most bigh; singing with understanding, and making melodie to.God in thy heart. Miny

age

noc understanding the reasons and grounds of the duties of Religion they perform, when they are questioned, are apc co lay them aside. I shall therefore here do these four things.

1. Shew that Singing of Psalms is a dospelduty.

2. That it is lawful and warrantable to sing Das vids Psalıns.

3. Answer the objections made ag airft it.

4. Give fome Rules and Directions how Chrifti. ans may practise this ordinance to the Glory of God, and to their own great benefit and spiritual advan. tage.

For the First; Singing of pfalms was ofice an Ordinance of God in the Church, and a part of Divine Worship, and never repealed under the Gospel. Psal 95.1, 2. O come, let us fing uno the Lord, let us make ajoyful woi se 10 the Rock of

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our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to him with Psalms. And 'tis forced with other duties that are of a perpetual obligation, as Prayer, Hearing the Word, &c. v.6.7. 'Twas practised by those eminent Saints of God, Moses, Deborah, Barak, Davidthe

sweet Singer of Israel, Solomon, s, and others, whose Songs and Hymnes we have recorded in the old Testament,

2. The Prophefies in Scripture, that foretel the fate of the Charch under the Gospel, do

speak of Psalms to be used as a part of Gods Wora ship and Service then. Compare Rom.15.9. wich

Pfal.18.49.
Rom.15.9. And that the Gentiles might glorifie

God for his mercy, as it is written, for this
cause I will confefse to thee among ibe Gen-

tiles, and fing unto thy Name. Pfal.18.49. Therefore will I give thanks unto

thee (Lord) among the Heathen ; and fing praises unto thy Name.

3. We have several exhortations to it, in the New Teftament.

Eph.5.18. And be not drunk with wine wherein
: is exceffe, but be filled with the Spirit.
V.19. Speaking to your felves in Psalms, and
Hymnes, and spiritual Songs, singing and

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