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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
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 10. 16. He that heareth you, heareth me;
and be that defpiseth you, despiseth me, and he
that despiseth me, despiseth hins that 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 hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken ; behold, the Word of the Lord is to them a reproach,
they have no dėlight init. Heb.2.1. Therefore we ought to give the more ear
nest heed to the things which we have heard,
left at any time we fhould let them ip. Prov.4.4. He taught me also, and said unto me,
Let ihine heart retain my words, keep my Com-
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 shouldst 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
noc understanding the reasons and grounds of the duties of Religion they perforin; when they are questioned, are ape to 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 fing Das vids Psalms.
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 advantage.
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 fong uma the Lord, let us make a joyful woise 10 the Rock of
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
God for his mercy, as it is written, for this
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