Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v12

5 o Chap. 3 poJ p k fJo B. Verf. 14. . commands from top to bottom, he treads upon the waves aloft; he walks in the depths below, nothing can efcape either his Power or his Eye. It is the foiepriviledge of God to walk in the fearch of the fea , that is, to find out and plainly to difcern the mofí fecret things. And by him the moll umcarchable depths are fea:ched out, orrather, are known to him without fearch, 'He knoweth even the depth of mans heart, which is the great- el+ depth in the world, next .to thedepth of his own heart. God enters into the fprings of that fea , the Sea of mans heart, and . walkerh in the fearch of that depth. There are innumerable fprings in the heart of man, which bubble up, and fend forth their &reams of good or evil continually; all which the Lord fees more plainly than we fee any thing that is done above ground , or in the open light. Mofes doth not onely report (Gen. 6. 5.) That God law the w ckednefsof Arlan mac great in the earth (t hat is, that his outward ptac fifes or converfation was very wicked) but that he faro every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was onely evil continaally. Confider, God faw nor one- ly the thoughts of man, but every imagination (which is the lead thin. imaginable) of mans thoughts. He law (as the word which we render imigination properly fignifes) every figment, every littlecreature which the thoughts of mans heart was a- bout to frame and Ohow many , how exceedingmany, or in- numerable, are they I yet God law not onelyCome, or many, but every one of them. It was laid by one of the Ancients upon this Fvofundumma- place , God goes to the depthof the fea, as often as be goeth into ris dens ingre- the depthofmans heart , and beholds what is there. And there be dit,tr,quando beholds not onely the great but farall beafts (as the P almìfl calls iparemenses the fi11) of the fea) that is, not onely great but (mall lulls and enamreff foo'i(h imaginations r the hoe aé multitudes and íhoalsof vain .dedignatu . thoughts which fwim and play in that wide fea of mans heart, are Greg.t.ip.e.7 dillin6}ly feen, and as diflin&ly judged, as if but one were there. Thirdly, From the fcopeof thisplace, note ; That teeing wecannotfearch Into the depth of the fea , it fhould flay oar curiofity inPareking into, and (layusfromdifeentent, whenwecannotfind the depth of Gods Counfels concerning us, and-of his Providence, towards ut, There