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Chap.27. An Expo f tion upon the Book of ,] o B. Yerf. z o, a o S jam ix all tbat thon putte shy bands unto; be Lure that thy re- joyctog be before the Lord ; that is, in afence of the pretence of theLord with thee,whabathbleifed thee,and caufed thee topro- fper in all that thou haft patchy hand unto. Thus Paul enjoynes thePhilippians (Phil. 3. a . ) Finally, my brethren, rejoyce in the Lord: and ( Chap. 4 :.) rejoyce in the Lord alway ; and againe, Ifay rejoyce. This joyor delight in theLord belongs to the firtf Commandement; and therefore it is called natural wor(hip,(not naturals, as naturall isoppofcd to fpiritual, but as natural} is oppo- fed to formal or inftituted worfhip) becaufe this delight is a wo fhip which we were to give untoGod, confidered in himfelfe, though he hadnot given any direiftion about it, as he bath done about his external! worfhip. We know not in what particular forme God will be worfhipped , till he declares his own will a- bout it ; and though we ought alwaycs to be willing to Ivorfhip God,yet we muff not give him e wi i- vvorfhip, But if we know no more of God, than that he is, we may know that we ought to worship himby delighting in him, for that is a natural fequel from the knowledgof him. And fo to feare God, to truft upon him, to beleeve in him, are gelsof worfhip,which thevery difco- veries of God call us unto,though Godhad never publifhed a law requiring any fuck worfhip. But how littleof this pure fpirituall worfhiphach Cod in the world ? how few are there that delight in God ? Some cannot take any delight at all, if there be but a mention of God ; to difcourfe of God, puts them into a fit of Me- lancholly ; they muff put Godout of the company, before they can be merryor rejoyce, They like not to ret ine Godin their know- ledge,( as the Apoftle fpeakes of the old Gentiles,Rom. r. 28. ) and therefore the knowledg ofGod cannot at all be delightful! to them. Yea,how little of this internal! and moil fpirituall wor- fhipbath God from his own people ? how little arethey in think- ing and fpeaking of him with delight ? How feldome are they longing to enjoy him ? how feldome rejoyciag in the enjoyment of him ? though every one, who is truly godlyBoth truly delight in God; yet it is tobe charged upon molt godly men, that they are not filled with thofe delights, ris rare ro findDavids fpirit, who could fay (P fat. 6 z.) p foi, thon are my God, early Ivélt Ifeekthee,'.ray foal thirfleth for thee, my fiefh longethfor thee, to fee thypower and . by glory, fo as Ihave ften it in theSanrttsary. P They