The saints desire

The saints desire,
A cordiall for a fainting soule
declaring that in Christs righte
ousnesse onely, (and in nothing else)
there is life, happiness, peace, strength
comfort, joy, and all fullness of perfection.
Also the happy estate of a man in
Christ, the life he lives, wherein he is
exercised, his experiences, and his de
sires to enjoy God, &c.


1. 7. The life of faith concerning protection from dangers, and for a supply of all wants.

For protection; He shall give his Angels charge over thee: The Lord is thy keeper: I will preserve thee, and keepe thee: He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: There shall not a haire of your heads perish, Psal 91. 11. Psal. 121. 8. Isa. 49. 8. Job 36. 7.Luk. 21. 18. Christ prayed, holy Father, I pray thee keepe them from [...]ill,Joh. 17. 15.

To be delivered from the wicked;The Lord shall helpe them, and deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him, 2 Thes. 3. 2, 3.Psal. 34. 40.

To be delivered from the harlot; Who [Page 185]so pleaseth God, shall escape from her, Eccle. 7. 26.

To be delivered from unreasonable creatures; The beast of the field shall be at peace with thee: Thou shalt be at league with the stones of the field,Pro. 5. 23.

If in warre; He shall redeeme thee from the power of the sword,Job 5. 20.

If in famine; In famine he shall redeeme thee from dearth, Job 5. 20.

To finde pitie in captivitie; He made them also to be pitied of those that carried them captives, Psal. 106. 46.

If in water; When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee, &c. Isa. 43. 2.

If in fire; When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, nor shall the flame kindle upon thee, Isa. 43. 2.

If in sicknesse; The Lord will strengthen thee upon the bed of languishing; Thou wilt make all his bed in his sicknesse; and heale all thy diseases, Psal. 41. 3. Psal. 103. 3. Exod. 23. 25.

To be preserved from all evill; He shall deliver thee in six troubles, yea, in seven there [Page 186]shall no evill touch thee: He shall preserve thee from all evill, Job 5. 19. 2 Thes. 3. 3. Psal. 121. 7.

Forclothing; Take no thought for your body, what yee shall put on, Is not the body more then rayment? For your heavenly Father knoweth yee have need of these things: Why take yee thought for rayment? Consider the Lilies, &c. Shall be not much more cloth you, O yee of little faith, Mat. 6. 25. See Psal. 37. 16. Mat. 6. 28. 30. 3 .

For food in famine; Trust in the Lord, and verily thou shalt be fed: Bread shall be given him, his waters shall be sure, Psa. 37. 3. Isa. 33. 16. In the dayes of famine they shall be satisfied, Isa. 37. 19.

For dwelling; He shall dwell on high, Isa. 33. 17.

To be hid in a time of danger; Set a marke upon their foreheads, &c. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Feare thou not, and to Sion, &c. The Lord thy God in the middest of thee is mightie, he will save, &c.Zeph. 3. 16, 17.

God will remember his; Thou shalt not be forgotten by me,Isa. 44. 21.

For successe of our labour; Whatsoever [Page 187] he doth shall prosper: Thou shalt eate of the labour of thy hands: They shall not build, and another inhabit, they shall not plant, and not eate; They shall not labour in vaine, &c. For they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, &c. Psal. 1. 3. Psal. 128. 2. Pro. 12. 11. 14. Isa. 65. 22.

If thou be falsly accused; consider, He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, &c. Psal. 37. 6.

For a good name; consider, Pro. 10. 7. Zeph. 3. 20. Isa. 56. 5. Psal. 111. 6.

For children; Thy wife shall be a fruitfull vine; Thou shalt see thy childrens children, Psal. 121. 3. 6.

For sleepe; So he giveth his beloved sleep: Thy sleepe shall be sweet, Psal. 127. 2. Pro. 3. 24. Job 11. 19. Zeph. 3. 13.

For a supply of all we need; My God shall supply all your needs, Phil. 4. 9. 6.

If in prospericie; consider Jer. 29. 5, 6. These things yee may have, and use them while they last, and while God sees good we shall not meet with any change, but change or no change, God will never change, but be to us ever the same, Heb. 13. 5, 6.

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Title: The saints desire, or, A cordiall for a fainting soule declaring that in Christs righte- ousnesse onely, (and in nothing else) there is life, happiness, peace, strength comfort, joy, and all fullness of perfection. Also the happy estate of a man in Christ, the life he lives, wherein he is xercised, his experiences, and his de- sires to enjoy God, &c.

Author: Samuel Richardson

Publisher: M Simmons

Publication date: 1647

Place of publication: London

Provenance/location: This text was transcribed from images available at Early English Books Online: Bibliographic name / number: Wing / R1413 Physical description: 481 p. in various pagings. Copy from: Union Theological Seminary (New York, N. Y.) Library Reel position: Wing / 1193:03

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