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GOD, THE CREATOR AND PRESERVER.
5. Then let our humble faith ad-16. He ever lives to intercede
His mercy and his power; (dress Before his father's face; (plead, We shall obtain delivering grace Give him, my soul, thy cause to In the distressing hour.
Nor doubt the Father's grace.
VIII. GOD, AS CREATOR AND PRESERVER OF THE
150.* T.166, or 22. 4. Thou stretchest to infinity,
The highest heavens are thy seat, O GOD, thou bottomless abyss,
Thy glorious name, thy majesty Thee mortal tongue cannot define, No seraph can conceive or mete: Or speak thy god-like properties,
Thou art as Lord by all ador'd, Thy holy heights, thy depths divine: For every knee to thee must hend; Thou’rt an unfathomable sea; Who thus have knelt and grace Of universal nature Lord:
implor’d, Such knowledge is not found in me, Have found thee an almighty friend. Frail worm, thy glories to record.
5. Counsel and deed are one with 2. Thee would I view and duly
thee, praise, Did not mere weakness me sur- Perfection's thine without degree,
And justice in thy court presides; round; Thy nature's everlasting rays
And love thy character abides: My senses and my soul confound: Each morning unto us are new,
Thy mercy, faithfulness, and grace All sprung from thine omnipotence, And every day brings fresh displays Which mind conceives, or eye
Of thy protecting care to view. seen; No single atom comes by chance: 6. Ah, who can render thee just Wert thou not, nothing e'er had praise ?
Who? tho' his heart and tongue 3. All things with thee are possible,
No temple is thy dwelling place, Thy will in heaven and earth is Thy worship cannot be confin’d: done:
By building shrines, where thou (veal,
shalt dwell, Thy wisdom's depths who can reOr who thy mind hath fully known? To such thou dost thy love reveal
Thy proper aim is ne'er attain'd; No limits thee can circumscribe,
As humbly on thy word depend. Thy kingdom everywhere extends; None can thy greatness e'er de- 7. Service, not gifts, thou dost dcscribe,
mand For thy dominion never ends. From man, this shall his profit be;
Salvation, life, flow from thy hand, ;6. Thou lov'st whate'er thy hands
(shine Throughout the universe.
7. With longing eyes thy creatures
On thee for daily food; (wait pose.
Thy liberal hand provides them 8. The seraphim with sweetest tone
meat, Express the glory of thy sway, And fills their mouths with good. The elders, kneeling at thy throne, Serve thee, and deepest homage 8. Sweet is the memory of thy grace, pay:
My God, my heavenly King; Like them, before thy majesty,
Let age to age thy righteousness With humble awe I sink asham'd;
In sounds harmonious sing. Thou art in truth, O Lord most 9. Creatures with all their endless
Thy power and praise proclaim;
152.* T. 22. 'Fore thee we prostrate fall, MONARCH of all, with humble In heaven and on earth ador'd,
(raise; As the great cause of all,
To thee heaven's hosts their voices 2. Thou canst not by our eyes be Ev'n earth and dust thy bounties Thou art a Spirit pure, (seen,
share: Who from eternity hast been,
Let earth and dust attempt thy And ever shalt endure.
praise. 3. Present alike in every place, 2. Before thy face, O Lord most Thy Godhead we adore ;
high, Beyond the bounds of time and Sinks all created glory down:
Thou dwellest evermore. (space Yet be not wroth with me, that I, 4. In wisdom infinite thou art,
Vile worm, draw near thy awful
throne. Thine eye doth all things see, And every thought of every heart 3. Of all thou the beginning art, Is fully known to thee.
Of all things thou alone the end: 5. Whate'er thou wilt, thou, Lord, On thee still fix my wavering heart, canst do
To thee let all my actions tend. Here and in heaven above; 4. Thou, Lord, art light: thy naBut chiefly we rejoice to know Almighty God is love.
No shade, no variation knows;
And we the living water taste: Heart and hands I lift with pleaLife, like a fountain rich and free, As a child in duty bound; (sure, Springs from thy presence, gracious Humbly I request the favour:
Grant me grace both day and And in thy light our souls shall see night The glories promis’d in thy word. Thee to love with all my might,
Watts. Till I change this infant savour
For that taste of bliss above, 155.* Perfect praise and endless love.
P. Gerhard. I WILL sing to my Creator, Unto God I'll render praise,
156. Who by every thing in nature IN thee I live, and move, and am;
Magnifies his tender grace: Thou number'st all my days: Nought but loving condescension
As thou renew'st my being, Lord, Still inclines his faithful heart
Let me renew thy praise. To support and take their part,
2. From thee I am, thro' thee I am, Who pursue his blest intention; All things to their period tend,
And for thee I must be: But his mercy has no end.
'Twere better for me not to live,
Than not to live to thee. 2. My soul's welfare he advances, 3. Naked I came into this world,
For my body he doth care: And nothing with me brought: Aid and comfort he dispenses, And nothing have I here deserv'd;
When I call on him by prayer: Yet I have lacked nought. When my natural strength is
4. I do not praise my labouring shrinking,
hand, In the time of utmost need, He, my God, draws nigh with Thy providence, most gracious God,
My labouring head, or chance: speed,
Is my inheritance.
5. Thy bounty gives me bread with
A table free from strife: (peace, 3. This I know with full conviction, Thy blessing is the staff of bread, As a maxim eve sure,
Which is the staff of life. Christian crosses and affliction
6. The daily favours of my God Do but for a time endure:
I cannot sing at large; After winter's frost and snowing
Yet humbly can I make this boast, Smiling summer then appears; I am the Almighty's charge.
After sadness, pains, and fears, 17. Lord, in the day thou art about Joyful comforts will be flowing:
The paths wherein I tread; All things &c.
And in the night, when I lie down, 4. Since nor end, nor bounds, nor
Thou art about my bed.
8. O let my house a temple be, In God's mercies can be found, That I and mine may sing
Hosannas to thy majesty,
And sav'd in many dangerous And praise our heavenly King. ways:
(stay, Erskine. He that makes God bis staff and
Builds not on sand that glides away. 157.*
2. What gain'st thou by thy anxious COMMIT thou every grievance
caring? Into his faithful hands,
What causes thee to pipe away? To his sure care and guidance,
Thy rest and health thou art imWho heaven and earth comFor he, the clouds' director, (mands: By sighs and groans from day to
(day: Whom winds and seas obey,
Thou art but adding grief to grief, Will be thy kind protector, And will prepare thy way:
Instead of getting sure relief.
3. O could we be resign’d and quiet, 2. Rely on God thy Saviour, So shalt thou safe go ou;
And rest in God's good providence, Build on his grace and favour,
Who oft prescribes us wholesome
diet, So shall thy work be done: Thou canst make no advances
In forms that please not flesh and By self-consuming care :
To him who chose us for his own, But he his help dispenses, When callid upon by prayer.
Our wants and cares are fully known. 3. Thy faithfulness eternal,
4. He knows the hours for joy and O Father, certainly
gladness, What's good or detrimental The proper time and proper place; Doth for thy children see:
Are we but faithful midst our sadThee all things serve in nature,
(praise ; According to thy will;
Seek not our pleasure, but his Thou, as the great Creator,
He'll come before we are aware, Thy counsel dost fulfil.
And dissipate our grief and care. 4. My soul, then, with assurance
5. Do thou with faith discharge thy Hope still, be not dismay’d;
(praise; He will from each encumbrance Keep God's commands, live to his Again lift up thy head:
Rely on him for preservation, Beyond thy wish extended On whom the whole creation stays: His goodness will appear,
The man that's truly wise and just, When he hath fully ended
Makes God, and God alone his trust. What caus'd thy needless fear.
G. Neumark. P. Gerhard.
WHEN all thy mercies, () my God, HE that confides in his Creator, My rising soul surveys, Depending on him all his days, Transported with the view, I'm lost Shall be preserv'd in fire and water, In wonder, love, and praise.