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Where there are works to make him known, Or saints to love the Lord.
684. Trusting in God. [Ps. 37. i. 685.
Trust in God.
Ps. 55. ii. 1. Why should I vex my soul and fret 1. God shall preserve my soul from fear, To see the wicked rise !
Or shield me when afraid; Or envy sinners waxing great,
Ten thousand angels must appear, By violence and lies ?
If he command their aid. 2. As flowery grass, cut down at noon,
2. By morning light I'll seek his face, Before the evening fades,
At noon repeat my cry, So shall their glories vanish soon,
The night shall hear me ask his grace,
Nor will he long deny. In everlasting shades.
3. I cast my burdens on the Lord, 3. Then let me make the Lord my trust,
The Lord sustains them all ;
My courage rests upon his word,
That saints shall never fall. And he'll provide me food.
4. My highest hopes shall not be vain; 4. I to my God my ways commit,
My lips shall spread his praise;
While cruel and deceitful men
686. Divine Protection. Ps. 121. iii. 6. Mine innocence shalt thou display,
1. I to the hills will lift my sight,
From which my help is given;
My help is from Jehovah's might,
Who made the earth and heaven. 6. The meek at last the earth possess, 2. He will not rest, or cease to keep And are the heirs of heayen;
Thy footsteps from the snare:
He will not rest, he will not sleep,
While Israel is his care.
3. Jehovah, as a shade, shall run,
Attendant on thy right;
And from the moon by night.
Shall still thy soul befriend;
Till time shall have an end.
4. O, while I breathe to thee, my Lord,
The deep, repentant sigh,
With pity in thine eye.
Rejoice to seek thy face;
Thy condescending grace.
687. An unconverted State. Dy. 212. 689. Childhood of Jesus. Hy. 584. 1. Great King of glory and of grace! 1. O WISDOM! whose unfading power We own with bumble shame,
Beside th’ Eternal stood,
To frame, in nature's earliest hour,
The land, the sky, the flood ;-
An infant form to wear,
To bless thy mother with thy smile,
And lisp thy faltered prayer. 8. We live estranged afar from God,
3. But, in thy Father's own abode,
With Israel's elders round,
Thy chiefest joy was found. 4. And can such rebels be restored?
4. So may our youth adore thy name! Such natures made divine ?
And Saviour! deign to bless
With fostering grace the timid flame
Of early holiness. 5. We raise our Father's name on high,
690. Who his own Spirit sends,
For a national Fast. Hy. 616. To bring rebellious strangers nigh, 1. COME, let our souls adore the Lord, And turn his foes to friends.
Whose judgments yet delay;
Who yet suspends the lifted sword, 688. Penitence and Hope. Hy. 427. And gives us leave to pray. 1. Dear Saviour, when my thoughts recall | 2. Great is our guilt, our fears are great, The wonders of thy grace,
But let us not despair;
Still open is the mercy-seat
To penitence and prayer.
This blesséd hope, we owe;
O let thy merits plead above,
While we implore below. 8. But he, for his own mercy's sake,
4. Though justice near thy awful throno
Attends thy dread command,
Lord, hear thy servants, hear thy Son,
And save a guilty land.
691. God's Perfections. Ps. 111. ii. 1. Great is the Lord: his works of might
Demand our noblest songs;
Their harmony of tongues.
He gives his children food;
He makes his promise good.
To seal his covenant sure:
His ways are just and pure.
Must with his fear begin ;
In hating every sin. 692.
2. God in Nature. [Hy. 66. 1. The Lord our God is Lord of all;
His station who can find ?
I hear him in the wind.
His face I eannot fly;
And in the morning sky.
3. He smiles, we live; he frowns, we die;
We hang upon his word;
We fall before his sword.
Then, when his thunders cease,
And lulls the winds to peace. 693. God Omnipresent. [Hy. 68. 1. JEHOVAH, God! thy gracious power
On every hand we see;
Lead all our thoughts to thee!
To earth's remotest bound,
Thine arm our path surround.
And reaches to the skies;
Thy goodness never dies.
Thy hand, O God, we see;
Proceec alone from thee.
6. In all the varying scenes of time,
4. Nor time, nor distance, e'er shall quench On thee our hopes depend;
The fervor of his love;
For us he died in kindness here,
For us he lives above.
Nor blush to bear his name ; 1. The head that once was crowned with thorns Still may our hearts hold fast his faithIs crowned with glory now;
Our lips his praise proclaim.
Gratitude and Hope. Hy. 334. 2. The highest place that heaven affords, 1. Thanks to my God, for every gift Is his by sovereign right;
His bounteous hands bestow;
And thanks eternal, for that love,
Whence all those comforts flow. 3. The joy of all who dwell above,
2. Forever let my grateful heart The joy of all below,
His boundless grace adore, To whom he manifests his love,
Which gives ten thousand blessings now, And grants his name to know.
And bids me hope for more. 4. To them the cross, with all its shame, 3. Transporting hopel still on my soul With all its grace, is given;
Let the sweet radiance shine,
Till hope itself is lost in joys,
Immortal and divine. 6. They suffer with their Lord below,
697. They reign with him above;
[Hy. 687. Their profit and their joy to know
1. Once more, my soul, the rising day The mystery of his love.
Salutes thy waking eyes; 6. To them the cross is life and health,
Once more, my voice, thy tribute pay
To bim that rules the skies.
The day renews the sound,
Wide as the heaven on which he sits, 695. Our High Priest. Hy. 169. To turn the seasons round. 1. Come, let us join our song of praise 3. 'T is he supports my mortal frame; To our ascended Priest;
My tongue shall speak his praise; He entered heaven, with all our names
My sins would rouse his wrath to flame, Engraven on his breast.
And yet his wrath delays. 2. Below he washed our guilt away,
4. A thousand wretched souls are fled By bis atoning blood;
Since the last setting sun: Now he appears before the throne,
And yet thou lengthenest out my thread, And pleads our cause with God.
And yet my moments run. 8. Clothed with our nature still, he knows 5. Great God, let all my hours be thine, The weakness of our frame,
While I enjoy the light; And how to shield us from the foes
Then shall my sun in smiles decline, Whom he himself o'ercame.
And bring a pleasant night.
698. Christ our Righteousness. [Ps. 71. iv.( 699. Gratitude.
Hy. 87. 1. My Saviour, my Almighty Friend, 1. WHEN all thy mercies, O my God, When I begin thy praise,
My rising soul surveys,
In wonder, love, and praise. 2. Thou art my everlasting trust,
2. Unnumbered comforts on my soul Thy goodness I adore ;
Thy tender care bestowed,
Before my infant heart conceived
From whom those comforts flowed. 3. My feet shall travel all the length
3. When in the slippery paths of youth of the celestial road;
With heedless steps I ran, And march with courage in thy strength, Thine arm, unseen, conveyed me safe, To see my Father, God.
And led me up to man. 4. When I am filled with sore distress, 4. Ten thousand thousand precious gifts For some surprising sin,
My daily thanks employ; I'll plead thy perfect righteousness,
Nor is the least a cheerful heart, And mention none but thine.
That tastes those gifts with joy. 6. How will my lips rejoice to tell
6. Through every period of my life, The victories of my King!
Thy goodness I'll pursue; My soul, redeemed from sin and hell,
And after death, in distant worlds,
The glorious theme renew. 6. Awake, awake, my tuneful powers; 6. Through all eternity, to thee With this delightful song
A joyful song I 'll raise: I'll entertain the darkest hours,
But oh! eternity's too short Nor think the season long.
To utter all thy praise.