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2 These through fiery trials trod,
These from great affliction came;
Seal’d with his almighty name;
Victor-palms in every hand,
More than conquerors they stand. 3 Hunger, thirst, disease unknown,
On immortal fruits they feed;
Shall to living fountains lead:
Perfect love dispels all fears,
God shall wipe away their tears.
480. L.M.-On Opening a Place of Worship. The Church the Birth-place of the Saints. Ps. Ixxxvii. 5. 1 AND will the great eternal God
On earth establish his abode?
Avow our temples for his own?
And sing that condescending grace,
And call us, sinful mortals, near.
Long may they echo with thy praise!
4 Here let the great Redeemer reign,
With all the graces of his train;
To conquer foes, and cheer his friends. 5 And in the great decisive day,
When God the nations shall survey,
481. C.M.-On Opening a Place of Worship. 1 DEAR Shepherd of thy people, hear,
Thy presence now display;
So give us hearts to pray.
Our fainting hopes to raise;
That we may render praise.
And love, and concord, dwell;
The wounded spirit heal.
The humbled mind, bestow;
To make our graces grow!
In faith present our prayers; And, in the presence of our Lord,
Unbosom all our cares. 6 And may the gospel's joyful sound,
Enforc'd by mighty grace, Awaken many sinners round,
To come and fill the place.
L.M.-Re-opening a Place.
There they behold thy mercy-seat;
And every place is hallow'd ground. 2 For Thou, within no walls confin'd,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
And, going, take thee to their home. 3 Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few!
Thy former mercies here renew;
The sweetness of thy saving name. 4 Here may we prove the power
prayer, To strengthen faith, and sweeten care; To teach our faint desires to rise,
And bring all heaven before our eyes. 5 Behold! at thy commanding word,
We stretch the curtain and the cord;
And bless us with a large increase.
Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear; Oh, rend the heavens, come quickly down, And make a thousand hearts thine own!
483. L.M.- The Institution of a Gospel Ministry from Christ.
Eph. iv. 11, 12.
Smile on our homage, and our vows;
of our Saviour's care.
In splendid triumph o'er his foes,
3 Hence sprung the apostles' honour'd name,
Sacred beyond heroic fame;
Pastors from hence and teachers rise. 4 From Christ their varied gifts derive,
And fed by Christ their graces live;
'Midst all the rage of hell they stand. 5 So shall the bright succession run,
Through the last courses of the sun;
Shall rise and flourish large and fair. 6 Jesus our Lord their heart shall know,
The spring whence all these blessings flow: Pastors and people shout his praise Through the long round of endless days.
484. C.M.-- Prayer for a Pastor. Num. xxvii. 15-17. 1 FATHER of spirits, from thy hand,
Our souls immortal came; And still thine energy divine,
Supports the' ethereal flame. 2 By thee our spirits all are known,
And each remotest thought Lies wide-expanded to his eye,
By whom their powers were wrought. 3 To thee, when mortal comforts fail,
The flock deserted flies;
Our cheerful hope relies.
Thy dear assemblies mourn, In speedy tokens of thy grace,
O Israel's God return.
5 The powers of nature all are thine,
And thine the aids of grace;
Through every rising race.
And here thy suppliants bless,
Their accents of distress.
May this thy flock be fed:
To Zion's mountain led.
485. L.M.- The Goodness of God in giving Pastors after his own Heart.
Jer. iii. 15.
With constant care thy humble sheep;
To feed our souls, and bless our eyes. 2 To all thy churches such impart,
Modell’d by thy own gracious heart;
Men may attest, and God approve. . 3 Fed by their active, tender care,
Healthful may all thy sheep appear;
The way to Zion's pastures tread.
And scatter'd blessings on thy house;
As sheep without a guide deplore.
And bless the shepherd and the flock;