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2 We triumph in that shepherd's name,
Still watchful for our good,
And sealed it with his blood. 3 So may thy Spirit seal my soul,
And mould it to thy will,
fond heart no more may stray,
And press with vigour on,
And fix us near thy throne.
THE ATTRIBUTES, WORD, WORKS, PROVIDENCE, AND CHARACTERS OF GOD.
Attempts to look thy nature through:
Thy glories never can be known.
Who countless years his God has sought,
Or fully trace thy boundless mind.
Enough for mortal minds to know:
Through all thy works and conduct shine. 4 O, may our souls with rapture trace Thy works of nature and of
grace; Explore thy sacred name, and still Press on to know and do thy will!
Beyond archangels go -
Or to perfection know?
Above the creature's sight, And prostrate seraphim adore
The glorious Infinite. 3 Jehovah's everlasting days,
They cannot numbered be; Incomprehensible the space
Of thine immensity. 4 Thy wisdom's depths by reason's line
In vain we search to sound, Or stretch our labouring thought to assign
Omnipotence a bound.
Description far below;
How deep thy mercies flow.
Ånd dazzles all above;
30. L.M.- The Eternity and Immutability of God. Ps. cii. 25-28. 1 GREAT former of this various frame,
Our souls adore thine awful name!
The ancient of eternal days.
Saw'st nature rising yesterday,
3 Beyond an angel's vision bright,
Thou dwell'st in self-existent light,
While suns and worlds in smoke decay. 4 Our days a transient period run,
And change with every circling sun;
A moth can crush us into dust.
Let death consign us to the ground;
And melt the arches of the skies; 6 Calm as the summer's ocean, we
Can all the wreck of nature see,
31. C.M.- The Omniscience of God. Ps. xxxvii. 18. 1 TO thee, my God, my days are known,
My soul enjoys the thought;
Nor are my faults forgot.
Is vocal to thine ear;
Before thine eye appear.
Thy mercy shall approve;
And every care of love.
Is guided by thy rays;
A present God surveys.
5 Full in thy view through life I pass,
And in thy view I die;
Shall find my God is nigh.
My soul in smiles shall go,
L.M.- The Omnipresence of God.
Near whom no grief can long abide;
pass my years of banishment.
To souls impress'd with sacred love!
In heaven, in earth, or in the sea. 3 To me remains nor place nor time;
My country is in every clime;
shore since God is there. 4 While place we seek, or place we shun,
The soul finds happiness in none:
'Tis equal joy to go or stay.
That were indeed a dreadful lot;
L.M.- The Wisdom of God.
Tumultuous passions all be still!
2 He in the thickest darkness dwells,
Performs his work, the cause conceals;
Judgment and truth support his throne. 3 In heaven and earth, and air and seas,
He executes his wise decrees;
That what he does is ever best.
With reverence bow before his seat;
The Lord that o'er all nature reigns, The world's foundations strongly laid,
And the vast fabric still sustains. 2 How sure established is thy throne,
Which shall no change or period see,
Art King from all eternity. 3 The floods, O Lord, lift
their voice, And toss their troubled waves on high: But God above can still their noise,
And make the angry sea comply. 4 Thy promise, Lord, is ever sure,
And they that in thy house would dwell,
35. L.M.- The Greatness of God, and the meanness of the creatures.
Is. xl. 15-17.
1 YE weak inhabitants of clay,
Ye trifling insects of a day,