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Government and Providence of God.
130. C. M. JERVIS. The being, omnipresence, and providence of
God. 1 GREAT GOD! how vast is thine abode!
Mysterious are thy ways! Unseen, thy footsteps in the air,
And trackless in the seas. 2 Yet the whole peopled world bespeaks
Thy being and thy pow'r ; 'Midst the resplendent blaze of day,
And awful midnight hour. 3 Nor all the peopled world alone,
Rich fields and verdant plains, But lonely wilds by man untrod,
Where death-like silence reigns. 4 Tempests and storms that sweep the sky, And cataracts sublime ;
; Volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes,
That waste the torrid clime; 5 Vast caverns deep, and cloud-topt hills,
Huge mountains rude and bare, Terrific rocks and swelling waves
Thy grandeur all declare.
6 Through all creation's widest range
The hand of heav'n is near :
131. L.M. WATTS. The divine nature, providence, and grace. 1 PRAISE ye the LORD ; 'tis good to raise
Our hearts and voices in his praise :
To make this duty our delight. 2 Great is the LORD! and great his might,
And all his glories infinite :
A deep where all our thoughts are drown'd. 3 He loves the meek, rewards the just,
Humbles the wicked in the dust,
And makes the broken spirit whole. 4 The good are precious in his sight;
He views his children with delight;
132. C. M. WATTS. Fore-knowledge and providence of God. 1 LET the whole race of creatures lie
Abas'd before the LORD!
2 Ten thousand ages ere the skies
Were into motion brought; All the long years and worlds to come,
Stood present to his thought.
O’erlook'd in his decrees:
Or sinks with equal ease.
'Tis he provides the rays; And 'tis his hand that hides the sun,
If darkness cloud my days.
I would not wish to know
Awaits me here below. ,
Whate'er my lot shall be:
My soul for heav'n, and thee!
133. S. M. WATTS.
God's universal dominion.
Hath fix'd his throne on high ;
And all beneath the sky.
And swift to do his will!
Bless ye the Lord, whose voice ye hear,
Whose pleasure ye fulfil. 3 While all his wondrous works
Thro' his vast kingdom, show Their Maker's glory, thou, my soul!
Shalt sing his praises too.
134. C. M. WATTS.
God's eternal dominion.
How frail and helpless we!
And pay their praise to thee. 2 Thy throne eternal ages stood,
E’er seas or stars were made ; Thou art the everliving God,
Were all the nations dead. 3 Nature and time all open lie
To thine immense survey, From the formation of the sky,
To the last awful day.
Stands present to thy view ;
Great Gon! there's nothing new. 5 Our lives thro’ various scenes are drawn,
And vex'd with trifling cares,
Thinc undisturb'd affairs.
6 Great God! how infinite art thou!
How frail and helpless we!
And pay their praise to thee.
135. P. M. DODDRIDGE.
God's government Zion's joy. 1 YE subjects of the Lord, proclaim The royal honours of his name;
“ Jehovah reigns,” be all your song. 'Tis he thy God, o Zion, reigns. Prepare thy most harmonious strains,
Glad hallelujahs to prolong.
In lowly honour at his feet;
In self-sufficient glory great.
Down to the dust your sceptres bend; To everlasting years He reigns, And undiminish'd pomp maintains,
When kings, and suns, and time shall
end. 4 So shall his favour'd Zion live; In vain confed'rate nations strive
Her sacred turrets to destroy;