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117 EXHORTATION TO PERSEVERANCE.
, As ye journey, sweetly sing: Sing your Saviour's worthy praise,
Glorious in his works and ways. 2 Ye are travelling home to God,
In the way the fathers trod;
Soon their happiness shall see. 3 O ye mourning souls be glad;
Christ our Advocate is made ;
Brother to our souls becomes.
Soon you'll enter into rest;
There your kingdom and reward. 5 Fear not, brethren, joyful stand
On the borders of your land;
Bids us undismayed go on.
Gladly leaving all below;
Their humble praises bring.
2 'Tis his almighty love,
His counsel and his care, Preserves us safe from sin and deata,
And every hurtful snare.
3 He will present our souls,
Unblemished and complete, Before the glory of his face,
With joys divinely great.
4 Then all the chosen seed
Shall meet around the throne; Shall bless the conduct of his grace,
And make his wonders known.
5 To our Redeemer God,
Wisdom and power belongs, Immortal crowns of majesty,
And everlasting songs.
SAFETY OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
FIRM as the earth thy gospel stands, If I am found in Jesus' hands,
My soul can ne'er be lost.
2 His honour is engaged to save
The meanest of his sheep;
His hands securely keep.
3 Nor death nor hell shall e'er remove
His favourites from his breast; In the dear bosom of his love,
They must for ever rest.
120 Security of the BELIEVER. L. M.
OW oft have sin and Satan strove Ho
To rend my soul from thee, my God! But everlasting is thy love,
And Jesus seals it with his blood. 2 The oath and promise of the Lord
Join to confirm his wondrous grace:
And fills all heaven with endless praise. 3 Amidst temptations sharp and long,
My soul to this dear refuge flies;
While tempests blow and billows rise. 4 The gospel bears my spirit up;
A faithful and unchanging God
In oaths, and promises, and blood. 121
TRIUMPHANT GRACE. C. M.
Was blind, but now I see.
And grace my fears relieved:
The hour I first believed !
I have already come;
And grace will lead me home.
His word my hope secures ;
As long as life endures.
5 And when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease ; I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The sun forbear to shine,
Will be for ever mine.
On sovereign grace rely ;
On one so vile as I.
2 Election! 'tis a word divine :
For, Lord, I plainly see,
I ne'er had chosen thee.
3 For perseverance, strength I've none,
But would on this depend,
Will love them to the end.
For righteousness divine:
By imputation, mine.
From my lamenting eyes :
To joy that never dies.
And take the sting away;
And give them victory.
123 THE LAW AND GOSPEL CONTRASTED. S. M. THE law by Moses came,
But peace, and truth, and love Were brought by Christ, a nobler name,
Descending from above. 2 Amidst the house of God,
Their different works were done ; Moses a faithful servant stood,
But Christ, a faithful Son.
3 Then to his new commands
Be strict obedience paid ;
The sovereign and the head. 4 The man that durst despise
The law that Moses brought, Behold, how terribly he dies,
For his presumptuous fault. 5 But sorer vengeance falls
On that rebellious race,
And dare resist his grace. 124 THE LAW AND GOSPEL CONTRASTED. L. M. THE law commands and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe; But'tis the gospel must reveal
Where lies our strength to do his will. 2 The law discovers guilt and sin,
And shows how vile our hearts have been :
love and cleansing grace.