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6 In gentler language, there the Lord
The counsel of his grace imparts:
Amidst the raging storm, his word
Speaks peace and courage to our hearts.
WILL extol thee, Lord, on high: At thy command diseases fly: Who but a God can speak and save From the dark borders of the grave?
2 Sing to the Lord, ye saints, and prove
How large his grace, how kind his love:
Let all your powers rejoice, and trace
The wondrous records of his grace.
3 His anger but a moment stays;
His love is life and length of days:
Though grief and tears the night employ,
The morning star restores the joy.
FIBM was my health, my day was bright, And I presumed 'twould ne'er be night;
Fondly I said within my heart,
“Pleasure and peace shall ne'er depart.”
2. But I forgot thine arm was strong,
Which made my mountain stand so long;
Soon as thy face began to hide,
My health was gone, my comforts died.
3 I cried aloud to thee, my God,
“What canst thou profit by my blood?
Deep in the dust can I declare
Thy truth, or sing thy goodness there?
4 “Hear me, O God of grace,” I said,
“And bring me from among the dead:”
Thy word rebuked the pains I felt,
Thy pardoning love removed my guilt.
5 My groans, and tears, and forms of woe,
Are turned to joy and praises now ;
I throw my sackcloth on the ground, And ease and gladness gird me round. 6 My tongue, the glory of my frame, Shall ne'er be silent of thy name: Thy praise shall sound thro’ earth and heaven, For sickness healed, and sins forgiven.
To thee, O God of truth and love,
My spirit I commit;
Thou hast redeemed my soul from death,
And saved me from the pit.
2 My times are in thy hand, I cried,
Though I draw near the dust:
Thou art the refuge where I hide
The God in whom I trust.
3 01 make thy reconciled face
Upon thy servant shine,
And save me, for thy mercy’s sake,
For I am wholly thine.
4 'Twas in my haste my spirit said,
“I must despair and die.
I am cut off before thine eyes;”
But thou hast heard my cry.
5 Thy goodness, how divinely free!
How sweet thy smiling face
To those that fear thy majesty,
And trust thy promised grace!
6 0 love the Lord, all ye his saints,
And sing his praises loud;
He'll bend his ear to your complaints,
And recompense the proud.
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WI Y heart rejoices in thy name,
My God, my heavenly trust;
Thou hast preserved my face from shame,
Mine honour from the dust.
2 “My life is spent with grief,” I cried,
“My years consumed in groans,
My strength decays, mine eyes are dried,
And sorrow wastes my bones.”
3 Among mine enemies my name
A proverb vile was grown,
While to my neighbours I became
Forgotten and unknown.
4 Slander and fear on every side
Seized and beset me round :
I to thy throne of grace applied,
And speedy rescue found.
5 How great deliverance thou hast wrought
Before the sons of men
The lying lips to silence brought,
And made their boasting vainl
6 Thy children from the strife of tongues
hall thy pavilion hide,
Guard them from infamy and wrongs,
And crush the sons of pride.
7 Within thy sacred presence, Lord,
Let me for ever dwell;
No fenced city, walled and barred,
Secures a saint so well.
O ! BLESSED souls are they
Whose sins are covered o'er ;
Divinely blest, to whom the Lord
Imputes their guilt no more.
2 They mourn their follies past,
And keep their hearts with care;
Their lips and lives without deceit
Shall prove their faith sincere.
3 While I concealed my guilt, I felt the festering wound,
Till I confessed my sins to thee,
And ready pardon found.
4 Let sinners learn to pray,
Let saints keep near the throne;
Our help in times of deep distress,
Is found in God alone.
LEST is the man, for ever blest, Whose guilt is pardoned by his God, Whose sins with sorrow are confessed, And covered with his Saviour's blood.
2 Before his judgment seat, the Lord
No more permits his crimes to rise;
He pleads no merit of reward,
And not on works, but grace, relies.
3. From guile his heart and lips are free;
His humble joy, his holy fear,
With deep repentance well agree,
And join to prove his faith sincere.
4 How glorious is that righteousness
That hides and cancels all his sins!
While a bright evidence of grace
Through all his life appears and shines.
RBIOICE, ye righteous, in the Lord,
This work belongs to you :
Sing of his name, his ways, his word,
How holy, just, and true !
2 His mercy and his righteousness
Let heaven and earth proclaim;
His works of nature, and of grace,
Reveal his wondrous name.
3 His word with energy divine,
Those heavenly arches spread,
Bade starry hosts around them shine,
And light the heavens pervade.
4 He taught the swelling waves to flow
To their appointed deep:
Bade raging seas their limits know,
And still their station keep.
5 Ye tenants of the spacious earth,
With fear before him stand;
IIe spake, and nature took its birth,
And rests on his command.
6 He scorns the angry nations' rage,
And breaks their vain designs;
His counsel stands through every age,
And in full glory shines.
E holy souls, in God rejoice,
Your Maker's praise becomes your voice;
Great is your theme, your songs be new ;
Sing of his name, his word, his ways,
His works of nature and of grace,
How wise and holy, just and true l
2 Behold, to earth's remotest ends,
His goodness flows, his truth extends;
His power the heavenly arches spread;
His word, with energy divine,
Bade starry hosts around them shine,
And light the circling heavens pervade.
3 His hand collects the flowing seas;
Those watery treasures know their place;
And fill the store-house of the deep :
He spake and gave all nature birth;
And fires, and seas, and heaven, and earth,
His everlasting orders keep.
4 Let mortals tremble and adore
A God of such resistless power,
Nor dare indulge their feeble rage:
Wain are your thoughts, and weak your hands,
But his eternal counsel stands,
And rules the world from age to age.