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III. GOD'S KNOWLEDGE OF OUR THOUGHTS,
WORDS, AND ACTIONS.
I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them,Ezek, xi, 5.
Thou, even Thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men, i Kings viji. 39.
* * * Yet not farewell our hope, since Thou hast
deigned, Creator of all hearts! to own, and share The woe of what Thou mad'st, and we have stain'd. Thou know’st our bitterness, our joys are Thinem No stranger Thou to all our wanderings wild: Nor could we bear to think how every line Of us, Thy darken'd likeness and defil'd, Stands in full sunshine of Thy piercing eye, But that Thou call'st us brethren: sweet repose Is in that word,—the Lord who dwells on high Knows all, yet loves us better than He knows.
His eye, which comprehending in one view
One glance of Thine eternal Lord
The mighty whole,-each smaller part,
And every thought of every heart
Tho' greatly from myself conceald,
Dread Omnipresent! who dost dwell
Each erring wish, each useless care,
To Thee in conscious weakness flies,
Guard well thy thought : our thoughts are heard in heaven.
IV. SIN; ITS NATURE AND CONSEQUENCES.
THERE is none that doeth good, no, not one.-Psalm xiv. 3.
How dreadful is the sinner's fate,
Who wakes to sleep no more,
When death hath shut the door!
But we who now Thy grace implore
Shall now admitted be,
Oh! say-what plea availing proves
To cancel guilt immense as mine?
To shew a pity so divine ?