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FRIDAY MORNING. righteousness. Abopt us into the household ot' faith; and say to our souls, I am thy salva We would lift up our hearts, with or tion.
| hands, unto God in the heavens. Behotube We have often feared that we have no fore Thee a company of highly-indulged but part nor lot in the matter; and that our heart | sinful beings. If we say we have no sin, we is not right in the sight of God. We have deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. otten questioned whether we know any thing None of our fellow-creatures know hialf s of the new creature; whether we have ever much of our depravity as we ourselves knos; exercised repentance towards God, and faith and our knowledge is ignorance compared towards our Lord Jesus Christ. And what with thy wisdom. if after all our advantages, we should perish; Thou readest the heart. Thou viewest and after all our profession, have a name only actions in their principles and motives. Thou that we live while we are dead! O Lord, de seest more detilement in our duties than we cide our doubts, and bear witness with our ever saw in any of our sins. In thy sight the spirits that we are the children of God. heavens are not clean; and Thou chargesi
We would not deceive ourselves in a busi- | thine angels with folly. And if we hate our. ness of everlasting moment; but if we are in selves, and are ready to flee from ourselves a state of grace, enable us to know it, for our because of our abominations, how wonderful own comfort and the glory of thy great is it that Thou dost not abhor us, and swear name.
in thy wrath that we shall not enter inte thy And, O Lord, we pray that we may grow rest. in grace. If we have the reality of religion, But, be astonished, O heavens, and wonder, how far are our works from being found per-| 0 earth! instead of such a deserved exclufect before God! Strengthen in us the things sion, Thou hast even devised means that thy that remain that be ready to die; and help banished be not expelled from Thee means us to reach after the higher attainments and the most astonishing and glorious, and which privileges of the divine life. May we be fol- the angels desire to look into. For Thou has lowers of God as dear children, and feel it so loved the world, as to give thine only bethe joy of our lives to be holy as Thou art gotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him holy, and merciful as Thou art merciful. May should not perish but have everlasting life. thine eye be more to us than the inspection In Him mercy and truth meet together, rigbiof all our fellow-creatures; and thy approba- eousness and peace kiss each other; and thy tion be dearer than the applause of a thou-honour is not only secured, but prominently sand worlds.
displayed, even in our escape from thine ova May no grace of the Spirit be wanting or threatenings. In Him the enslaved can find weak in us; may no duty of our calling be redemption, the guilty pardon, the unbols neglected, or carelessly performed. May our renovation. In Him are everlasting strength faith be a strong faith, our hope a lively hope, for the weak, and unsearchable riches for the our charity a fervent charity, our conversa- needy ; in Him we find all the treasures of tion a conversation becoming the gospel of wisdom and knowledge for the ignorant; in Christ. May we stand complete in all the Him all fulness dwells. will of God; and may our light so shine be- We bless Thee for the provision which fore men, that they may see our good works thine infinite goodness has made for our everand glorify our Father who is in heaven. lasting welfare; and for the gospel of our
May we long to serve our generation ac- salvation which makes it known ; and which cording to thy will; may wisdom select and not only reveals it to our view, but proposés regulate our means, and a blameless and it to our hope, and presses it upon our acceptlovely consistency of character give weight ance. to our endeavours. And may all our works O Lord, at thy gracious call we hear, we begin, continue, and end in Thee. On Thee look, we come, we apply, we receive. We may we depend for light to know, and dispo not only submit to the scheme of mercy, but sition to choose, and strength to perform, and we acquiesce in it; we glory in the cross of submission to suffer, and patience to wait. our Lord Jesus Christ; we joy in God through
And when we have done all, may we ac- our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have now knowledge that we are unprofitable servants, received the atonement. We bless Thee that and confess that we deserve condemnation for in this grace we stand: Thou hast rendered the defects of our obedience, rather than a the blessings as secure as they are glorious; reward for its excellency. And looking off and we are persuaded that neither death, nor from our duties as well as our sins, to find a life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, foundation for our hope, may we rejoice in nor things present, nor things to come, nor Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the height, nor depth, nor any other creature, flesh. And may our persons and services be shall be able to separate us from the love of accepted in the beloved—To whom be glory God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. | Yea for ever blessed be thy name, Thou
hast not only provided for our safety, but our | Him that speaketh from heaven. And all that prosperity. Thou hast not only promised Thou hast kindly employed to enforce the that the righteous shall hold on their way, messages of thy word we have disregarded; but wax stronger and stronger. Thou dost for we have contemned the examples of the not despise the day of small things; but good, the admonitions of friendship, the reThou givest more grace; and hast command proaches of conscience, the rebukes of thy ed us to ask and receive that our joy may be providence, and the strivings of thy Holy full.
Spirit; and well do we deserve that the kingAnd now, O Lord, what shall we render for dom of God should be taken away from us. all thy benefits towards us? We can never let us not confess our sins without feeling discharge the obligations we are under, but and lamenting them, but with a broken heart we pray that we may be sensible of them; and a contrite spirit, with self-abhorrence, and though we can make no adequate, may self-condemnation, and self-despair. we make suitable returns; and ever ask from And under a deep impression of our guilt, the heart, as well as with the lip, Lord, what may we seek relief alone from Him who is the wilt Thou have me to do?
hope and the consolation of Israel. Viewing And may we show forth thy praise. May Him as dying for the ungodly, may we believe we speak well of thy name. May we be con- in his name. May we know that He bare our cerned to bring others to love and serve sins in his own body on the tree, and that by Thee; and to share with us in all the good his stripes we are healed. And may we find which Thou hast spoken concerning Israel. in Him, not only righteousness but strength.
0 let our children be thy children, our May He impart to us, not only forgiveness of friends thy friends, our servants thy servants. sins, but repentance unto life. May we never
May our neighbours, and our enemies too, separate in our regards, what He has joined be visited with thy salvation.
together in the scripture ; nor suppose that Dwell in our families. Let thy goings be we are justified by his blood, unless we are seen in our sanctuaries. Let the people praise sanctified by his Spirit. Thee, O God, yea let all the people praise We believe we can never be happy in sin, Thee. Let the whole earth be filled with and we do not desire it: Lord, deliver us thy glory.
from it, and lead us in the way everlasting. Bless the Lord, ye his angels that excel in Make us holy like thyself, that we may be strength, that do his commandments heark- made happy in thyself. We are naturally ening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye disqualified for all communion with a holy the Lord, all ye his hosts, ye ministers of his God; work in us to will and to do of thy good that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his pleasure; produce in us those principles and works, in all places of his dominion. Bless dispositions which will attach us to thyself as the Lord, O my soul. Amen, and Amen. our exceeding joy; and enable us to say,
Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and
there is none upon earth that I desire beside FRIDAY EVENING.
Under all our ignorance, weakness, fears, AGAIN, O Lord of all, we desire to bow in and depressions, may thy Spirit help our thy presence. May we approach Thee with infirmities with supplies of wisdom, strength, all the encouragements that can be derived and comfort from thy character as the God of love. We May we faithfully study our character, and are not left to feel after Thee in the dark- be always willing to come to the light, that if ness of nature; nor to worship Thee as the evil our deeds may be reproved. May we unknown God. We cannot find Thee out peculiarly observe ourselves under the opeunto perfection; but we know that Thou art | | ration of those events which are designed to good and ready to forgive, and plenteous in try us; that we may judge of the reality and mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. degree of our grace. May we often review
For Thou hast given us thy word, which life, and see how we have at any time been Thou hast magnified above all thy name; and ensnared or overcome, that we may in future Thou hast favoured us with the gospel, which become more wise and circumspect. And has turned the dawn of Judaism into perfect while we wateh, may we also pray lest we day : so that on us who were sitting in dark- enter into temptation. May we never trust ness and the shadow of death, has risen a in our own hearts, nor depend upon any past great light, the light of life.
experience or present resolution, but be But we acknowledge how ungratefully we strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. have received the benefit, and how little we Thus far Thou hast helped us. Hitherto have improved our privileges to the purposes our enemies have not triumphed over us. for which they have been given. We have And though we have seen many decline from made light of these things though angels de- their profession, we hope if Thou wert to ask, sire to look into them; we have neglected the Will ye also go away? we should be able to great salvation; we have turned away from say, with more conviction and affection than ever, Lord, to whom should we go but unto! May we be made the partakers of Christ Thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life. and not only of his righteousness but of his Thou hast been with us in trouble; and many Spirit ; that we may be not only pardoned a shadow of death hast Thou turned into the but renewed; and not only have a title to morning. We can now discern thy wisdom heaven but a meetness for it. No longer and kindness in dispensations which once alienated from the life of God, may our mediperplexed and dismayed us: and what we tations of Thee be sweet, and may we draw know not now we shall know hereafter. near to Thee as to our exceeding joy. May
Never leave us nor forsake us; but sup- we contide in thy promises, and rely on thy port and lead us through all these dark and constant protection and care. May we be sorrowful regions; and enable us with con devoted to thy service, and find it perfect fidence to hail the hour when our sun shall freedom. May we love obedience: may thy no more go down, nor our moon withdraw law be within our heart. herself; for the Lord shall be our everlasting Let thy cause be dear to our souls. We light, and the days of our mourning shall be pray that thy word may have free course and ended
be glorified. Let thy church not only be We implore it through the intercession multiplied in number, but increased in knowof Him who gave himself for our sins, that ledge and sanctity and peace and concord and He might deliver us from this present evil joy, so that it may be a pruise in the whole world according to the will of God and our earth. Let the light of the moon be as the Father; to whom be glory for ever and ever. light of the sun, and the light of the sun be Amen.
sevenfold, as the light of seven days. For brass, bring gold; and for iron, silver; and
for wood, brass; and for stones, iron. SATURDAY MORNING.
Thou dost not stand in need of us; but
in thy condescension and wisdom Thou art LET not the Lord be angry, while we, who pleased to make use of means, and we desire are but dust and ashes, take upon us to speak the honour and happiness of being instruunto the living God. Pardon our unworthi- ments in thy hand." Lord, what wilt Thou ness-help our infirmities; and hearken unto have us to do? We would value every day the voice of our cry, our King and our God, afforded us as a new period of usefulness for unto Thee will we pray.
May we be anxious to accomplish all we can Thou art good to all, and we have largely to alleviate human wo, and to advance the shared with thy creatures the bounties of thy temporal and spiritual welfare of all around providence. But remember us with the fa- | us. vour Thou bearest unto thy people. We bless And may we not only be zealous, but per. Thee for characterizing them; and we bless severing. May we never be discouraged, Thee that Thou hast placed the distinction never grow weary in well-doing. While in no high and discouraging attainments: for many go back after following the Saviour, Thou takest pleasure in them that fear Thee; may we cleave to him with purpose of heart, in them that hope in thy mercy. May these and at last hear Him say, Ye are they who dispositions be found in each of us. May have continued with me in my temptation, we dread thine anger, revere thy perfections, and I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my stand in awe of thy majesty, and tremble at Father also hath appointed unto me. thy word. And hide not thy mercy from us: We would not forget the afflicted. Hear enable us to trust in it and to plead it; and the sighing of the needy; cause the widow's with a broken heart and a contrite spirit may heart to sing for joy; and in Thee may the we earnestly cry, God be merciful to me a fatherless find mercy. Remove indisposition sinner. In how many ways do we need the and disease from those who are exercised exercise of it! But Thou art rich in mercy; thereby, or assure them of that world where Thou art abundant in mercy; Thou delight the inhabitant no more says, I am sick. est in mercy.
Be with us all through the changing scenes We are all so many proofs of this. Because of life, and at the hour of dissolution : when thy compassions fail not we are not con- heart and flesh fail be Thou the strength of sumed. Our forfeite:) lives have not only our heart and our portion for ever. If death been continued, but crowned with thy good should be sudden, let it not find us unpreness. Thou hast provided for our souls as pared; if it should be awful in the apprehenwell as for our bodies; and we hear a thousand sion, let it be safe in the result; and if we voices inviting us to the feast, and saying, cannot depart in triumph, may we expire in Come, for all things are now rea:ly. Thanks humble hope. be unto God for his unspeakable gift: we And through eternal ages may it be our bless Thee for a Saviour, who died for our privilege to unite with those who are singing, sins, and rose again for our justification, and Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from is now ascended far above all heavens that our sins in his own blood, and hath made us He might fill all things.
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-to Him be glory and dominion for ever and may we learn in whatsoever state we are ever. Amen.
therewith to be content; yea in everything may we give thanks.
- May we not only submit to our trials, but SATURDAY EVENING.
be grateful for them. They are designed for
our profit, that we may be partakers of thy O LORD God of Hosts: Thou hast esta- | holiness. They evince a care of which we blished thy throne in the heavens, and thy are unworthy, and which we have never prokingdom ruleth over all. It is a source of joy perly repaid. Lord, what is man, that Thou to our minds, and of encouragement to our shouldst magnify him; that Thou shouldst hopes, that the Lord God Omnipotent reign- set thy heart upon him; that Thou shouldst eth. In thy greatness we see thy all-suffi- visit him every morning, and chasten him ciency to accomplish all that Thou hast pro- every moment. So impatient and wayward mised, to confer upon us all we need, and to and foolish have we been under thy hand, do for us exceeding abundantly above all we that we have forfeited all claim to the rod, can ask or think.
and deserve to be stricken no more. It would It is therefore good for us to draw near to be just in Thee to say, They are joined to idols, Thee; and it is our mercy to know that we let them alone. But, O Lord, abandon us not can approach Thee with confidence of ac- to ourselves; treat us not with neglect. Emceptance and success; founded not on any ploy whatever means are necessary to save worthiness or works of our own, but on thine and sanctify our souls. Try us as Thou own grace in the appointment of a Mediator, pleasest; only while we are chastened of the who has put away sin by the sacrifice of him-Lord, let us not be condemned with the self, and opened a new and living way into wicked. the holiest of all by his own blood.
Humble us under a view of our depravity We have no other name to plead, and we through another day and another week, which need no other. Behold, O God, our shield, is now hastening to join the days and weeks and look upon the face of thine Anointed; before the flood. Who can understand his and for his sake, who groaned in the garden errors? In many things we all offend. Hide and died upon the cross, and now appears in thy face from our sins. Heal our backslidthy presence for us, pardon our iniquity, for ings, and receive us graciously ; so will we it is great: cleanse us from all unrighteous render the calves of our lips. ness; deliver us from the power of darkness; ! On the coming day, let thy good Spirit and translate us into the kingdom of thy dear lead us to thy holy hill and to thy tabernacle. Son.
May we go unto the altar of God as to our May we no longer be strangers and foreign- exceeding joy, and taste the blessedness of ers, but fellow-citizens with the saints and of those that dwell in thy house and are still the household of God; and because we are praising Thee. Teach us to value properly sons, send forth the spirit of thy Son into our ihe means of grace, and be concerned to dehearts, crying, Abba, Father. May our inter- rive from them the benefit they are designed course with Thee be free and delightful and to afford. May we remember our accountconstant; and not on peculiar occasions only, ableness for them. May we remember that but in every thing by prayer and supplication they never leave us as they find us; but alwith thanksgiving, may we make known our ways prove the savour of life unto life, or of requests unto Thee. May we live in thy pre death unto death. sence.
Let not our attendance add to our sin and May we walk with God, and walk humbly condemnation. Let us not sing without dewith God; sensible of our deficiencies and votion, pray without desire, and hear in vain; desert; admiring thy condescension and pa- but be found in the number of those who tience; and bowing to all thy dispensations know the joyful sound, and walk in the fear without murmuring or repining
of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy May we walk circumspectly, not as fools | Ghost. but as wise, redeeming the time. May we And may those who will not be able to be zealous in the discharge of all those duties, hear the word, hear the rod, and hear it saythe performance of which depends on a sea-ing, As many as I love I rebuke and chasten. son so fleeting and precarious. May we con- Let meditation and reading and pious consider one another, and provoke one another versation, and above all thy special presence, to love and to good works; not forsaking the be substitutes for public ordinances. Thus assembling of ourselves together as the man- send portions to those for whom nothing is ner of some is, but exhorting one another, prepared; and let them that tarry at home and so much the more as we see the day ap- divide the spoil. And have mercy upon all proaching.
men, as we implore it through the mediation Enable us to realize the universality and of the ever blessed Redeemer. In whose perfection of thy agency in all our affairs; l words we address Thee–Our Father, &c. and since all thy ways are mercy and truth, I Amen.
SIXTH WEEK. - | ple; and are we unfit for services which re
quire a spirituality to which we are naturally
averse? Our encouragement is in the all-suiSUNDAY MORNING.
ficiency of thy grace; and therefore blessed O God, Thou hast made, and Thou uphold be thy name, we go with a lively hope deest all things by the word of thy power. The rived from thy own promise, In all places day is thine, the night is also thine; and by where I record thy name, I will come unto thy wise and kind appointment they are also thee and I will bless thee. Save now, O Lord rendered ours—The night to wipe off from we beseech Thee; O Lord we beseech Thee our minds the cares of the day; to refresh our send now prosperity. wearied bodies; and to renew our natural We cast our eyes over a world lying in strength—and the day to summon us to new wickedness; and our compassion and zeal are activities, and to afford us opportunities to awakened. How many are perishing with glorify our heavenly Benefactor, to serve our hunger, while there is bread enough and to generation, and to acquire knowledge, holi- spare in our Father's house. How many are ness and everlasting life.
suffering under the miseries of this life, and To these duties every morning calls us; the fears of another, but they have no combut this is the day which the Lord hath made forter. The captive exiles hasten that they more peculiarly for his own honour and our may be loosed, and that they may not lose improvement; and therefore we will rejoice their life in the pit; and by their condition, and be glad in it. It brings to our remem- if not by their consciousness of it, are safe brance the creation of the world, when God ing, Come over and help us. O send out thy rested from all his works which He had light and thy truth, that all nations whom made, and pronounced them to be very good. Thou hast made may come and worship beAnd there is none like unto Thee, O Lord, fore Thee and glorify thy name. We bless among the gods, neither are there any works Thee that so many Societies have been formlike unto thy works: they proclaim thy eter-ed for this noble purpose; and that so many nal power and godhead, so that we should be have counted the cost, and have gone forth without excuse were we not to glorify Thee to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchas God. But Thou hast said, Behold, I create able riches of Christ. And we bless Thee for new heavens and a new earth, and the for- the smiles with which Thou hast crowned mer shall not be remembered nor come into their efforts. Thou hast risen up out of thy mind. We adore Thee therefore as the God place. Thou hast made bare thy arm in the and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who sight of all the nations. Kings of armies do having finished the work that was given him flee apace, and she that tarries at home dito do, entered into his rest: we call to our vides the spoil—and princes shall come out minds a risen Saviour, who has obtained eter- of Egypt; and Ethiopia shall soon stretch nal redemption for us; who dieth no more; forth her hands unto God; and all the ends who must reign till all his enemies are made of the earth shall see his salvation, for the his footstool.
mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. May we enter into his rest and find it to be God save the king; and render him equal glorious. May we cease from all the wretch- to all the importance and responsibility of his ed attempts to deliver and save ourselves; exalted station : and may he reign not only and believe in the name of the only begotten over a great and mighty empire, but over a Son of God; that being justified by faith we moral and holy people, whose God is the may have peace through the blood of the Lord. Clothe thy priests with righteousness; cross; and standing in his grace rejoice in let thy saints shout aloud for joy; let thy poor hope of the glory that shall be revealed. be satisfied with bread. Let the blind and the
We feel our depravity as well as our guilt; lame come to Jesus in the temple and be heal. and therefore we pray, not only that Thou ed. May private trials subserve the designs wilt forgive us our sins, but cleanse us from of public instruction; and thy own presence all unrighteousness. Create in us a clean make the chamber of sickness and the dwellheart; renew in us a right spirit; and in sim-ing-place of sorrow, the house of God and the plicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly gate of heaven. And prevent us, O Lord, in wisdom but by thy grace, may we have our all our doings by thy most gracious favour : conversation in the world.
and further us with thy continual help; that We rejoice that the tabernacle of God is in all our works begun, continued, and ended with men; and we bless Thee that Thou hast in Thee, we may glorify thy holy name; and said, Let them make me a sanctuary that I finally obtain everlasting life, through Jesus may dwell among them. We are now to re- Christ our Lord: to whom be glory for ever pair from the retirement of the closet and the and ever. Amen. family altar, to the habitation of thy house, and to mingle with the multitude that keep
SUNDAY EVENING. holy-day. We are unworthy to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his tem-! PRAISE waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion,