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77. Reliance on God's Promise. (Gen. xxvii. 6–12.)
WHITBY. S. M.
PUT thou thy trust in God;
In duty's path go on;
Walk in his strength with faith and hope,
So shall thy work be done.
Commit thy ways to him ;
Thy works into his hands;
And rest on his unchanging word,
Who heaven and earth commands.
Though years on years roll on,
His cov'nant shall endure;
Though clouds and darkness hide his path,
The promis'd grace is sure.
Through waves, and clouds, and storms,
His power will clear thy way:
Wait thou his time; the darkest night
Shall end in brightest day. 78. For Integrity and Purity. (Gen. xxvii. 13.)
BEDFORD. C. M.
OH that the Lord would guide my ways,
To keep his statutes still;
Oh that my God would grant me grace,
To know and do his will !
Send thy good Spirit down to write
Thy law upon my heart;
Nor let my tongue indulge deceit,
Nor act the liar's part.
Order my footsteps by thy word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.
Help me to walk in thy commands,
And love the heav'nly road;
Nor let my lips, or heart, or hands,
Offend against my God.
79. For the Holy Spirit's Guidance. (Collect.)
ISLINGTON. L. M.
COME, gracious Spirit! heav'nly Dove!
With light and comfort from above:
Be thou our guardian, thou our guide,
O'er ev'ry thought and step preside.
The light of truth to us display,
And make us know and love thy way;
Plant holy fear in ev'ry heart,
That we from God may ne'er depart.
Defend our souls with heav'nly care;
Keep us from ev'ry hurtful snare;
Lead us to Christ, the living way,
Nor let us from his precepts stray.
Lead us to God, our only rest,
To be with him for ever blest;
Lead us to heaven, that we may share
Fulness of joy for ever there. 80. Mercies obtained by persevering Prayer.
(Matt. xv. 21.)
ANGELS' SONG. L. M.
WHAT various bindrances we meet,
In coming to the mercy-seat:
Yet who, that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there?
Restraining prayer, we cease to fight :
Prayer makes the Christian's armour bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.
Have we no words? O! think again,
Words flow apace when we complain,
And fill our fellow-creature's ear
With the sad tale of all our care.
Were half the breath, thus vainly spent,
To heaven in supplication sent;
Our cheerful song would oft'ner be,
- Hear what the Lord hath done for me !",
Hatred of Sin. (Eph. v. 1-10
st. David's. C.M.
WITH my whole heart I seek thy face;
Lord, let me never stray,
Nor grieve the Spirit of thy grace,
Nor tread the sinners' way.
My heart with solemn rev'rence hears
The precepts of thy word;
My soul with holy trembling fears
The judgments of the Lord.
Did not the Saviour shed his blood,
To cleanse from ev'ry sin ?
That blood apply, most gracious God;
O make me wholly clean!
82. Perseverance in holy Duties. (Luke xi. 28.)
KINGTON. P. M.
O GOD! my inmost soul convert,
And deeply on my thoughtful heart
Eternal things impress :
Give me to feel their solemn weight,
To tremble at the sinner's fate,
And wake to righteousness.
Be this my one great business here,
With holy jealousy and fear
To make my calling sure:
Thine utmost counsel to fulfil,
To suffer all thy righteous will,
And to the end endure.
Then, Saviour, then my soul receive,
Transported from this vale to live,
And reign with thee above;
With thee, where faith is lost in sight,
And hope, in full supreme delight,
And everlasting love.
83. Jehovah the good Man's Refuge and Safety.
(Gen. xxxix. 21-23.)
WILTSHIRE. c. M.
O GOD, most high, the soul that knows
Thine all-sustaining power,
Shall dwell in undisturb'd repose,
Nor fear the trying hour.
Angels, unseen, attend thy saints,
And bear them in their arms,
To cheer the spirit when it faints,
And guard their life from harms.
And thou, almighty God, art nigh
To them that love thy name;
Thy power shall save them when they cry,
And put their foes to shame.
Crosses and trials are their lot
Through all their sojourn here;
But, Saviour, since thou changest not,
Thy saints should never fear.
84. Firm Trust in God. (Gen. xlii. 36.)
BEDFORD. C. M.
GOD moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform ;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace ;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
85. Confession of Guilt, and Gratitude for Mercy.
(Gen. xlv. 3.)
St. Stephen's. C. M.
ALAS, in wand'ring from the Lord,
How great our guilt hath been !
How have we scorn'd his holy word,
And sought the paths of sin !
But, O my soul, for ever praise,
For ever love his name,
Who turns thy feet from evil ways
Of folly, sin, and shame.
"Tis from thy mercy, gracious God,
, That all our hopes begin;
'Tis by the water and the blood,
Our souls are wash'd from sin.
Kept by the grace so freely given,
We walk in holy fear;
And hope to join the saints in heaven,
And sing thy goodness there.
86. . Praise for Grace. (Collect.) .
HENSBURY. C. M.
OH for a thousand tongues to sing
The great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of our God and King,
The triumphs of his grace.
He breaks the power of death and sin,"
And sets the captive free:
His blood, which makes the sinner clean,
Is all the sinner's plea.
He speaks, and at his pow'rful voice ?
New life the dead receive;
The broken hearts again rejoice;
The humble poor believe.
Lord of our life! all gracious God!
Thy goodness we'll proclaim ;
Declare thy wondrous acts abroad,
And bless our Saviour's name.