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we are unworthy, and which we have never properly repaid. Lord, what is man, that Thou shouldst magnify him; that Thou shouldst set thy heart upon him; that Thou shouldst visit him every morning, and chasten him every moment. So impatient and wayward and foolish have we been under thy hand, that we have forfeited all claim to the rod, and deserve to be stricken no more. It would be just in Thee to say They are joined to idols, let them alone. But, O Lord, abandon us not to ourselves; treat us not with neglect. Employ whatever means are necessary to save and sanctify our souls. Try us as Thou pleasest; only while we are chastened of the Lord, let us not be condemned with the wicked.
Humble us under a review of our depravity through another day and another week, which is now hastening to join the days and weeks before the flood. Who can understand his errors? In many things we all offend. Hide thy face from our sins. Heal our backslidings, and receive us graciously.
On the coming day, let thy good Spirit lead us to thy holy hill and to thy tabernacle. May we go unto the altar of God as to our exceeding joy, and taste the blessedress of those that dwell in thy house and are still praising Thee. Teach us to value properly the means of grace, and be concerned to derive from them the benefit they are designed to afford. May we remember our accountablenes for them. May we remember that they never leave us as they find us; but always prove the savor of life unto life, or of death unto death.
Let not our attendance add to our sin and condemnation. Let us not sing without devotion, pray without desire, and hear in vain; but be found in the number of those who know the joyful sound, and walk in the fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy Ghost.
And may those who will not be able to hear the word
hear the rod, and hear it saying, As many as I love I rebuke and chasten. Let meditation and reading and pious conversation, and above all thy special presence, be substitutes for public ordinances. Thus send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; and let them that tarry at home divide the spoil. And have mercy upon all men, as we implore it through the mediation of the ever blessed Redeemer; in whose words we address Thee-Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, an the glory, for ever. Amen.
O GOD, Thou hast made and Thou upholdest all things by the word of thy power. The day is thine, the night also is thine; and by thy wise and kind appointment they are also rendered ours-the night, to wipe off from our minds the cares of the day; to refresh our wearied bodies; and to renew our natural strength-and the day, to summon us to new activities, and to afford us opportunities to glorify our heavenly Benefactor, to serve our generation, and to acquire knowledge, holiness, and everlasting life.
To these duties every morning calls us; but THIS is the day which the Lord hath made more peculiarly for his own honor and our improvement; and therefore we will rejoice and be glad in it. It brings to our remembrance the creation of the world, when God rested from all his works which he had made, and pronounced them to be very good. And there is none like unto Thee, O Lord, among the gods, neither are there any works like unto thy works they proclaim thy eternal power and godhead, so that we should be without excuse were we not to glorify Thee as God. But Thou hast said, Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered nor come into mind. We adore Thee therefore. as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who having finished the work that was given Him to do, entered
into his rest we call to our minds a risen Savior, who bas obtained eternal redemption for us; who dieth no more; who must reign till all his enemies are made his footstool.
May we enter into HIS rest and find it to be glorious. May we cease from all wretched attempts to deliver and save ourselves; and believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God; that being justified by faith, we may have peace through the blood of the cross; and standing in this grace rejoice in hope of the glory that shall be revealed.
We feel our depravity as well as our guilt; and therefore we pray, not only that Thou wilt forgive our sins, but cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Create in us a clean heart; renew in us a right spirit; and in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshy wisdom, but by thy grace, may we have our conversation in the world.
We rejoice that the tabernacle of God is with men; and we bless Thee that Thou hast said, Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. We are now to epair from the retirement of the closet and the family altar to the habitation of thy house, and to mingle with the multitude that keep holy-day. We are unworthy to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple; and are we unfit for services which require a spirituality to which we are naturally averse? Our encouragement is in the all-sufficiency of thy grace; and therefore, blessed be thy name, we go with a lively hope derived from thy own promise, In all places where I record my name, I will come unto Thee and I will bless thee. Save now, O Lord, we beseech Thee; O Lord, we beseech Thee, send nov prosperity.
We cast our eyes over a world lying in wickedness; and our compassion and zeal are awakened. How many are perishing with hunger, while there is bread enough and to
spare in our Father's house. How many are suffering under the miseries of this life, and the fears of another, but they have no comforter. The captive exiles hasten that they may be loosed, and that they may not lose their life in the pit; and by their condition, if not by their consciousness of it, are saying, Come over and help us. O send out thy light and thy truth, that all nations whom thou hast made may come and worship before Thee and glorify thy name. We bless Thee that so many societies have been formed for this noble purpose; and that so many have counted the cost, and have gone forth to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. And we bless Thee for the smiles with which Thou hast crowned their efforts. Thou hast risen up out of thy place. Thou hast made bare thine arm in the sight of all the nations. Kings of armies do flee apace, and she that tarries at home divides the spoil-and princes shall come out of Egypt; and Ethiopia shall soon stretch forth her hands unto God; and all the ends of the earth shall see his salvation, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Clothe thy priests with righteousness; let thy saints shout aloud for joy; let thy poor be satisfied with bread. the blind and the lame come to Jesus in the temple and be healed. May private trials subserve the designs of public instruction; and thy own presence make the chamber of sickness, and the dwelling place of sorrow, the house of God and the gate of heaven. And prevent us, O
Lord, in all our doings by thy most gracious favour; and further us by thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may glorify thy holy name; and finally obtain everlasting life, through Je sus Christ our Lord: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.