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Si NDAY EVENING.
PRAISE waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion, and to render it is the noblest exercise of which our nature is capable. And it is infinitely thy due from all thy creatures; and all thy works display thy attributes and fulfil thy designs. The sea and the dry land, the winter's cold and the summer's heat, the morning light and the evening shade, all are full of Thee. Thy paths drop down fatness. Thou givest us richly all things to enjoy. Thou art the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. Empires rise and fall, and fade and flourish, at thy pleasure. But while all thy works praise Thee, O Lord, thy saints bless Thee. And how many of these are there in thy house above. And how many are there even in this world which lieth in wickedness; and how does it delighi us to think that their multitude is so greatly increasing. The Lord add to his people, how many soever they be, a hundred fold !
But O number us with thy saints in glory everlasting. We turn from men of the world who have their portion in this life, the grovellers of mortality, and long to be re. inembered with the favour Thou bearest unto thy people. If we know our own hearts, we would choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; and esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Is. rael! May we die the death of the righteous, and may our last end be like theirs. And, O Lord, we pray to resemble them, not only in their future allotinent, but in their present condition and character. With them we would sit at the great Teacher's feet and receive of his words. With them we would run the race that is set before us, looking
unto Jesus. With them we would fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life.
May our religion never be an undecided thing in our own minds; may we know that the root of the matter is found in us; and may others know it too. May our principles be evinced in their operation and effects. May we not only believe with the heart, but confess with the tongue, and hold forth the word of life by our lives as well as by our lips. May our understandings be more informed in divine things; our affections more holy and heavenly; our principles more confirmed; our motives more simple and pure; our hearts more right with God. Till the day dawn, and the shadows flee away, may there be an open and unrestrained intercourse between Thee and our souls. Till the full fruition comes, may we enjoy the earnests of our inheritance, and the first fruits of the Spirit. walk by sight, may we walk by faith. Till we finish our course with joy, may we pursue it with diligence, and in every intermediate part display the resources of the Christian, and adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Not only by the word, but by the rod, teach us to profit. May we learn obedience by the things we suffer; and however grievous any dispensation may be to flexh and blood, may we be able to say with a sufferer of old, I know that this shall turn to my salvation. We forget not the sons and daughters of affliction. O do Thou remember them in the displays of thy power, and the tenderness of thy pity.
Our goodness extendeth not to Thee, but may the poor and the needy, and the ignorant and the vicious, find that it ever extends to them; and that Thou art pleased to make us not only the subjects of thy goodness but the instruments of thy mercy.
May our rulers be men after thine own heart, and be constantly directed by the wisdorn that is from above. May our land enjoy the smiles of thy Frovidence, and ever prove the seat of knowledge and freedom, of social order and happiness, of gospel privileges and genuine godliness, of benevolence and usefulness.
Let better days arrive than the world has ever yet wit. nessed. Let the gospel break in upon those who are lying in the shade of death and hell; and where the illumination has begun, may the light of the moon be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun be sevenfold as the light of seven days. Bind up all the breaches of thy people, and heal the stroke of their wounds. Bless thy church universally; and revive and enlarge the portion of it with which we are connected, and have been again engaged in the exercises of devotion. Behold us as a family; and may the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush, ever reside in this house, to secure and to bless.
Regard us as individuals, at the close of another Sabbath. How many have this day been awakened to the resolution, I will arise and go unto my Father. How many have had their faith and hope in God established. How many
have obtained supplies to prepare them for their re-entrance into the duties and trials of life. But we fear it is not so with
We mourn over our unprofitableness, and tremble at our condition. We have again met together, if not for the better, for the worse. O let us not provoke Thee to withdraw the means of grace from us, or to withhold the influence which can alone render them effectual. We know the Word we hear will judge us in the last day; may we judge ourselves by it now, that we may not be condemned with the wicked. Enter not into judgment with thy servants, for in thy sight shall no flesh living be justified. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in hea
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, and the glory, for erer and ever. Amen.
O LORD, open Thou our mouth, and our lips shall show forth thy praise. We adore and bless Thee, not only as our Creator, and Preserver, and Benefactor, but also as our condescending Teacher. None teaches like Thee. Thou hast opened before us the volume of nature, and there we can read and consider the works of the Lord, which are great and useful, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein: but we have also spread before us the fuller and clearer pages of revelation. In these we see what Thou wilt have us to do; and it is inscribed with such plainness that he may run that readeth. And here we learn not only what Thou requirest of us, but what Thou hast done for us and promised to us.. Here we commune with Thee as the God of all grace, and the Father of mercies; the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the fulness of time Thou wast pleased to send forth thy Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law; and he bore our sins in his own body on the tree; and having made peace by the blood of his cross, He was exalted at thy own right hand to be a prince and a Savior, to give repentance unto Israel and forgiveness of sins.
O Lord, we would cheerfully and thankfully avail ourselves of the provisions of thy love; and while others go about to establish their own righteousness, we would submit ourselves to the righteousness which is of God May we renounce every other refuge for our souls, every other
foundation for our hope ; and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
It delights us to think how many are already made the partakers of this life-giving Savior; but we pray for a participation of Him ourselves. O bless us with a present experience of his salvation, in our deliverance from sin, in our bearing the image of the heavenly, in our enjoying his presence, and in our being upheld by his free Spirit. And o bless us with a conscious experience of his salvation. Let us not live from day to day, uncertain what we are, and whither we are going; but bear witness with our spirits that we are thy children, and enable us to say, I know that my Redeemer liveth. And bless us with a growing experience of this salvation : if already enlightened, may we see greater things than these ; if already quickened together with Christ, may we have life more abundantly: renew us day by day in our inward man; and lead us on from strength to strength in the way everlasting, till we shall appear perfect before Thee in Zion.
O for more of that abiding in Jesus, without which we cannot bring forth fruit! O for a deeper sense of our obligations to Him, that we may surrender ourselves to his will, and feel it the joy of our hearts to serve Him! While faith justifies our souls, may obedience justify our faith, and prove it to be of the operation of the Spirit. May our faith work by love, love to Him that died for us and rose again; and love to all our fellow creatures, but especially to them that are of the household of faith. May we love them, notwithstanding differences of opinion and imperfections of character; and love them out of a pure heart fervently.
Be the friend of our friends; the father of our children; the master of our servants. Bless this family. May thine eye and thy heart be here continually. May all the mem. bers of the household make thy word the rule of their con duct, submitting themselves one to another in the fear of