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our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.
And to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be rendered the kingdom, power, and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
FOR A DAY OF THANKSGIVING-MORNING.
O GOD, Thou art very great, Thou art clothed with honor and majesty; Thou coverest thyself with light as with a garment; Thou walkest upon the wings of the wind. When we reflect on the glory of thy majesty, we are filled with wonder at the vastness of thy condescension. For Thou condescendest even to behold things that are in heaven. What then is man that Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that Thou visitest him!
We rejoice that we are under the governance of a Being, who is not only almighty, but perfectly righteous, and wise, and good; that all things in our world are appointed and arranged by thy paternal agency; that thy providence numbers the very hairs of our head, and that a sparrow falleth not to the ground without our heavenly Father.
Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. We bless Thee for personal mercies. If we are called, it is by thy word. If we are renewed, it is by thy Spirit. If we are justified, it is freely by thy grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. It is in Thee we live and move and have our being. Thy goodness has been always near us, to hear our com
plaints, to soothe our sorrow, and to command deliverance for us. And numberless are the instances of loving-kindness that now, from ignorance or inattention, elude our notice; the discovery of which will awaken our songs, when we mingle with those who dwell in thy house above and are still praising Thee.
We thank Thee for relative benefits; for blessings on our families, blessings on our churches, and blessings on our country. We confess that we are not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, and of all the truth which Thou hast showed unto thy servants. Sins of every kind and of every degree have reigned among us; have spread through all ranks and orders; and continued notwithstanding all warnings and corrections; and if Thou hadst dealt with us after our sins, or rewarded us according to our iniquities, we should long ago have had no name nor place among the nations of the globe.
But to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. All thy dispensations towards us have said, with a tenderness that ought to penetrate our hearts, How shall I give thee up! Our privileges, never properly improved, and forfeited times without number, have been continued. We still behold our sabbaths, and our ears still hear the joyful sound. Our constitution, liberties, and laws, have not been subverted or impaired. Thou hast given us rains and fruitful seasons; Thou hast filled us with the finest of the wheat; our garners have been affording all manner of store; our oxen have been strong to labor; our sheep have brought forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets Thou hast spread thy wing, and sheltered us from the pestilence that walketh in darkness, and the destruction that wasteth at noon day. Civil discord has not raged in our land; our shores have not been invaded; we have not heard the confused noise of warriors, nor seen garments
rolled in blood-it has not come nigh us have often threatened to swallow us up, bu he Lord has been on our side, and they have not prevailed against us. We are this day called upon to acknowledge thy goodness in (--)*
God is the Lord who hath showed us light; bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar. May we never convert our blessings into instruments of provo cation, by making them the means of nourishing pride and presumption, wantonness and intemperance; and compel Thee to complain, Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people, and unwise? Is not He thy Father that hath bought thee? Hath He not made thee and established thee?
For this purpose meet with us in thy house; and may the goings of our God and our King be seen in the sanc tuary. Be with the preacher and with the hearers; and let the words of his mouth, and the meditation of thei hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. May public instruction awaken the ardo of our feelings. May our gratitude not only be lively, but practical and permanent. And by all thy mercies may we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable anto Thee, which is our reasonable service.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength that do his commandments, heartening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye minis ters of his that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul. Amen.
* Here let the particular causes for thankfulness 've expressed.
FOR A DAY OF THANKSGIVING-EVENING.
O GOD, Thou art good, and Thou doest good. Thou art good to all, and thy tender mercies are over all thy works.
We have thought of thy loving-kindness this day, in the midst of thy temple; and are again surrounding this domestic altar to exclaim, O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
We lament to think that a world so filled with thy boun ty, should be so alienated from thy service and glory. We mourn over the vileness of our ingratitude, and abhor ourselves, repenting in dust and ashes.
O Thou God of all grace, make us more thankful. In order that we may be more thankful, may we be more humble; impress us with a deep sense of our unworthiness, arising from the depravity of our nature, and countless instances of unimproved advantages, omitted duties, and violated commands. May we compare our condition with our desert, and with the far less indulged circumstances of others. May we never be inattentive to any of thy interpositions on our behalf; but be wise and observe these things, that we may understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.
How many blessings, temporal and spiritual, public and private, hast Thou conferred upon us. Thy mercies have been new every morning and every moment.
Our afflictions have been few and alleviated, often short in their continuance, and always founded in a regard to our profit. Thy secret has been upon our tabernacle; and we have known Thee in thy palaces for a refuge. The lines have indeed fallen to us in pleasant places, yea, we have a goodly heritage. Thou hast not dealt so with
any people. It is a good land which the Lord out God has given us a land distinguished by knowledge; lignified as the abode of civil and religious freedom; endeared by the patriot's zeal, and the ashes of our forefathers; a land the Lord careth for; and upon which his eye has been from the beginning even to the end of the year.
Thou hast been a wall of fire round about us, by thy providential protection, and the glory in the midst of us, by the gospel of our salvation, the ordinances of religion, and the presence of thy Holy Spirit.
What shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards us? Because Thou hast been our help, therefore under the shadow of thy wing may we rejoice. Because Thou hast heard our voice and our supplication, therefore may we call upon Thee as long as we live; and in every future difficulty and distress, make Thee our refuge and our portion.
Enable us to bless Thee at all times; may thy praise continually be in our mouth; and may we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives.
Being delivered from the peril and calamity (of- -) with which we have been exercised, may we serve Thee without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives.
We dare not trust our own hearts. We have often resembled thy people of old, who, in the hour of deliverance. and indulgence, sang thy praise, and said, All that the Lord commandeth us will we do; but soon forget his works and the wonders which He had showed them. Keep these things for ever in the imagination of our hearts, and not only draw us, but bind us to thyself with the cords of love and the bands of a man.
And with all our calls to gratitude and joy, may we remember that we have also reason for sorrow and humiliation. O give us that repentance which is unto life. Re