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Neh. ix. 5
"Stand up, and bless the Lord." 57
Come, like the people of His choice,
And own your gracious God. 2 O for the living flame,
Rev. Isaac Watts. (1674-1748.) 1719. ab. From His own altar brought, To touch our lips, our minds inspire,
1 Let every creature join 3 God is our strength and song,
To praise the eternal God,
Ye heavenly hosts, the song begin, Then be His love in Christ proclaimed
And sound His name abroad.
2 Thou sun with golden beams, 4 Stand up, and bless the Lord,
And moon with paler rays,
Ye starry lights, ye twinkling flames, Stand up, and bless His glorious name,
Shine to your Maker's praise.
And fixed their wondrous frame;
By His command they stand and move, I COME, sound His praise abroad,
And ever speak His name.
4 Ye vapors, when ye rise, Jehovah is the sovereign God,
Or fall in showers or snow,
Ye thunders, murmuring round the skies, 2 He formed the deeps unknown,
His power and glory show.
5 Wind, hail, and flashing fire, The watery worlds are all His own,
Agree to praise the Lord,
When ye in dreadful storms conspire 3 Come, worship at His throne,
To execute His word.
6 By all His works above
His honors be expressed;
But saints, that taste His saving love, 4 To-day attend His voice,
Should sing His praises best.
Rev. Isaac Watts. 1719.
60 The Divine Sovereignty and Goodness.
3 Oft He forgave their sins, Ps. viii.
Nor would destroy their race; 2 When to Thy works on high
And oft He made His vengeance known I raise my wondering eyes,
When they abused His grace.
4 Exalt the Lord our God,
Whose grace is still the same; 3 When I survey the stars,
Still He's a God of holiness, And all their shining forms,
And jealous for His name. Lord, what is man, that worthless thing,
Rev. Isaac Watts. 1719. Akin to dust and worms? 4 Lord, what is worthless man,
“ The only Wise."
Jude 24, 25. That Thou shouldst love Him so?
i To God the only wise, Next to Thine angels is he placed,
Our Saviour and our King, And lord of all below.
Let all the saints below the skies 5 How rich Thy bounties are,
Their humble praises bring. And wondrous are Thy ways:
2 'Tis His almighty love, Of dust and worms Thy power can frame
His counsel and His care, A monument of praise.
Preserves us safe from sin and death, 6 O Lord, our heavenly King,
And every hurtful snare.
3 He will present our souls, And o'er the heavens they shine.
Unblemished and complete,
Before the glory of His face,
With joys divinely great. 61 A holy God worshipped with Reverence. Ps. xcix.
4 Then all the chosen seed 1 EXALT the Lord our God,
Shall meet around the throne, And worship at His feet;
Shall bless the conduct of His grace, His nature is all holiness,
And make His wonders known. And mercy is His seat.
5 To our Redeemer God 2 When Israel was His church,
Wisdom and power belongs,
Immortal crowns of majesty,
Rev. Isaac Watts. 1709.
Does his Creator's power display,
The work of an Almighty Hand.
The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth; 4 Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What though in solemn silence all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball?
Amid their radiant orbs be found ? 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice;
Joseph Addison. (1672–1719.) 1712.
God's Glory and Nearness to us.
Acts xvii. 24---28.
Thy glory flames from sun and star;
Yet to each loving heart how near. 2 Sun of our life, Thy quickening ray
Sheds on our path the glow of day;
4 Lord of all life, below, above,
Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
5 Grant us Thy truth to make us free,
And kindling hearts that burn for Thee,
Oliver Wendell Holmes. (1809-) 1848. 65
God's Love our Refuge.
The Fount of being's wondrous sea,
That saw not Love supreme in Thee. 2 We shrink before Thy vast abyss,
Where worlds on worlds eternal brood; We know Thee truly but in this,
That Thou bestowest all our good.
3 And so, 'mid boundless time and space,
O grant us still in Thee to dwell,
Thy presence working all things well.
Where'er we turn, Thy glo - ries shine, And all things fair and bright are Thine.
The changing clouds, the viewless air,
Tempest and calm Thy word fulfil; 2 When day, with farewell beam, delays
Day unto day doth utter speech, Among the opening clouds of even,
And night to night Thy knowledge teach. And we can almost think we gaze
Through golden vistas into heaven, Those hues that mark the sun's decline,
2 Though voice nor sound inform the ear,
Well known the language of their song, So soft, so radiant, Lord, are Thine.
When one by one the stars appear, 3 When night, with wings of starry gloom, Led by the silent moon along,
O'ershadows all the earth and skies, Till round the earth, from all the sky,
Is sparkling with unnumbered eyes,
His bright career with speed and power; And every flower the summer wreathes
Thy flaming messenger, to dart Is born beneath that kindling eye.
Life through the depth of nature's heart. Where'er we turn, Thy glories shine, And all things fair and bright are Thine.
4. While these transporting visions shine Thomas Moore. (1779—1852.) 1816.
Along the path of Providence,
Glory eternal, joy divine, 67 "The Heavens declare the Glory of God."
Thy word reveals, transcending sense; Ps. xix.
My soul Thy goodness longs to see, I Thy glory, Lord, the heavens declare,
Thy love to man, Thy love to me. The firmament displays Thy skill;
James Montgomery. (1771—1854.) 1822.
Luke il. 13
68 “Glory to God in the highest."
Distant isles and tribes unknown,
'Mid the ocean waste and lone. 2 Songs of praise awoke the morn,
When the Prince of Peace was born; 3 By Thy boundless might set fast, Songs of praise arose, when He
Rise the mountains firm and vast: Captive led captivity.
Thou canst with a word assuage 3 Heaven and earth must pass away,
Ocean's wide and deafening rage. Songs of praise shall crown that day;
4 When Thy signs in heaven appear, God will make new heavens, new earth,
Earth's remotest regions fear; Songs of praise shall hail their birth.
And the bounties of Thy hand 4 And can man alone be dumb
Fill with gladness every land.
5 Thou dost visit earth, and rain Psalms, and hymns, and songs of praise.
Blessings on the thirsty plain,
From the copious founts on high, 5 Saints below, with heart and voice,
From the rivers of the sky.
6 Thus the clouds Thy power confess, Songs of praise to sing above.
And Thy paths drop fruitfulness,
And the voice of song and mirth 6 Borne upon their latest breath,
Rises from the tribes of earth. Songs of praise shall conquer death;
Josiah Conder. (1789—1855.) 3836 Then, amidst eternal joy, Songs of praise their powers employ.
“Hail, celestial Goodness, hail." James Montgomery. (1771—1854.) 1819, 1853. 70
i Holy, holy, holy Lord, 69
God praised for His Mercies.
Be Thy glorious name adored:
Lord, Thy mercies never fail;
Hail, celestial Goodness, hail !
2 Though unworthy, Lord, Thine ear,
Deign our humble songs to hear; 2 Thou the Hope and Refuge art
Purer praise we hope to bring, Of remotest lands apart;
When around Thy throne we sing.