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the week; not only in the house of God, but in our own. May our piety be, not a dress, but a habit; not only a habit, but a nature-a life-the life of God in the soul of man. And at last, by thy grace and guidance, may we enter that world, where there is no temple, but the glory of God and of the Lamb are the temple thereof.
But, О how can we endure to see the destruction of our kindred ? () Lord, let those that are united to us by so many tender ties, be precious in thy sight, and devoted to thy praise. Sanctify and succeed domestic devotion, and instruction ; discipline, and example : and may our houses be nurseries for heaven, from which our churches, as the gardens of the Lord, shall be enriched with trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Q let none of those who are amiable, and moral, and possess so many attractions, like the hopeful youth in the gospel, fall short of heaven at last.
Where the conscience is tender, and the heart is soft, and the word alarms or delights let not these promising appearances be blasted; but bring forth judgment unto victory.
Bless all who are connected with us by religious ties. Save thy people and bless thine inheritance; feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
Regard us as a nation. Inspire all ranks and degrees of men among us, with a love to that righteousness, which exalteth a nation ; and deliver us from that sin, which is a reproach to any people.
And as all mankind, of whatever country or condition, are our brethren, bless them with the same civil and religious privileges, this highly favoured land enjoys. Let thy way be known on earth, thy saying health among all nations.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, now and for ever. Amen.
O GOD, thy greatness is unsearchable ; but we rejoice to think, that thy love passeth knowledge. We have sinned against Thee; but Thou art ready to forgive. We have gone far astray from Thee; but Thou art more than willing to admit our return.—Thou hast even provided the way to accomplish it.-Thou hast appointed and made known a Mediator, who has once suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us upto God. In Him we behold Thee reconciling the world unto thyself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. And in Him a multitude which no man can nunber, redeemed, justified, and renewed, are exulting, My soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
O that it were thus with us! O that we could ascertain our spiritual condition, and read our title clear to the inheritance of the saints in light. Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zion; and we are longing to be able to adore Thee, as the strength of our souls, and our everlasting portion. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not. Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out ;-Whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life, freely :-O say unto our souls, I am thy salvation..
And, O Lord, we hope that we are not concerned for our safety only ; we trust we not only wish to know that we have the grace of God in truth, but to feel a progression in the divine life: to increase with all the increase of God. We wish to be qualified for our work; to stand complete in the will of our heavenly Father; and to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Grant us therefore, we pray Thee, more of the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ; to give more decision to our character; more vigor to our purposes; more elevation to our hopes; more fervour to our devotion ; more constancy to our zeal, so that we may run and not be weary, and walk and not faint.
Thou dost not despise the day of small things, nor refuse to encourage a little strength; but Thou hast commanded us to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour: and Thou hast said, To him that hath, shall be given ; and hast promised, that the feeble among them shall be as David. Be it unto us according to thy word. Fulfil all the good pleasure of thy goodness, and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in us, and we in Him. May we be examples of the religion we profess, the most impressive and attracting : may we have a testimony in the bosoms of those who observe us, that we are the seed which the Lord hath blessed; and may every thing around us say to them, Come with us, and we will do you good.
To Thee we desire to submit all our desires, and to Thee would we commit all our concerns, casting all our care upon Thee, conscious that Thou carest for us. And
Who so fit to choose our lot,
as a Being who loved us, so as not to spare his own Son,
who knows what is best for us in every circumstance, and is able to make all things work together for our good.
In every difficulty with which we are called to struggle, may we not only think of thy promises, but also call to remembrance, the years of the right-hand of the Most High. . We have often been brought low, and Thou hast helped us; and when we have been looking for nothing but darkness, at evening time it has been light. O, how does it betray our depravity, that after all thy kindness and care, after all the proofs of thy patience, power, and fidelity, we are yet so little capable of trusting in Thee. We cry out with tears, Lord, we believe, help Thou our unbelief.
Do us good by all the dispensations of thy providence, especially those of an afflictive kind. And why should we consider them strange things, since Thou hast told us, that in the world we shall have tribulation, and that the same afflictions have been accomplished in all our brethren ? And why should we desire exemption from them ? seeing they are founded in love, and intended for our profit. May we ever realize thy design by them, and see thine hand in them : may we believe that thou wilt be with us in trouble: and look forward with joy to that state, where it will be safe for us to be without sorrow, and God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes.
And if we have a portion in this world, keep us from making this world our portion. May we never look for that in the creature, which can only be found in the Creator; nor for that on earth, which is only to be found in heaven. Among our caresses and indulgences, may we never lose the heart of a stranger, or forget that this is not our rest. May the streams of comfort lead us to the fountain of all good: and may we love and serve our Benefactor in all his benefits.
And thus may we know how to be abased, and how to abound; and in every varying condition, display the principles and dispositions of those, who are born from above, and bound for glory.
And to the Father, the Word, and Holy Ghost, be ascribed all honour and praise, world without end. Amen.
0 Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah. Thou art the Most High over all the earth; and Thou hast set thy glory above the heavens. All thy works praise Thee, O Lord, and thy saints bless Thee. Thou art our father's God, and we will exalt Thee; Thou art our own God, and early will we seek Thee, for in thy favour is life,
Open Thou our lips, and our mouth shall show forth thy praise. Thou hast made us, and not we ourselves. Thine eye did see our substance yet being imperfect, and in thy book all our members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, while as yet there were none of them. Thou hast taught us more than the beasts of the field, and made us wiser than the fowls of the air. There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth him understanding.–Thy providence bas watched over us from the womb, supplied all our wants, arranged all our affairs, and determined the bounds of our habitation.
And 0, what reason have we to exclaim, The lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, yea, we have a goodly