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i Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
O Loud God of Hosts: Thou hast established thy throne in the heavens, and thy kingdom ruleth over all. It is a source of joy to our minds, and of encouragement to our hopes, that the Lord God Omnipotent reignetn. In thy greatness we see thy all-sufficiency to accomplish all that Thou hast promised, to confer upon us all we need, and to do for us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.
It is therefore good for us to draw near to Thee; and it is our mercy to know that we can approach Thee with confidence of acceptance and success; founded not on any worthiness or works of our own, but on thine own grace in the appointment of a Mediator, who has put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and opened a new and living way into the holiest of all by his own blood.
We have no other name to plead, and we need no other. Behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of thine Anointed; and for his sake, who groaned in the garden and died upon the cross, and now appears in thy presence for us, pardon our iniquity, for it is great: cleanse us from all unrighteousness; deliver us from the power of darkness; and translate us into the kmgdom of thy dear Son.
May we no longer be strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God; and because we are sons, send forth the spirit of thy Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. May our intercourse with Thee be free and delightful and constant; and not on peculiar occasions only, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, may we make known our requests unto Thee. May we live in thy presence.
May we walk with God, and walk humbly with God; sensible of our deficiencies and desert; admiring thy condescension and patience; and bowing to all thy dispensations without murmuring or repining.
May we walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time. May we bo zealous in the discharge of all those duties, the performance of which depends on a season so fleeting and precarious. May we consider one another, and provoke one another to love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as we see the day approaching.
Enable us to realize the universality and perfection of thy agency in all our affairs; and since all thy ways are mercy and troth,
may we learn in whatsoever state we are therewith to be content; yea in everything may we give thanks.
May we not only submit to our trials, but be grateful for them. They are designed for our profit, that we may be partakers of thy holiness. They evince a care of which 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 view 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; so will we render the calves of our lips.
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 blessedness of those that dwell in thy house and are stdl praising Thee. Teach us to value properly the means of grace, and bo concerned to derive from them the benefit they are designed to afford. May we remember our accountableness for them. May we remember that they never leave us as they find us; but always prove the savour 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, &c. Amen.
O God, Thou hast made, and Thou upholdest all things by the word of thy power. The day is thine, the night is also thine; and by thy wise and kind appointment they are also rendered ours—The night to wipe off from our minds the cores 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 honour 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 Saviour, who has obtained eternal redemption for us; who dieth no more; who must reign till all his enemies are made his footstool.
May we enter into hit rest and find it to be glorious. May we cease from all the 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 his 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 us 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 fleshly 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 repair 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 tem
ple; and are we unfit for services which require a spirituality to which we are naturally averse? Our encouragement is in the nll-eufficiency 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 thy name, I will come unto thee and I will bless thee. Save now, O Lord we beseech Thee; O Lord we beseech Thee send now 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 Sejing, 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 Mesa 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 eflorts. Thou hast risen up out of thy place. Thou hast made bare thy 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
God save the king; and render him equal to all the importance and responsibility of his exalted station: and may he reign not only over a great and mighty empire, but over a moral and holy people, whose God is the Lord. Clothe thy priests with righteousness; let thy saints shout aloud for joy; let thy poor be satisfied with bread. Let 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 with 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 Jesus Christ our Lord: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
SUNDAY EVENING. Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in Zwn,
and to render It Is the noblest exercise of which oar 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 nourish 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 delight us to think that their multitude is so greatly increasing. The Lord odd 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 remembered 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 gTeater riches than the treasures of Egypt How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! May we die the dositii of the righteous, and may our last end be like theirs. And, O Lord, we pray to resemble them, not only in their future allotment, 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 divme 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 Till we 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 the things we suffer: and however grievous any dispensation may be to flesh and blood, may we be able to say with a sufferer of old, I know that this shall turn to my solvation. 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. Bless the throne, the government, and the country. May the British empire be under thine eye continually, 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 witnessed. 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 us. 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 eflectual. 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, &c.
MONDAY MORNING. 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 wo 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 readetb. 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 Saviour, 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 Saviour; 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 alreadyquickened together witli 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 abidmg in Josus 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-creniurea, 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 ail the members of the household make thy word the rale of their conduct, submitting themselves one to another in the fear of God, and by love serving one another. Some of our connexions are far off from us; but we rejoice to think that they are near Thee, and that thou art a very present help in trouble. Keep them as the apple of the eye; hide them under the shadow of thy wing; and may all grace abound towards them. Let the young be soberminded, and flee youthful lusts. Let the hoary head be a crown of glory, being found in the way of righteousness. We pray for the afflicted; and we pray still more for the prosperous and indulged.
Bless the services of the past Sabbath. Let us not lay aside our religious concern with the day appointed to excite and increase it: may we retain a savour of the things of God through all the unhallowing avocations of the week. We often hear thy word: let us not resemble a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdetu himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteta what manner of man he was. But may we look into the perfect law of liberty and continue therein, that being not forgetful hearers, but doers of the word, we may be blessed m our deed. And to God only wise, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
O God, Thou dost according to thine own will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: none can stay thy hand, or say unto Thee, What doest Thou! We are the creatures of thy power; Thou art the Father of our spirits; and it is thy inspiration that giveth them understanding. We are entirely the care of thy providence; Thou hast holden our souls in hie, and not suffered our feet to be removed: and having obtained help of Thee we continue to thu day.
But, O God, we are sinners in thy sight; and if we say we have not sinned, we make thee a liar, and thy word is not in us. Far from wishing to deny or excuse our offences, we throw ourselves at thy footstool, confessing that our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is gone up into the very heavens. We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone the things we ought to have done; and we have done the things we ought not to have done; and there is no health m us.
For these things we mourn; we abhor and condemn ourselves, and acknowledge that Thou art justified when Thou speakest, and clear when thou judgest Nothing can rescue our guilty minds from the horrors of despair, but an assurance from thyself, that Thou are not only good, but ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. And blessed be thy Name, Thou hast given us a full revelation of thy reconcileableness to thy revolted subjects: and we know that Thou hast sent thy only begotten Son to be the propitiation for sin; and we see opened before us through Him, a wide and a welcome way to thyself.
And thou hast assured us that there is salvation in no other: and that no man cometh unto the Father but by Him. O help us to hear the voice that proclaims, Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world: give us the eye of faith to see him; and the hand of faith to receive him; and the appetite of faith, the hungering and thirsting of faith that we may feed upon him, and know from our own experience as well as the testimony of thy word, that his flesh is meat indeed and his blood drink indeed. He is the hope of Israel, the consolation of Israel: may we repair to him, as the deliverer from the fall, and find in him the light, the life, the riches, the honours of eternity; and rejoice in him with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Too long have we joined in the cry of folly, Who will show us any good? Too long have we observed lying vanities and have forsaken our own mercies. But convinced of our madness, no longer would we spend our money for that which is not bread, and our labour for that which satisfieth not May we hearken diligently unto Thee our heavenly Inviter, and oat that which is good, and let our soul delight iUelf in fatness. And so much the more as our time advances, and every moment we seize for reflection tells us that more of our opportunities are fled for ever. For Thou hast made our days as a hand's-breadth, and our age is as nothing before Thee, and verily every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. O that we were wise, that we understood this, that we considered our latter end! O teach us, thou Almighty Instructor, teach us to live as dying creatures; to live with our conversation in heaven; to live looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ May we not only believe that there is a better country, even a heavenly; but may we seek after it, and seek after it in the all-sufficiency of thy grace; and never be
satisfied till we know that we have an inheritance among all them that are sanctified, and feel in ourselves those principles and dispositions which evince, not only that the blessedness is promised to us, but begun in us. May thy Spirit help our infirmities, and prepare us for every part of our passage homeward: for the successes and comforts with which we may be indulged; for the disappointments and troubles with which we may be tried; for the various duties we have to discharge; and for all the opportunities of usefulness our stations in life may furnish. Help Thou our unbelief—The hinderance of all our religious excellence and proficiency: increase our faith; and fill us with all joy and peace in believing.
Forgive the sins of another day. And may we now lay us down in peace and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest us dwell in safety: and with the returning day, continue thy care over us, and enable us to renew our dedication of ourselves to Thee.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.
O Thou Creator and Preserver of all mankind, again we come before Thee in the multitude of thy mercies, and would call on our souls and each other to bless and praise thy holy name. Preserve us, in this exercise of devotion, not only from hypocrisy but formality. Enable us to remember what Thou art, into whose presence we have entered, and what we are who have taken upon us to speak unto the living God. How wise, how great, how holy art Thou! But we are dust and ashes; unworthiness and vileness.
In what more becoming attire can we approach Thee than clothed with humility? In how many things have we offended; in all we have come snort of thy glory. When we compare ourselves with thy law, we see that we are carnal, sold under sin; and that in us dwelleth no good thing. When we examine our hearts we find there an aggregate of vanity, frowardness, insensibility, disorderly aflections, backwardness to duty, proneness to evil that causes us to loathe ourselves, and exclaim, Behold I am vile. When we look well into our lives; when we survey our relations and offices; our trials and our mercies; our opportunities and our means: and when we consider how often Thou hast called, and we have refused; how much Thou hast excited us, and how we have rebelled and vexed thy Holy Spirit; we cannot but fell upon our knees and cry, Enter not into judgment with us—God be merciful to us sinners—Save, Lord, or we perish.
O lead us to the cross, and enable us to pray believing in the name of thy dear Son.