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4 [Led by that we brave the ocean;
Led by that the storms defy :
Waves obey him,
We shall pass the wat'ry waste;
And with wonder
Think on toils and dangers past. 6 [O! what pleasures there await us!
There the tempests cease to roar:
323 Victory secured to the Believer.
Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my
hands to war, and my fingers to fight: my goodness, and my fortress ; my high tower and my deliverer; my shield, &c. PSALM cxliv. 1, 2.
FOR ever blessed be the Lord,
My Saviour and my shield;
To arm me for the field.
2 When sin and hell their force unite,
He makes my soul his care,
And guards me thro' the war. 3 A friend and helper so divine Does
And his shall be the praise.
*324. The Backslider Returning. C.M.
Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your
backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee ; for thou art the LORD our GOD. JEREMIAH Üï. 22.
HOW oft, alas ! this wretched heart
Has wander'd from the Lord;
Forgetful of his word? 2 Yet sov'reign mercy calls, “ Return :"
Dear Lord ! and may I come ?
O take the wanderer home. 3 And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
To speak thy wond'rous love? • The Hymns to the end of the Section relate to Chris.
4 Almighty grace, thy healing power
How glorious, how divine !
So vile a heart as mine. 5 Thy pard’ning love, so free, so sweet,
With wonder I adore;
And let me rove no more.
325. The Backslider Mourning.
7-6-8. O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast
fallen by thine iniquity.-HOSEA xiv. I.
Call back a wand'ring sheep;
Would fain, like Peter, weep;
On me be all long-suffering shown:
And break my heart of stone.
Repentance to impart,
The humble, contrite heart:
A portion of thy love unknown;
And break my heart of stone.
3 See me, SAVIOUR, from above,
Nor suffer me to die;
Fall from thy gracious eye:
And let thy merey melt me down;
And break my heart of stone. 4 Look, as when thy pitying eye
Was clos'd that we might live;
Thy love exclaim’d) “ Forgive.”
Thou lookest, and the work is done;
heart of stone.
326. The Backslider returning. C.M.
Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I
will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful saith the LORD.-JEREMIAH iii. 12.
THE Lord is kind in all his ways,
When most they seem severe;
That we may learn his fear.
And builds a wall around;
In sin's forbidden ground.
3 Return, ye wandering souls, return;
The Lord your misery knows,
is the same
Confusion veils our face ;
In thy long-slighted grace.
327. The Backslider returning. 112th.
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for
mine anger is turned away from him. Hos. xiv. 4.
WEARY of wand'ring from my God,
And now made willing to return,
For thee not without hope I mourn;
A friend before the throne of love. 2 O JESUS ! full of truth and grace,
More full of grace than I of sin;
Open the ark and take me in:
And love the faithless sinner still. 3 Thou know'st the way to bring me
My fallen spirit to restore- [back, O for thy truth and mercy's sake,
Forgive, and bid me sin no more :