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367. Trusting in the Lord. L. M.
My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of CHRIST may rest upon me.-2 COR. xii. 9.
THY promise, LORD, just suits my case; I sought assurance from thy mouth; That one like me, so poor and base, Would persevere to keep thy truth. 2 When to my heart I turn my eyes, I see but motives to despair; Whatever charm the world supplies, It finds a kindred temper there.
3 Sufficient ground thy promise yields, On which a worm may rest his hope; And he who on thy promise builds, May give his confidence full scope.
4 Thy strength in weakness is display'd:
5 If of myself I henceforth speak, 'Tis of infirmity alone;
I know that I am strong, tho' weak ;
6 On everlasting arms I lean;
7 [I can look forward now with joy,
368. Adoption. S.M.
Beloved, now are we the sons of GOD; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.-1 JOHN iii. 2, 3.
BEHOLD what wond'rous Grace
Nor doth it yet appear
A hope so much divine
4 If in my Father's love
No longer would we lie
369. Adoption. C.M.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again, to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.-ROM. viii. 15.
HARK! for 'tis God's own Son that calls
2 The cursed bonds of sin he breaks,
3 Into the captive heart he pours His spirit from on high:
We lose the terrors of the slave,
4 Shake off your bonds,and sing his grace,
5 Walk on at large, till you attain
370. The Covenant of Grace un-
Wherein GOD, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for GOD to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.-HEB. vi. 17-19.
HOW oft have sin and Satan strove
2 The oath and promise of the LORD
4 The gospel bears my spirit up;
Grace Reigning. C.M.
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by JESUS CHRIST our LORD.-ROM. v. 20, 21.
NOW may the LORD reveal his face, And teach our stamm'ring tongues To make his sov'reign, reigning grace, The subject of our songs!
2 No sweeter subject can invite
3 Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins; To melt the hardest hearts;
And from the work it once begins,
4 The world and Satan strive in vain
Secur❜d by grace's conqu'ring reign,
5 LORD, when this changing life is past, If we may see thy face:
How shall we praise and love at last,