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-571. The excellency of Christ. C.M.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee: and my soul which thou hast redeemed.-Ps. lxxi. 23.
TO Christ, the Lord, let every tongue
2 He saw me plung'd in deep distress, He flew to my relief;
For me he bore the shameful cross,
3 His hand a thousand blessings pours Upon my guilty head;
His presence gilds my darkest hours,
4 To him I owe my life, and breath,
5 To heav'n, the place of his abode
6 Since from his bounty I receive Such proofs of love divine, Had I thousand hearts to give,
Lord! they should all be thine.
572. The Believer supported in the strength of the Lord. C.M.
Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.-13A1. xl. 28, 31. WHENCE do our mournful thoughts
And where's our courage fled?
2 Have we forgot th' Almighty name,
3 Treasures of everlasting might In our Jehovah dwell:
He gives the conquest to the weak,
4 Mere mortal power shall fade and die, And youthful vigour cease;
But we, that wait upon the Lord,
5 The saints shall mount on eagles' wings, And taste the promis'd bliss,
Till their unwearied feet arrive
573. The Believer longing for Gospel ordinances here, and the full enjoyment of Christ's presence hereafter. C.M.
Why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning? O send out thy light and thy truth; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy.-PSA. xliii. 2, 4.
WHILE I am banish'd from thy house,
"When shall I come and pay my vows, And hear thy holy word?"
2 So, while I dwell in bonds of clay, Methinks my soul shall groan, “When shall I wing my beav'nly way, And stand before thy throne.'
3 I love to see my Lord below,
4 I love to worship at his feet,
5 I'm pleas'd to meet him in his court,
6 He shines, and I am all delight,
574. The believer longing to be with Christ. L.M.
Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ which is far better.-PHIL. i. 23.
WHILE on the verge of life I stand,.
2 Where Jesus dwells my soul would be, And faints my much-lov'd Lord to see; Earth twine no more about my heart! For 'tis far better to depart.
3 Come, ye angelic envoys! come,
5 As with a seraph's voice to sing!
6 Yet, with these prospects full in sight,
575. Sorrow at the death of a believer mitigated by the assurance of his sleeping in Jesus and rising again. C.M. Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead but sleepeth.-MARK. v. 39.
WHY flow these torrents of distress?
2 O'er Jesu's members death shall boast His victory in vain ;
Nor o'er their meaner part in dust
3 Jesus on wings of love shall come
4 Touch'd by his hand, at once they rise,
5. Jesus! our faith receives thy word; And, tho' fond nature weep, Grace learns to hail the pious dead, And emulate their sleep.
6 Our willing souls thy summons wait,