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285. Redeem'd from Spiritual Bondage.
O Lord our GOD, other Lords beside thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.-ISAIAH xxvi. 13.
ONCE to other Lords we bow'd,
2 Long, too long alas! we were Slaves of sin and foes to thee; Now with truth we can declare, None owe more to grace than we.
3 Lord, we now confess with shame,
5 Let us walk with thee below;
286. Rejoicing in the Lord. C.M.
If ye then be risen with CHRIST, seek those things which are above, where CHRIST sitteth on the right hand of GOD. COL. iii. 1.
JESUS, away from earth I fly,
2 Tby name shall dwell upon my tongue,
3 The wonders of thy bleeding love, For one so vile as I,
Shall often draw my heart above,
4 Yes, in thy name I will rejoice,
5 And may I never cease to tell
6 Till I, without a jarring sound,
287. Renouncing all self-dependence to depend upon Christ alone.-C.M.
For I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.—Roм. vii. 9.
HOW empty was our former boast,
2 Strong in the freedom of our will,
3 Our good desires, our hearts sincere, Our best endeavours-stood T'atone for our transgressions here, In place of JESU's blood.
4 [Alas, for us! we knew not then
5 But now, O gracious GoD, thy love
6 Freely thy love delights to save,
7 We own the sole procuring cause,
288. Renouncing all for Christ. L.M.
I count all things but dung, that I may win CHRIST, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of CHRIST, the righteousness which is of GOD by faith. -PHIL, iii. 8, 9.
NO more, my God, I boast no more
I quit the hopes I held before,
2 Now, for the love I bear his name, What was my gain I count my loss; My former pride I count my shame, And glory only in his cross.
3 Yes, and I must and will esteem
289. Rejoicing in the Salvation of God. L.M.
The Lord liveth, and blessed be my rock; and let the GOD of my salvation be exalted.-PSALM Xviii. 46.
JUST are thy ways, and true thy word, Great rock of my secure abode: Who is a God besides the Lord? Or where's a refuge like our God? 2 'Tis he that girds me with his might, Gives me his holy sword to wield; And, while with sin and hell I fight, Spreads his salvation for my shield. 3 He lives (and blessed be my rock), The God of my salvation lives: The dark designs of hell are broke; Sweet is the peace my Father gives.
4 Before the scoffers of the age
I will exalt my Father's name;
5 To David and his royal seed,
290. Repenting. L.M.
How shall I put thee among the children?-JER. iii. 19.