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Dishearten'd with waiting so long,
I sink at thy feet with my load,
Thus mournfully pour out my song,
And lift up my hands unto God.
2 Shine, Lord, and my terror shall cease;
The blood of atonement apply:
Oh! lead me to JESUS for peace,
The Rock that is higher than I.
Speak, SAVIOUR, for sweet is thy voice:
Thy presence is fair to behold:
I thirst for thy Spirit, with cries
And groanings that cannot be told.
3 If sometimes I strive, as I mourn,
My hold of thy promise to keep,
The billows more fiercely return,
And plunge me again in the deep!
While harass'd and cast from thy sight,
The Tempter suggestions will pour,
The LORD hath forsaken thee quite :
Thy GoD will be gracious no more.
4 Yet, Lord, if thy love has design'd
No covenant blessing for me,
Ah, tell me, how is it I find
Some sweetness in waiting for thee?
Almighty to rescue thou art,
Thy strength do I trust in alone;
O save now, and comfort my heart,
And keep it for ever thine own!
338. The Backslider's Prayer. 8—8—6.
If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous: and he is the propiti. ation for our sins.-1 JOHN ii. 1, 2,
THOU sinner's advocate with GOD,
My only trust is in thy blood,
Thou all-atoning Lamb;
The virtue of thy death impart,
Speak comfort to my drooping heart,
And tell me all thy name.
2 Give me thy pard'ning love to feel,
And freely my backsliding heal,
Repair my faith's decay;
Restore the sweetness of thy grace,
Reveal the glories of thy face,
And take my sins away.
3 Speak, LORD, and let me find thee near, O come, and dissipate my fear, Declare my sins forgiven:
Return, thou Prince of Peace, return, Thou comforter of all that mourn,
And guide me safe to heaven.
339. Doubting. 8-8-6.
Search me, O GOD, and know my heart.-PSALM cxxxix. 23.
THOU gracious GOD, whose love unknown Hath thus far gently led me on, !
E'en from my infant days,
Mine inmost soul expose to view,
And tell me if I ever knew
Thy justifying grace.
2 If now thy Spirit were in me,
Would he not testify of thee
In JESUS reconcil'd;
And should I not with faith draw nigh,
And boldly "Abba Father," cry,
And know myself thy child.
3 Whate'er obstructs thy pard'ning love,
Sin or self-righteousness remove,
Thy glory to display;
My heart of unbelief convince,
And now absolve me from my sins,
And take them all away.
4 Father, in me reveal thy Son, And in my inmost soul make known, How merciful thou art:
The secret of thy love reveal,
And by thine hallowing Spirit dwell
For ever in my heart.
340. Doubting. 8-7.
JESUS, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.-MARK x. 47.
JESUS, full of all compassion,
Hear thy humble suppliant's cry;
Let me know thy great salvation;
See I languish, faint, and die:
Guilty, but with heart relenting,
Overwhelm'd with helpless grief,
Prostrate at thy feet repenting,
Send, O'send me quick relief!
2 Whither should a wretch be flying,
But to him who comfort gives?
Whither, from the dread of dying,
But to him who ever lives?
Hear then, blessed SAVIOUR, hear me,
My soul cleaveth to the dust;
Send the Comforter to cheer me,
Lo! in Thee I put my trust.
3 On the word thy blood hath sealed,
Hangs my everlasting all;
Let thine arm be now revealed,
Stay, O stay me, lest I fall!
In the world of endless ruin,
Let it never, LORD, be said,
"Here's a soul that perish'd sueing
"For the boasted SAVIOUR's aid!"
I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. -ISAIAH lvii. 15.
THE Lord will happiness divine
On contrite hearts bestow:
Then tell me, gracious GOD, is mine
A contrite heart or no?
2 1 hear, but seem to hear in vain, Insensible as steel;
If aught is felt, 'tis only pain,
To find I cannot feel.
3 I sometimes think myself inclin'd
To love thee, if I could;
But often feel another mind,
Averse to all that's good.
4 My best desires are faint and few,
I fain would strive for more ;
But when I cry, " My strength renew,"
Seem weaker than before.
5 Thy saints are comforted, I know,
And love thy house of pray'r;
I therefore go where others go,
But find no comfort there.
60 make this heart rejoice or ache;
Decide this doubt for me;
And if it be not broken, break,
And heal it, if it be.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom: I have led thee in right paths.PROV. iv. 11.
I ASK'D the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and ev'ry grace ;
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.