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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:
My soul this truth can relish now:
A worm upon thy pow'r is stay'd;
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5 If of myself I henceforth speak, 'Tis of infirmity alone;

I know that I am strong, tho' weak ;
My strength is CHRIST, the Mighty One.

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6 On everlasting arms I lean;
These only can sustain my hope;
These have till now my refuge been,
And these thro' life still hold me up.

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7 [I can look forward now with joy,
Though in myself a feeble worm;
For JESUS will his pow'r employ,
And save my soul in ev'ry storm.]

SECTION SIXTH.

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THE GOSPEL.

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
The Father has bestow'd
On sinners of a mortal race,
To call them Sons of GOD!

Nor doth it yet appear
How great we must be made;
But when we see our SAVIOUR here,
We shall be like our head.

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A hope so much divine
May trials well endure,
May purge our souls from sense and sin,
AS CHRIST the LORD is pure.

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4 If in my Father's love
I share a filial part,
Send down thy Spirit, like a dove,
To rest upon my heart.

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No longer would we lie
Like slaves beneath the throne;
My faith shall Abba, Father, cry,
And thou the kindred own.

369. Adoption. C.M.

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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.

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HARK! for 'tis God's own Son that calls
To life and liberty;
Transported fall before his feet,
Who makes the pris'ners free.

2 The cursed bonds of sin he breaks,
And breaks off Satan's chain:"
And deals those gracious pardons round
Which free from endless pain.

3 Into the captive heart he pours His spirit from on high:

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We lose the terrors of the slave,
And Abba, Father cry...

4 Shake off your bonds,and sing his grace,
The sinner's friend proclaim;
And call on all around to seek,
True freedom by his name.

5 Walk on at large, till you attain
Your Father's house above;
There shall you wear immortal crowns,
And sing redeeming love.

370. The Covenant of Grace un-
changeable. L.M.

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
To rend my soul from thee, my God!
But everlasting is thy love,
And JESUS seals it with his blood.

2 The oath and promise of the LORD
Join to confirm the wond'rous grace;
Eternal pow'r performs the word,
And fills all heav'n with endless praise.
3 Amidst temptations sharp and long
My soul to this dear refuge flies;
Hope is my anchor, firm and strong,
While tempests blow and billows rise.

4 The gospel bears my spirit up;
A faithful and unchanging GOD
Lays the foundation for my hope,
In oaths, and promises, and blood.

371.

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
A sinner's heart to sing;
Or more display the glorious right
Of our exalted King.

3 Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins; To melt the hardest hearts;

And from the work it once begins,
It never more departs.

4 The world and Satan strive in vain
Against the chosen few;

Secur❜d by grace's conqu'ring reign,
They all shall conquer too.

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5 LORD, when this changing life is past, If we may see thy face:

How shall we praise and love at last,
And sing the reign of grace.

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