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566. The Believer encouraged in his conflict with sin and Satan. L.M.
Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.-EPH. vi. 10, 11.
STAND up, my soul, shake off thy fears, And gird the gospel-armour on; March to the gates of endless joy, Where thy greatCaptain Saviour's gone. 2 Hell and thy sins resist thy course, But hell and sin are vanquish'd foes; Thy Jesus nail'd them to the cross, And show'd his triumph when he rose. 3 What tho' the prince of darkness rage, And waste the fury of his spite; Eternal chains confine him down To fiery deeps, and endless night. 4 What tho' thine inward lusts rebel, 'Tis but a struggling gasp for life; The weapons of victorious grace Shall slay thy sins, and end thy strife.
5 Then let my soul march boldly on,
6 There shall I wear a starry crown, And triumph in Almighty Grace; While all the armies of the skies Join in my glorious Leader's praise!
567. Death welcome in the prospect of heaven. C.M.
And there shall be no night there.-REV. xxii. 5.
Where saints immortal reign;
3 Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood,
4 But timorous mortals start and shrink,
5 0! could we make our doubts remove, (Those gloomy doubts that rise), And see the Canaan that we love With unbeclouded eyes!
6 Could we but climb where Moses stood, And view the landscape o'er, Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold
Should fright us from the shore.
568. Communion desired. L.M.
"Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions.-SONG OF SOL. i, 7.
THOU whom my soul admires above All earthly joy, and earthly love, Say, my beloved, let me know Where do thy sweetest pastures grow. 2 Where is the shadow of that rock, That from the sun defends thy flock? Fain would I feed among thy sheep, Among them rest, among them sleep. 3 Why should thy bride appear like one That turns aside to paths unknown? My constant feet would never rove, Would never seek another love.
4 The footsteps of thy flock I see,
Thy sweetest pastures here they be:
5 His flesh he makes my heav'nly food,
569. The Believer's portion and joy. C.M.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever, &c. PSALM lxxiii. 24, 28.
THY counsels, Lord, shall guide my feet
Through this dark wilderness; Thine hand conduct me near thy seat, To dwell before thy face.
2 Were I in heaven without my God,
3 To thee, O Lord, mine eyes will look,
4 Behold, the sinners that remove
5 But to draw near to thee my God, Shall be my sweet employ; My tongue shall sound thy works
And tell the world my joy.
570. The Believer's views and knowledge imperfect in this life. C.M.
Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall 1 know, even as also I am known.-1 COR. xiii. 12.
O God! is in the sea,
2 Here the dark veils of flesh and sense
3 When I behold thine awful hand
4 As thro' a glass, I dimly see
5 'Tis but in part I know thy will;
6 With rapture shall I then survey