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The Church lamenting the depravity of man, longetk
for the Redemption of Christ. 1 THERE is a God all nature cries;
None but the fool the truth denies. On all God's works it stands exprest,
By vivid arguments confest.
From heav'n, His high exalted throne,
Who understand and seek their Gop? 3 From His appointed righteous way,
Alas! they all are gone astray,
And none is righteous ; no, not one. 4 Guilty, condemn'd, deprav'd and lost,
Who before God hath ought to boast?
And bring salvation from the skies.
And each glad heart its tribute bring.
PSALM 15. (s. M.) Appointed by the Church for Ascension Day-as exhibiting the character of the Prince and Citi
zens of Zion. 1 WHO shall ascend and dwell
With Thee, Almighty GOD Who shall in Zion's holy hill Inhabit Thine abode ?
2 He, who is pure in heart,
Whose words and thoughts are one, Whose will is to God's will conform'd,
Whose feet obedient run. 3 Who never with design
Would hurt another's fame; But to promote his happiness,
His universal aim.
In every rank reproves ;
Honors, esteems, and loves, 5 Who, faithful to his word,
His lips with truth adorns;
And mean advantage scorns. 8 These works, effects of faith,
Labours of active love,
Rewards of grace above.
Mirror of truth and grace!
PSALM 16. (L.M.) David describing his own distress and hope of eter
nal life, prophecies of the death, resurrection and glory of Messiah. - Compare Acts, ii. 25, and
xiii. 35. I PRESERVE me, Lord, in Thee I trust,
To Thine almighty arm I flee.
My goodness no returns can make,
Nor can extend, my God, to Thee. 20 condescension great, which deigns
Our humble services to own,
Acknowledges before Thy throne. 3 Tho' oft by sinful man despis’d,
Esteem'd, and valued in Thy sight, In them Thine image, LORD, I see;
In them, as excellent, delight. 4 Be Thou the portion of my cup;
My God, my heritage, my all ; O fix my stedfast eyes on Thee;
Protect and and guard me, lest I fall. 5 LORD, when in dust I lay my head,
My fading flesh in hope shall rest, By pow'r divine, ere long, reviv'd,
Shall rise triumphant, pure and blest, 6 The path of life my eyes shall see,
In Thy blest presence Thee adore.
Glory and pleasures evermore.
(L. M.) 1 PRESERVE me, LORD, the Saviour cried.
My soul, remark His dying
Dies for transgressions not His own, 2 His pure obededience unto death
Extended not Himself to bless.
3 Glory to Thee, O LAMB of God!
Thy sacred blood atonement made, Be Thou my portion, Thou my hope,
By Thee the debt of sin was paid. 4 At Thy right hand Jehovah stooda
Thy pow'r achiev'd the arduous plan. In the dark grave God's HOLY ONE
Reposed, and rescued fallen man. 6 The path of life, before untried,
To Thee was shewn, by Thee explor'd. O mystery great! man thus enjoys Pleasures for ever with his Lord.
PSALM 17. (L.M.) A prayer for divine protection and guidance, in the
confidence of hope. 1 HEAR Thou my right, O LORD, attend,
FATHER of all, my soul defend ; While enemies around me tread,
Deign Thou my humble cause to plead. 2 0 Thou, my God, my guard, my guide,
Leave not my erring feet to slide.
Prove Thou my heart, nor let me stray: 3 Thy marvelous loving-kindness shew;
Let Thy right hand disarm the foe;
Under the shadow of Thy wings. 4 On Thee I call, O LORD; arise ;
Oft Thou, my God, hast heard my cries;
5 As Lions, greedy for their prey, —
Bent to destroy, they watch my way;
My steps they mark, my paths surround. 6 Arise, O LORD, perform Thy word,
The wrath of man is but Thy sword !
Than this life's bliss, or sordid gold. 7 O grant me to behold Thy face,
In realms of righteousness and peace,
PSALM 18. (l.m.) A song of victory, in the day that the Lord had
delivered David out of the hand of all his enemies,
My rock, protector, and my God;
My fortress, my secure abode.
All might, all praise to Thee belongs.
And vict'ry swells our grateful songs.