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6 The Lord makes bare his arm,

Thro' all the earth abroad :
Let ev'ry nation now behold

Their Saviour and their God.

395. The Excellency of the Gospel. s.m. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:

the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.—Psalm xix. 7. 1 Behold the morning sun

Begins his glorious way;
His beams o'er all the nations run,

And life and light convey.
2 But where the Gospel comes,

It spreads diviner light;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,

And gives the blind their sight. 3 How perfect is thy word,

And all thy judgments just :
For ever sure thy promise, Lord,

And men securely trust.
4 I hear thy word with love,

And I would fain obey;
O send thy Spirit from above,

To guide me, lest I stray. 5 Warn me of every sin,

Forgive my secret faults;
And cleanse this guilty soul of mine,

Whose crimes exceed my thoughts.

6 While with my heart and tongue

I spread thy praise abroad,
Accept the worship and the song,
My Saviour and my

God.

396. The Glory of Christ displayed in the

powerful effects produced by the Gospel.

L.M.

My heart is indicting a good matter, &c.-Ps. xlv. I.

1 Now be my heart inspir’d to sing The glories of my Saviour-King, Jesus the Lord; how heav'nly fair

His form ! how bright his beauties are. 2 O'er all the sons of human race

He shines with a superior grace;
Love from his lips divinely flows,

And blessings all his state compose.
3 Dress thee in arms most mighty Lord,

Gird on the terror of thy sword,
In majesty and glory ride,

With truth and meekness at thy side. 4 Thine anger like a pointed dart,

Shall pierce the foes of stubborn heart; Or words of mercy, kind and sweet,

Shall melt the rebels at thy feet. 5 Thy throne, O God, for ever stands, Grace is the sceptre in thy hands;

Thy laws and works are just and right,
Justice and grace are thy delight.

6 Therefore thy God has richly shed

The oil of gladness on thy head;
And with his sacred Spirit blest
His first-born Son above the rest.

397. The Blessedness of a Saving Knowledge

of the Gospel. C.M.

Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound:

they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day : and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted, &c. - Ps. Ixxxix. 15, 16, &c.

1 Blest are the souls that hear and know

The Gospel's joyful sound;
Peace shall attend the paths they go,

And light their steps surround.
2 Their joy shall bear their spirits up,

Through their Redeemer's name; His righteousness exalts their hope,

Nor Satan dares condemn.

3 The Lord, our glory and defence,

Strength and salvation gives ! Israel, thy King for ever reigns,

Thy God for ever lives !

398. The Gospel worthy of all Acceptation.

C.M.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.—1 Tim. i. 15. I Jesus, th' eternal Son of God,

Whom Seraphim obey,
The bosom of the Father leaves,

And enters human clay.
2 Into our sinful world he comes,
The messenger

of

grace,
And on the bloody tree expires,

A victim in our place.
3 Transgressors of the deepest stain

In him salvation find :
His blood removes the foulest guilt,

His Spirit heals the mind.
Jesus redeems from sin and hell,

His words are true and sure,
And on this rock our faith may rest

Immoveably secure.
5 O let these tidings be receiv’d

With universal joy;
And let the high angelic praise

Our tuneful powers employ! 6 "

Glory to God, who gave bis Son To bear our shame and pain ! Hence peace on earth, and grace to men

In endless blessings reign.”

THE

INVITATIONS OF THE GOSPEL.

399. The Free Invitations of the Gospel.

8-846.

come.

The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst

And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.—Rev. xxii. 17. 1 Ye careless, dying sinners, come! Jesus, the Lord, invites you home;

O whither can you go?
What, are your crimes of crimson hue ?
His promise is for ever true,

He'll wash you white as snow. 2 Backsliders, fill’d with your own ways, Whose weeping nights and wretched days

In bitterness are spent,
Return to Jesus, he'll reveal
His face again, and sweetly heal

What you so much lament.
[3 Tried souls, look up, he says— 'Tis I-
He loves you still, but means to try

If faith will bear the test;
The Lord has giv’n the chiefest good,
He shed for you his precious blood-

O trust him for the rest.]

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