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4 May we in faith receive thy word,

In faith present our prayers ; And in the presence of our Lord,

Unburden all our cares. 5 And may the Gospel's joyful sound,

Enforc'd by mighty grace, Awaken many sinners round,

To come and fill the place.

450. The presence of the Lord implored. C.M. We will go into his tabernacles; we will worship at

his footstool. Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.-Psalm cxxxii. 7. 8. 1 ARISE, O King of grace, arise,

And enter to thy rest,
Lo! thy church waits with longing eyes;

Now be it own'd and blest.
2 Enter with all thy glorious train,

Thy Spirit and thy word;
All that the ark did once contain
Could no such grace

3 Here, mighty God, accept our vows,

Here let thy praise be spread;
Bless the provisions of thy house,

And fill thy poor with bread. 4 Here let the Son of David reign

Let God's anointed shine;
Justice and truth his court maintain,

With love and pow'r divine.

5 Here let him hold a lasting throne:

And, as his kingdom grows,
Fresh honours shall adorn his crown,

And shame confound his focs.

451. The privilege of Public Worship. C.M. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will

be still praising thee.—Psalm lxxxiv. 4. 1 O HAPPY they who know the Lord,

With whom he deigns to dwell!
He feeds and cheers them by his word,

His arm supports them well.
2 To them, in each distressing hour,

His throne of grace is near;
And when they plead his love and pow'r,

He stands engag'd to hear.
[3 He help'd his saints in ancient days,

Who trusted in his name;
And we can witness to his praise,

His love is still the same.
4 Wand'ring in sin, our souls he found,

And bid us seek his face;
Gave us to hear the gospel sound,

And taste the gospel-grace.]
5 Oft in his house his glory shines,

Before our wond’ring eyes;
We wish not then for golden mines,

Or aught beneath the skies.

6 His presence sweetens all our cares,

And makes our burdens light;
A word from him dispels our fears,

And gilds the gloom of night.

7 Lord, we expect to suffer here,

Nor would we dare repine;
But give us still to find thee near,

And own us still for thine.

8 May we enjoy, and highly prize

These tokens of thy love:
Till thou shalt bid our spirits rise,

To worship thee above.

452. Unfruitfulness under the Means of Grace

lamented. c.m.
1 Long have I sat beneath the sound

Or thy salvation, Lord ;
But still how weak my faith is found,

And knowledge of thy word !

2 Oft I frequent thy holy place,

And 'hear almost in vain :
How small a portion of thy grace

Does my false heart retain !

3 How cold and feeble is


How negligent my fear!
How low my hopes of joys above!

How few affections there!

4 Great God! thy sov'reign pow'r impart,

To give thy word success;
Write thy salvation on my heart,

And make me learn thy grace. 5 Show my forgetful feet the way

That leads to joys on high;
There knowledge grows without decay,

And love shall never die.

453. Before Sermon. C.M. Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that

cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.-John vi. 35.

1 Glory to God, who gave the word,

And bid the preachers cry;
Who caus'd his will to be proclaim'd,

And brought salvation nigh. 2 Lord ever give us of that bread,

And grant us ears to hear,
Hearts to receive the heav'nly seed

And bring forth fruit with fear 3 O may thy word direct our path,

And guide our fault’ring feet,
Direct us in the living way,

And to thy mercy seat!
4 Fountain of everlasting life,

Of bliss, and truth, and good,
Give us (that we may never thirst)
To drink of Jesu's blood !

[5 Fill every hungry soul with grace,

From thine exhaustless store;
And let no one go empty hence,

But taste and pray for more.] 6 O let thy children all be fed

With the eternal word;
Be wise, and stronger grow thereby,
Increasing in the Lord !

454. Before Sermon. 75 I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.-GENESIS

xxxii 26.
1 LORD, we come before thee now,

At thy feet we humbly bow;
()! do not our suit disdain ;

Shall we seek thy face in vain ? 2 In thine own appointed way,

Now we seek thee, here we stay;
And from hence we would not go,

Till a blessing thou bestow.
3 Send some message from thy word,

That may joy and peace afford;
Let thy Spirit now impart

Full salvation to each heart.
4 Grant that all may seek, and find

Thee a God supremely kind;
Heal the sick, the captive free,
Let us all rejoice in thee.

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