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doing wonders. Who, in the heavens, can be compared unto the Lord ? Who, among the sons of the mighty, can be likened unto Thee, O Lord God of hosts? As the heavens are high above the earth, so are Thy thoughts above our thoughts, and Thy ways
above our ways. All nations, before Thee, are as the drop of a bucket, or the small dust of the balance; and Thou takest up the isles as a very little thing: they are as nothing, and counted to Thee as less than nothing, and as vanity.
Thou art the eternal, immortal, and unchangeable God. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting Thou art God, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.
Thou art the omnipresent God. None can hide himself in secret places, that Thou canst not see him, for Thou fillest heaven and earth with Thy presence.
Thou art the omniscient Jehovah. All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Thou understandest our thoughts afar off: there is not a word in our tongue, but lo! 0 Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.
Thy wisdom is unsearchable. Thine understanding, O Lord, is infinite. Thou tellest the number of the stars, and callest them all by their names. Thou art wonderful in council, excellent in working, wise in heart, and mighty in strength. 0 the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out !
Thy sovereignty is incontestable. Thou dost according to Thy will, in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay Thy hand, or say unto Thee, What doest Thou?
Thy power is irresistible. We know, O God, that Thou canst do every thing. All power is Thine, both in heaven and in earth: Thou killest, and Thou makest alive : Thou woundest, and Thou healest : and there is none that can deliver out of Thy hand.
Thou art a God of unspotted purity and perfect rectitude. Thou art holy, 0 Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Holy and reverend is Thy Name; and we give thanks at the remembrance of Thy holiness. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; neither shall evil dwell with Thee.
Thy justice is inflexible, Thy truth inviolable, and the treasures of Thy goodness inexhaustible. Thou
art righteous, O Lord, in all Thy ways, and holy in all Thy works. Thy righteousness is as the great mountains : all Thy ways are truth and judgment. Thou art good, and Thy mercy endureth for ever. Thy loving kindness is great towards us, and Thy truth endureth to all generations. Thou hast proclaimed Thy Name, the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin.
These, O Lord, are but part of Thy ways; for who by searching can find out God ? who can find out the Almighty to perfection ?
We praise Thee as a God of ineffable glory. Thou hast prepared Thy throne in the heavens; and the Seraphim veil their faces before Thee. Thou makest Thine angels spirits, and Thy ministers a flame of fire : Thousand thousands minister unto Thee, and ten thousand times ten thousand stand before Thee. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive blessing, and honour, and glory, and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created. The earth is full of Thy riches; Thy kingdom ruleth over all: a sparrow falls not to the ground without our Father; and the hairs of our head are all numbered.
Thou madest man at first out of the dust of the ground, and didst breathe into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul. Thou hast made of one blood all the nations of men, for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hast determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
We adore Thee, as the one living and true God, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. We give honour to the Son as to the Father; and to the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who is sent to teach us all things, and to bring all things to our remembrance. We praise Thee, O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier. Thou hast made us, and not we ourselves; and therefore we are not our own, but Thine, Thy people, and the sheep of Thy pasture. In Thee we live, and move, and have our being. Thou hast redeemed us from evil. .
We are bought with a price. It is of Thy mercy that we are not consumed, even because Thy compassions fail not.
Thou hast appointed us a High Priest, in Whose Name we may come boldly to the throne of grace. We make mention of the righteousness of Christ, and of His only.
COST merciful God, we come unto Thee, in hum
ble dependence upon His atonement and intercession, and confess our sins, which are many and great. Against Thee, Thee only, have we sinned, 0 God: and to us belongeth shame and confusion of face. Behold, we are vile; what shall we answer Thee? We will lay our hand upon our mouth. Thou puttest no trust in Thy saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in Thy sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinketh iniquity like water ? We have ruined ourselves : but in Thee is our help. If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who should stand ? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared: with Thee there is mercy: yea, with our God there is plenteous redemption.
O Lord, Thou madest man upright, but he hath sought out many inventions. Our first parents rebelled against Thee; and we are transgressors from the womb. We are a seed of evil doers. We have dealt very treacherously. By one man's disobedience, , many were made sinners. By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Behold, we