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The Bible suited to our Wants.
1 FATHER of mercies, in thy word
What endless glory shines!
Forever be thy name adored,
For these celestial lines.
2 "Tis here the tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast;
Here purer sweets than nature knows
Invite the longing taste.
3 'Tis here the Saviour's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around,
And life, and everlasting joys,
Attend the blissful sound.
4 O, may these heavenly pages be
My ever-dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light.
5 Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,
Be thou forever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour here.
Value of the Scriptures.
1 LADEN with guilt, and full of fears,
I fly to thee, my
And not a gleam of hope appears,
But in thy written word.
2 The volume of my Father's grace
Does all my grief assuage;
Here I behold my Saviour's face
In almost every page.
3 This is the field where hidden lies
The pearl of price unknown;
That merchant is divinely wise
Who makes this pearl his own.
4 Here consecrated water flows,
To quench my thirst of sin;
'Tis here the tree of knowledge grows;
No danger dwells therein.
5 This is the Judge that ends the strife
Where wit and reason fail,
My Guide to everlasting life
Through all this gloomy vale.
6 O, may thy counsels, mighty God,
My roving feet command,
Nor I forsake the happy road
Which leads to thy right hand.
1 HAIL, sacred truth! whose piercing rays
Dispel the shades of night,
Diffusing o'er the mental world
The healing beams of light.
2 Thy word, O Lord, with friendly aid, Restores our wandering feet,
Converts the sorrows of the mind
To joys divinely sweet.
3 O, send thy light and truth abroad
In all their radiant blaze,
And bid th' admiring world adore
The glories of thy grace.
Divine Authority of the Bible.
1 'TWAS by an order from the Lord,
The ancient prophets spoke his word;
His Spirit did their tongues inspire,
And warm their hearts with heavenly fire.
2 Great God, mine eyes with pleasure look
On all the pages of thy book;
There my Redeemer's face I see,
And read his name who died for me.
3 Let the false raptures of the mind
Be lost and vanish in the wind:
Here I can fix my hope secure ;
This is thy word, and must endure.
The Riches of God's Word.
1 LET worldly men, from shore to shore,
Their chosen good pursue;
Thy word, O Lord, we value more
Than treasures of Peru.
2 Here mines of knowledge, love, and joy,
Are opened to our sight;
The purest gold without alloy,
And gems divinely bright.
3 The counsels of redeeming grace
These sacred leaves unfold;
And here the Saviour's lovely face
Our raptured eyes behold.
4 Here light descending from above
Directs our doubtful feet;
Here promises of heavenly love
Our ardent wishes meet.
5 Our numerous griefs are here redressed,
And all our wants supplied:
Nought we can ask to make us blest
Is in this book denied.
Comfort from the Bible.
1 LORD, I have made thy word my choice, My lasting heritage;
There shall my noblest powers rejoice,
My warmest thoughts engage.
2 I'll read the histories of thy love,
And keep thy laws in sight,
While through the promises I rove,
With ever-fresh delight.
3 'Tis a broad land, of wealth unknown,
Where springs of life arise,
Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,
And hidden glory lies.
4 The best relief that mourners have,
It makes our sorrows blest;
Our fairest hope beyond the grave,
And our eternal rest.
Power of God's Word.
1 BEHOLD, the morning sun
Begins his glorious way;
His beams through 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!
Forever sure thy promise, Lord,
And we securely trust.
4 My gracious God, how plain
Are thy directions given!
O, may I never read in vain,
But find the path to heaven.
INVITATIONS OF THE GOSPEL.
The Gospel originating in sovereign Mercy.
1 GOD, in the gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known:
Here love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
2 Here sinners, of an humble frame,
May taste his grace, and learn his name ;
May read, in characters of blood,
The wisdom, power, and grace, of God.
3 Here faith reveals to mortal eyes
A brighter world beyond the skies;
Here shines the light which guides our way
From earth to realms of endless day.
4 O, grant us grace, almighty Lord,
To read and mark thy holy word,
Its truths with meekness to receive,
And by its holy precepts live.
God's Purpose of Mercy.
1 THE Lord on high proclaims
His Godhead from his throne;
Mercy and justice are the names
By which he will be known.
2 Ye dying souls, that sit
In darkness and distress,
Look from the borders of the pit
To his recovering grace.
3 Sinners shall hear the sound;
Their thankful tongues shall own
Their righteousness and strength are found
In thee, O Lord, alone.
4 In thee shall Israel trust,
And see their guilt forgiven;
Thou wilt pronounce the sinners just,
And take the saints to heaven.
The Teaching of Jesus.
1 HOW sweetly flowed the gospel sound From lips of gentleness and grace, When listening thousands gathered round, And joy and gladness filled the place!
2 From heaven he came, of heaven he spoke, To heaven he led his followers' way; Dark clouds of gloomy night he broke, Unveiling an immortal day.