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But where the Gospel comes,
It spreads diviner light;
And gives the blind their sight.
And all thy judgments just!
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.
WATTS. Instruction from the Scriptures. Psalm 34. 1 How shall the young secure their hearts
And guard their lives from sin ? Thy word the choicest rules imparts,
To keep the conscience clean.
It spreads such light abroad,
And raise their thoughts to God. 3 'T is like the sun, a heavenly light,
That guides us all the day; And through the dangers of the night,
A lamp to lead our way. 4 Thy word is everlasting truth;
How pure is every page! That holy book shall guide our youth,
And well support our age.
The Blessings of the Gospel. i Blest are the souls that hear and know
The Gospel's joyful sound;
And light their steps surround.
2 Their joy shall bear their spirits up,
Through their Redeemer's name; His righteousness exalts their hope,
Nor dares the world condemn.
3 The Lord, our glory and defence,
Strength and salvation gives; Israel, thy King for ever reigns,
Thy God for ever lives.
Searching the Scriptures.
And dreads the curious eye:
They bid us search and try.
may we still maintain
But hidden treasures find.
With understanding blest,
Created to be free,
Subject to none but thee.
4 Lord, give the light we need ;
With soundest knowledge fill;
From prejudice our will.
May we with firmness own;
And fearing thee alone.
· 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 'T is 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:
And our eternal rest.
1 Let all the heathen writers join
To form one perfect book; Great God, if once compared with thine,
How mean their writings look! 2 Not the most perfect rules they gave
Could show one sin forgiven, Nor lead a step beyond the grave;
But thine conduct to heaven.
3 I've seen an end of what we call
Perfection here below;
And can no farther go!
4. Our faith, and love, and every grace,
Fall far below thy word ;
Dwell only with the Lord.
The Value of the Scriptures.
i How precious is the book divine,
By inspiration given!
To lead our souls to heaven.
2 O’er all the straight and narrow way
Its radiant beams are cast; A light whose never weary ray
Grows brightest at the last.
3 It sweetly cheers our fainting hearts
In this dark vale of tears ;
And calms our anxious fears.
4 This lamp through all the dreary night
Of life shall guide our way,
Of never-ending day.
In every star thy wisdom shines;
We read thy name in fairer lines.
And nights and days, thy power confess; But the blest volume thou hast writ
Reveals thy justice and thy grace. 3 Sun, moon, and stars convey thy praise
Round the whole earth, and never stand ; So, when thy truth began its race,
It touched and glanced on every land. 4 Nor shall thy spreading Gospel rest
Till through the world thy truth has run; Till Christ has all the nations blest,
That see the light, or feel the sun.
Bless the dark world with heavenly light: