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162.

H. M.
Faithfulness of God.

They stand secure
And steadfast still;

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1 THE promises I sing,

Which sovereign love hath spoke;
Nor will th' eternal King
His words of grace revoke:

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Not Zion's hill
Abides so sure.

2 The mountains melt away,
When once the Judge appears,
And sun and moon decay,
That measure mortal years;
But still the same,
In radiant lines

DODDRIDGE.

3 Their harmony shall sound
Through my attentive ears,

When thunders cleave the ground,
And dissipate the spheres:
'Midst all the shock I stand serene,
Of that dread scene, Thy word my rock.

The promise shines
Through all the flame.

ACTS AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD.

II.-WITH REFERENCE TO HIS CREATURES.

163.

C. M.

Condescension of God.

1 O LORD, our God, how wondrous great
Is thine exalted name!

The glories of thy heavenly state
Let every tongue proclaim.

2 Lord, what is man, or all his race,
Who dwells so far below,

That thou shouldst visit him with grace,
And love his nature so?

3 That thine eternal Son should bear
To take a mortal form,

Made lower than his angels are,

To save a dying worm?

WATTS.

4 Let him be crowned with majesty
Who bowed his head to death,
And be his honors sounded high
By all things that have breath.

5 Jesus, our Lord, how wondrous great
Is thine exalted name!

The glories of thy heavenly state
Let all the earth proclaim.

164.

S. M.

Divine Condescension.

1 O LORD, our heavenly King,
Thy name is all divine;

Thy glories round the earth are spread,
And o'er the heavens they shine.

2 When to thy works on high
I raise my wondering eyes,
And see the moon, complete in light,
Adorn the evening skies, -

WATTS.

3 When I survey the stars,

And all their shining forms, -
Lord, what is man, that worthless thing,
Akin to dust and worms?

4 Lord, what is worthless man,

That thou shouldst love him so?
Next to thine angels is he placed,
And lord of all below.

5 How rich thy bounties are,

How wondrous are thy ways,
That, from the dust, thy power should frame
A monument of praise!

165.

C. M.

God's Condescension.

1 O THOU, to whom all creatures bow
Within this earthly frame,

Through all the world, how great art thou!
How glorious is thy name.

TATE & BRADY.

2 When heaven, thy glorious work on high,
Employs my wondering sight,-

The moon, that nightly rules the sky,
With stars of feebler light,-

3 Lord, what is man, that thou shouldst choose To keep him in thy mind?

Or what his race, that thou shouldst prove
To them so wondrous kind?

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4 O Thou, to whom all creatures bow
Within this earthly frame,
Through all the world, how great art thou!
How glorious is thy name!

166.

C. M.

Truth and Goodness of God.

1 FAITHFUL, O Lord, thy mercies are,
A rock that cannot move;

A thousand promises declare
Thy constancy of love.

MONTGOMERY.

2 Thou waitest to be gracious still ; Thou dost with sinners bear,

That, saved, we may thy goodness feel.
And all thy grace declare.

3 Its streams the whole creation reach,
So plenteous is the store;
Enough for all, enough for each,
Enough forevermore.

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4 Throughout the universe it reigns ;
It stands forever sure;
And while thy truth, O God, remains,
Thy goodness shall endure.

C. M.

God present with his People.

1 THE heaven of heavens cannot contain The universal Lord;

Yet he in humble hearts will deign

To dwell and be adored.

DRENNAN.

2 Where'er ascends the sacrifice
Of fervent praise and prayer,
Or on the earth, or in the skies,
The God of heaven is there.

3 His presence is diffused abroad
Through realms and worlds unknown;
Who seek the mercies of our God
Are ever near his throne.

168.

C. M.

God our Keeper.

1 TO heaven I lift my waiting eyes; There all my hopes are laid;

The Lord, who built the earth and skies,
Is my perpetual aid.

2 Their steadfast feet shall never fall,
Whom he designs to keep;
His ear attends their humble call,
His eyes can never sleep.

3 Israel, rejoice, and rest secure ;
Thy keeper is the Lord;
His wakeful eyes employ his power
For thine eternal guard.

WATTS.

4 He guards thy soul, he keeps thy breath,
Where thickest dangers come;

Go and return, secure from death,
Till God shall call thee home.

169.

C. M.

God our Guardian.

1 ON God we build our sure defence;
In God our hopes repose;
His hand protects our varying life,
And guards us from our foes.

2 Our minds shall be serene and calm,
Like Siloa's peaceful flood,
Whose soft and silver streams refresh
The city of our God.

PITT.

3 We to the mighty Lord of hosts
Securely will resort;
For refuge fly to Jacob's God,
Our succor and support.

170.

C. M.

God our Defence.

1 NO change of time shall ever shock
My trust, O Lord, in thee;

For thou hast always been my rock,
A sure defence to me.

TATE & BRADY.

2 Thou our deliverer art, O God;
Our trust is in thy power;
Thou art our shield from foes abroad,
Our safeguard, and our tower.

3 To thee will we address our prayer,
To whom all praise we owe;
O, may we, by thy watchful care,
Be saved from every foe.

4 Then let Jehovah be adored,
On whom our hopes depend;
For who, except the mighty Lord,
His people can defend?

171.

L. M.

God a Rock.

1 WHEN thickly beat the storms of life,
And heavy is the chastening rod,
The soul, beyond the waves of strife,
Views the eternal rock-her God.

ANON.

2 What hope dispels the spirit's gloom,

When sinking 'neath affliction's shock? Faith, through the vista of the tomb, Points to the everlasting rock.

3 Is there a man who cannot see

That joy and grief are from above? O, let him humbly bend the knee,

And own his Father's chastening love.

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