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and to render it is the noblest exercise of Not only by the word but by the rod, teach ? which our nature is capable. And it is infi- us to profit. May we learn obedience by O nitely thy due from all thy creatures; and all the the things we suffer: and however griev.. thy works display thy attributes and fulfil thy ous any dispensation may be to Aesh and 13 designs. The sea and the dry land; the win- blood, may we be able to say with a sufferer
ter's cold and the summer's heat; the morn- of old, I know that this shall turn to my sal
ing light and the evening shade, all are full vation. We forget not the sons and daugh1. of Thee. Thy paths drop down fatness. Thou ters of affliction : 0 do Thou remember them
givest us richly all things to enjoy. Thou art in the displays of thy power, and the tenderthe King of kings, and the Lord of lords. Em- ness of thy pity. pires rise and fall, and fade and flourish at thy Our goodness extendeth not to Thee, but pleasure. But while all thy works praise thee, may the poor and the needy, and the ignorant O Lord, thy saints bless Thee. And how ma- and the vicious find that it ever extends to ny of these are there in thy house above. And them: and that Thou art pleased to make us how many are there even in this world which not only the subjects of thy goodness, but the lieth in wickedness; and how does it delight instruments of thy mercy. Bless the throne, us to think that their multitude is so greatly the government, and the country. May the increasing. The Lord add to his people how British empire le under thine eye continually, many soever they be, a hundred fold! and ever prove the seat of knowledge and
But O number us with thy saints in glory | freedom, of social order and happiness, of everlasting. We turn from men of the world gospel privileges and genuine godliness, of who have their portion in this life, the gro | benevolence and usefulness. vellers of mortality, and long to be remem Let better days arrive than the world has bered with the favour Thou bearest unto thy ever yet witnessed. Let the gospel break in people. If we know our own hearts, we would upon those who are lying in the shade of choose rather to suffer affliction with the peo- death and hell: and where the illumination ple of God than enjoy the pleasures of sin for has begun, may the light of the moon be as a season; and esteem the reproach of Christ the light of the sun, and the light of the sun greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. be sevenfold as the light of seven days. Bind How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy up all the breaches of thy people, and heal tabernacles, O Israel! May we die the death the stroke of their wounds. Bless thy church of the righteous, and may our last end be like universally : and revive and enlarge the portheirs. And, O Lord, we pray to resembletion of it with which we are connected, and them, not only in their future allotment, but have been again engaged in the exercises of in their present condition and character. devotion. Behold us as a family; and may With them we would sit at the great Teach- the good will of Ilim that dwelt in the bush, er's feet and receive of his words. With them ever reside in this house to secure and to we would run the race that is set before us, bless. looking unto Jesus. With them we would Regard us as individuals, at the close of fight the good fight of faith, and lay bold on another Sabbath. How many have this day eternal life.
been awakened to the resolution, I will arise May our religion never be an undecided and go unto my Father. How many have thing in our own minds: may we know that had their faith and hope in God established. the root of the matter is found in us; and may | How many have obtained supplies to prepare others know it too. May our principles be them for their re-entrance into the duties and evinced in their operation and effects. May trials of life. But we fear it is not so with we not only believe with the heart, but con us. We mourn over our unprofitableness, fess with the tongue, and hold forth the word and tremble at our condition. We have of life by our lives as well as by our lips. again met together, if not for the better for May our understandings be more informed in the worse. O let us not provoke Thee to divine things: our affections more holy and withdraw the means of grace from us, or to heavenly ; our principles more confirmed ; our withhold the influence which can alone renmotives more simple and pure; our hearts der them effectual. We know the Word we more right with God. Till the day dawn, hear will judge us in the last day; may we and the shadows flee away, may there be an judge ourselves by it now, that we may not open and unrestrained intercourse between be condemned with the wicked. Enter not Thee and our souls. Till the full fruition into judgment with thy servants, for in thy comes, may we enjoy the earnests of our in- sight shall no flesh living be justified. Our heritance, and the first-fruits of the Spirit. Father, &c. Till we walk by sight, may we walk by faith. Till we finish our course with joy, may we pursue it with diligence, and in every inter
MONDAY MORNING. mediate part display the resources of the O LORD, open Thou our mouth, and our Christian, and adorn the doctrine of God our lips shall show forth thy praise. We adore Saviour in all things
and bless Thee, not only as our Creator, and
Preserver, and Benefactor, but also as our | again: and love to all our fellow-creatures condescending Teacher. None teaches like but especially to them that are of the house Thee. Thou hast opened before us the vo- hold of faith. May we love them notwilblume of Nature, and there we can read and standing differences of opinion and impertecconsider the works of the Lord which are tions of character; and love them out of a great and useful, sought out of all them that pure heart fervently. have pleasure therein: but we have also spread Be the friend of our friends; the father of before us the fuller and clearer pages of reve- our children; the master of our servats. lation. In these we see what Thou wilt have Bless this family. May thine eye and uy us to do; and it is inscribed with such plain- heart be here continually. May all the med ness that he may run that readeth. And bers of the household make thy word the rule here we learn not only what Thou requirest of their conduct, submitting themse ses ode of us, but what Thou hast done for us and to another in the fear of God, and by love xerpromised to us. Here we commune with ing one another. Some of our connexions are Thee as the God of all grace, and the Father far off' from us; but we rejoice to think that of mercies; the God and Father of our Lord they are near Thee, and that thou art a very Jesus Christ. In the fulness of time Thou present help in trouble. Keep thein as toe wast pleased to send forth thy Son, made of a apple of the eye; hide them under the shawoman, made under the law to redeem them dow of thy wing; and may all grace aboriad that were under the law; and he bore our towards them. Let the young be subersins in his own body on the tree; and having minded, and flee youthful lusts. Let the made peace by the blood of his cross, he was hoary head be a crown of glory, being found exalted at thy own right hand to be a prince in the way of righteousness. We pray for and a Saviour, to give repentance unto Is the afflicted; and we pray still more for the rael and forgiveness of sins.
prosperous and indulged. O Lord, we would cheerfully and thank- Bless the services of the past Sabteth. fully avail ourselves of the provisions of thy Let us not lay aside our religious concern love; and while others go about to establish with the day appointed to excite and increase their own righteousness, we would submit it: may we retain a savour of the things of ourselves to the righteousness which is of God through all the unhallowing arocations God. May we renounce every other refuge of the week. We often hear thy word: let for our souls, every other foundation for our us not resemble a man beholding his natural hope; and rejoice in Christ Jesus; and have face in a glass : for he beholdeth himself, and no confidence in the flesh.
goeth his way, and straightway forgetieth It delights us to think how many are al- what manner of man he was. But mar ve ready made the partakers of this life-giving look into the perfect law of liberty and me Saviour; but we pray for a participation of tinue therein, that being not forgetful hearers, him ourselves. O bless us with a present but doers of the word, we may be blessed in experience of his salvation, in our deliverance our deed. And to God only wise, be glory from sin, in our bearing the image of the for ever and ever. Amen. heavenly, in our enjoying his presence, and in our being upheld by his free Spirit. And O bless us with a conscious experience of his
MONDAY EVENING. salvation. Let us not live from day to day, O God, Thou dost according to thine own uncertain what we are and whither we are will in the army of heaven, and among the going; but bear witness with our spirits that inhabitants of the earth : none can stay the we are thy children, and enable us to say, I hand, or say unto Thee, What doest Thou? know that my Redeemer liveth. And bless We are the creatures of thy power; Thou us with a growing experience of this salva- art the Father of our spirits; and it is thy tion: if already enlightened, may we see inspiration that giveth them understanding. greater things than these; it already quickened We are entirely the care of thy providence; together with Christ, may we have life more Thou hast holden our souls in life, and not abundantly: renew us day by day in our in- suffered our feet to be removed : and having ward man; and lead us on from strength to obtained help of Thee we continue to this strength in the way everlasting, till we shall day. appear perfect before Thee in Zion.
| But, O God, we are sinners in thy sight; O for more of that abiding in Jesus with- and if we say we have not sinned, we make out which we cannot bring forth fruit! O for thee a liar, and thy word is not in us. Far a deeper sense of our obligations to him, that from wishing to deny or excuse our offences, we may surrender ourselves to his will, and we throw ourselves at thy footstool, confess feel it the joy of our hearts to serve him! ing that our iniquities are increased over our While faith justifies our souls, may obedience head, and our trespass is gone up into the justify our faith, and prove it to be of the very heavens. We have erred and strayed operation of the Spirit. May our faith work from thy ways like lost sheep. We have folby love, love to Him that died for us and rose lowed too much the devices and desires of
our own hearts. We have offended against satisfied till we know that we have an inhethy holy laws. We have left undone the ritance among all them that are sanctified, things we ought to have done; and we have and feel in ourselves those principles and disdone the things we ought not to have done; positions which evince, not only that the and there is no health in us.
blessedness is promised to us, but begun in us. For these things we mourn; we abhor May thy Spirit help our infirmities, and preand condemn ourselves, and acknowledge pare us for every part of our passage homethat Thou art justified when Thou speakest, ward : for the successes and comforts with and clear when thou judgest. Nothing can which we may be indulged; for the disaprescue our guilty minds from the horrors of pointments and troubles with which we may despair, but an assurance from thyself, that be tried; for the various duties we have to Thou are not only good, but ready to forgive, discharge; and for all the opportunities of and plenteous in mercy unto all them that usefulness our stations in life may furnish. call upon Thee. And blessed be thy Name, Help Thou our unbelief—The hinderance of Thou hast given us a full revelation of thy all our religious excellence and proficiency: reconcileableness to thy revolted subjects : increase our faith; and fill us with all joy and we know that Thou hast sent thy only and peace in believing. begotten Son to be the propitiation for sin; Forgive the sins of another day. And may and we see opened before us through Him, a we now lay us down in peace and sleep: for wide and a welcome way to thyself.
Thou, Lord, only makest us dwell in safety: And thou hast assured us that there is sal- and with the returning day, continue thy care vation in no other: and that no man cometh over us, and enable us to renew our dedicaunto the Father but by Him. O help us to tion of ourselves to Thee. hear the voice that proclaims, Behold the The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the with us all. Amen. world: give us the eye of faith to see him; and the hand of faith to receive him; and the appetitc of faith, the hungering and thirsting of faith that we may feed upon him, and know
TUESDAY MORNING. from our own experience as well as the testi LO Thou Creator and Preserver of all manmony of thy word, that his flesh is meat in- kind, again we come before Thee in the muldeed and his blood drink indeed. He is the titude of thy mercies, and would call on our hope of Israel, the consolation of Israel: may souls and each other to bless and praise thy we repair to him, as the deliverer from the holy name. Preserve us, in this exercise of fall, and find in him the light, the life, the devotion, not only from hypocrisy but forriches, the honours of eternity; and rejoice mality. Enable us to remember what Thou in him with joy unspeakable and full of art, into whose presence we have entered, glory.
and what we are who have taken upon us to Too long have we joined in the cry of folly, speak unto the living God. How wise, how Who will show us any good? Too long have great, how holy art Thou! But we are dust we observed lying vanities and have forsaken and ashes; unworthiness and vileness. our own mercies. But convinced of our mad- In what more becoming attire can we apness, no longer would we spend our money proach Thee than clothed with humility ? În for that which is not bread, and our labour how many things have we offended; in all for that which satisfieth not. May we hearken we have come short of thy glory. When we diligently unto Thee our heavenly Inviter, compare ourselves with thy law, we see that and eat that which is good, and let our soul we are carnal, sold under sin; and that in us delight itself in fatness. And so much the | dwelleth no good thing. When we examine more as our time advances, and every mo- our hearts we find there an aggregate of ment we seize for reflection tells us that more vanity, frowardness, insensibility, disorderly of our opportunities are fled for ever. For affections, backwardness to duty, proneness Thou hast made our days as a hand's-breadth, to evil that causes us to loathe ourselves, and our age is as nothing before Thee, and and exclaim, Behold I am vile. When we verily every man at his best estate is altoge- I look well into our lives; when we survey ther vanity. O that we were wise, that we our relations and offices; our trials and our understood this, that we considered our latter | mercies; our opportunities and our means: end! O teach us, thou Almighty Instructer, and when we consider how often Thou hast teach us to live as dying creatures; to live called, and we have refused; how much with our conversation in heaven; to live look- Thou hast excited us, and how we have reing for that blessed hope and the glorious belled and vexed thy Holy Spirit; we cannot appearing of the great God and our Saviour but fall upon our knees and cry, Enter not Jesus Christ. May we not only believe that I into judgment with us—God be merciful to there is a better country, even a heavenly ; | us sinners—Save, Lord, or we perish. but may we seek after it, and seek after it in O lead us to the cross, and enable us to the all-sufficiency of thy grace; and never be pray believing in the name of thy dear Son. All hope in, all help from ourselves we reject
TUESDAY EVENING. for ever. What things have been gain to us, I these we count but loss for Christ: yea
nt but loss for Christ: veal O God, Thou inhabitest the praises of Is doubtless and we count all things but loss rael. The spirits of just men made perfect. for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ and the innumerable company of angels are Jesus our Lord. Behold us in Hin. Accept perpetually serving Thee in thy house above. of his ransom as our discharge. Let his suf- | We desire to join in their adorations, and referings be the chastisement of our peace; and joice to think that the sacrifices of a broken by his stripes may we be healed.
heart and a contrite spirit, O God, Thod vit We know there is salvation in none other:not despise. Thou art a God that bidest but Him Thou hast sealed, Him Thou hast thyself, and by no searching can we tiod anointed; He is mighty to save; able to save Thee out unto perfection; but we know that to the uttermost them that come unto Thee Thou art Almighty; that Thou art about our by Himn. May we therefore rejoice in hope; path and our lying down, and acquainted and have faith in those promises and invita- | with all our ways. We know that Thou art tions which he has given us in the gospel, of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, and and which must include ourselves, because therefore we could not stand before Thee; they are addressed to all the ends of the but we also know, for Thou hast proclaimed earih and cry, Whosoever will, let him take thy name, that Thou art merciful and graof the water of life freely. O let these as- cious. We know that it is possible for Thee surances enter our consciences, and live and to save the very chief of sinners, in harmony operate there, till for them the wilderness with every attribute of thy nature. We and the solitary place shall be made glad, know that Thou hast not spared thine own and the desert rejoice and blossom as the Son, but delivered him up for us all, and wilt rose,
Thou not with him also freely give us all The world passeth away and the lusts things ? Yea, Thou hast given us all things thereof; everything earthly in which we freely with Him. What can we need as can trust is found to be vanity and vexation perishing sinners that is not to be found in of spirit. How often has our heart bled, and Him? our very life been smitten down to the May we never be so ignorant of the war ground. So much the more we desire in thiness of his character and the worthlessness heaven a better and an enduring substance. of our own, as to think of appearing before Thy love in Christ Jesus our Lord is firm | Thee in our own claims, but may we win and changeless: nothing can separate us Christ, and be found in Him, not having our from it; nothing can make us miserable in own righteousness which is of the law, but the enjoyment of it. Say unto our soul, I that which is of God by faith. May we know am thy salvation, that we may have the Him, and the power of his resurrection; and satisfying persuasion that whatever may be the fellowship of his sufferings being made fall us, or however we may be tried here, in conformable unto his death. a little time the days of our mourning shall And, O Lord, teach us often to consider be ended, and we shall enter the rest that what fallen and miserable creatures we were remains for the people of God.
in ourselves; and in what a fearful condition And while the period of our pilgrimage is we should have been found for ever, had we lengthened out, leave us not nor forsake us, been left to ourselves; that the view of thine O God of our salvation; but afford us those undeserved goodness, and a sense of the unsupplies and influences of thy Holy Spirit, speakable benefits we have received from which shall keep us from evil, and enable us Thee, may so fill our minds and hearts that to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we may henceforth resolve to yield ourselves we are called, and prove a blessing to all | unto God, as those that are alive from the around us.
dead, and our members as instruments of Make us grateful for the continuance of righteousness unto God. And while others thy care and kindness; for the security and lie down and rise up, go out and come in, repose of the past night; and for all the ad- and God is not in all their thoughts, may we vantages and comforts that meet us at our never live a day, or an hour, or a moment entering on another day. Be with us in all without Thee. May we realize thy presence, the duties and occurrences of a new and un- thy perfections, thy providence. May we known portion of our time. Include in thy walk with God, and may we be workers toregards, as the God of providence and of gether with God. May we keep the same grace, all our relations and friends, and for end in view with himself. May we study us and for them do exceeding abundantly and labour to promote it by all the opportuabove all we can ask or think: and to Theenities and means placed within our reach; be glory in the church by Christ Jesus and whether we eat or drink, or whatever throughout all ages world without end. we do, may we do all to the glory of God. Amen.
| And in all this do Thou enable us, for we
are not sufficient of ourselves to think any Behold, O God, a company of suppliants at thing as of ourselves; and to every good thy footstool, hopeless in ourselves but enwork we are naturally disinclined. Open couraged by thy promises, and taking hold therefore the eyes of our understanding, and of thy strength that we may make peace show us not only the truth, but the beauty with Thee. Look upon the face of thine and glory of divine things. Take from us Anointed. Behold his obedience unto death, the heart of stone; put thy Spirit within us; even the death of the cross. Hear the blood and cause us to walk in thy statutes, and de- of sprinkling that speaketh better things than light in thy law which we have loved. And that of Abel. By his poverty may we be when Thou hast brought us into the way of made rich; and by his stripes may we be holiness and peace, uphold us by thy grace, healed. And may we thereby be healed, not and establish, strengthen, settle us. Let us only as to the wounds of a bleeding connot be slothful or barren in our Christian pro- science, but as to the moral maladies of our fession; but filled with all the fruits of right-nature, and be saved not only by a delivereousness, that we may put to silence the ance from the wrath to come, but by the ignorance of foolish men, and by our good washing of regeneration and the renewing works which they behold, constrain them to of the Holy Ghost. May the darkness of glorify our heavenly Father. Draw out of death give place to the light of life in our our hearts the love of the present evil world, I understandings. May the rebelliousness of and set our affection on things that are above; our wills be exchanged for submission to thy things which will at once fill, and purify, and commands and acquiescence in thy dispensaennoble the mind. May we faint not at our tions, without murmurings or disputings. tribulations, remembering that they are for Thou hast claims to us, arising not only from our profit and glory, and that he who sends creation but redemption: may we glorify them has promised to be with us in trouble. Thee in our bodies and in our spirits which When burdened, may we cast our burden are doubly thine. Let our Father, who seeth upon the Lord : and when careful, cast all in secret, meet us in the closet as well as in our care upon him who careth for us. the temple; and find us often examining our
May we be diligent and faithful in our principles and our motives as well as our acseveral callings; and by no injustice or wick- tions. Let us not confine our devoutness to ed policy may we provoke Him whose bless the morning and evening hour of prayer; but ing alone maketh rich and addeth no sorrow. be in the fear of the Lord all the day long. May we never feast ourselves without fear, Though our religion is at present very imnor refuse in the midst of abundance, to perfect, may it show itself to be vital by its stretch forth our hands to the sons and activities and its tendencies. Let the weak daughters of want. And as the elect of God, say, I am strong, strong in the Lord, and in holy and beloved, may we put on bowels of the power of his might; strong for our way, mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meek- for our work and for our warfare. ness, longsuffering, forbearing one another, May we never forget the experience we and forgiving one another: and above all have had of our innate and remaining dethese things, may we put on charity which pravity in the various passages of our life and is the bond of perfectness.
our religion, that we may be kept humble, Now unto Him that is able to keep us and vigilant, and prayerful; that we may from falling, and to present us faultless be- never trust in our own hearts, and never lean fore the presence of his glory with exceeding to our own understandings. And may we joy: to the only wise God our Saviour, be never forget the experience we have had of glory and majesty, dominion and power, for thy patience, and wisdom and power, and ever and ever. Amen.
faithfulness, and care, that we may be grateful, and encourage ourselves in the Lord our God. We have never served Thee for
nought; we have never sought Thee in WEDNESDAY MORNING.
vain; we have never confided in Thee and We bow our knee before the God and Fa- been confounded. Thou bast often made us ther of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the ashamed of our fears; Thou hast often surwhole family in heaven and earth is named. passed our hopes. At many an evening-tide Our exigencies are great, but Thou art able it has been light; and many a shadow of to supply them all from thy riches in glory. death Thou hast turned into the morning. Our sins are more in number than the hairs | Thou hast already enabled us to see how our of our head, but Thou art merciful and gra- welfare has resulted from events which once cious. None however unworthy and guilty, discouraged us: and where darkness yet ever sought Thee in vain; and from the ex- hangs on any of thy dispensations, we hear perience of a multitude which no man can | Thee saying, What I do thou knowest not number, Thou hast obtained the character now, but thou shalt know hereafter. O for of a God hearing prayer; and unto Thee faith to believe; and patience to suffer, to shall all flesh come.
wait, and to submit! We pray not that