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40 for a strong, a lasting faith,
Where the Eternal Builder reigns,
328 The heavens declare the glory of
God.-Ps. 19, 1.
HE heavens declare Thy glory, Lord; In every star Thy wisdom shines; But when our eyes behold Thy word, We read Thy name in fairer lines. 2 The rolling sun, the changing light, And nights and days Thy power confess; But the blest volume Thou has 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 Till Christ has all the nations blest [run; That see the light or feel the sun. 5 Great Sun of Righteousness, arise! Bless the dark world with heavenly light; Thy Gospel makes the simple wise, Thy laws are pure, Thy judgmentsright. 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view, In souls renewed, and sins forgiven: Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew, And make Thy word my guide to heaven.
329 The statutes of the Lord are right.
-Ps. 19, 8.
BEHOLD the morning sun
Begins his glorious way!
His beams through all the nations run
2 But where the gospel comes, It spreads diviner light;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,
My gracious God, how plain
Send Thy good Spirit from above,
While with my heart and tongue,
330 The law of the Lord is perfect.-Ps.
1 THY law is perfect, Lord of light!
The statutes of Thy realm are right,
2 Holy, inviolate. Thy fear,
Enduring as Thy throne;
Thy judgments, chastening or severe, Justice and truth alone.
3 More prized than gold, -than gold whose waste
Refining fire expels;
Sweeter than honey to my taste,-
4 Let these, O God! my soul convert,
Let these be gladness to my heart,
5 By these may I be warned betimes;
Lord, save me from presumptuous crimes,
Cleanse me from secret sin.
6 So may the words my lips express,
331 The entrance of Thy words giveth
light.-Ps. 119, 130.
TOW shall the young secure their hearts,
And guard their lives from sin?
2 When once it enters to the mind,
And, through the dangers of the night,
4 The starry heavens Thy rule obey,
5 But still Thy laws and gospel, Lord,
Not earth stands firmer than Thy word,
6 Thy word is everlasting truth;
That holy book shall guide our youth,
332 Wondrons things out of Thy law.
-Ps. 119, 18.
1 THE starry firmament on high,
2 When taught by painful proof to know That all is vanity below;
The sinner roams from comfort far,
Soft gleaming then, those lights divine
333 The commandment is a lamp, and
the law is light.-Prov. 6, 23.
1 Lour path when wont to stray;
AMP of our feet, whereby we trace
Stream from the fount of heavenlygrace,
2 Bread of our souls, whereon we feed,
Our guide and chart, wherein we read
3 Pillar of fire, through watches dark,
When waves would whelm our tossing
4 Word of the Everlasting God,
Will of His glorious Son;
Without thee how could earth be trod,
5 Lord, grant us all aright to learn
And to its heavenly teaching turn,
334 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.
Ps. 119, 105:
HOW precious is the book divine,
Bright as a lamp its doctrines shine,
2 It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts
8 This lamp, through all the tedious night Of life, shall guide our way,
Till we behold the clearer light
335 Better unto me than thousands of
gold and silver.-Ps. 119, 72.
FATHER of mercies! in Thy word
What endless glory shines!
For ever be Thy name adored,
For these celestial lines.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Riches above what earth can grant,
3 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
4 O may these heavenly pages be
And still new beauties may I see,
5 Divine Instructor, gracious Lord!
Teach me to love Thy sacred word,
336 The power of God unto salvation.
-Rom. 1, 16.
1 LET everlasting glories crown
Thy head, my Saviour and my Lord; Thy hands have brought salvation down,
And writ Thy blessings in Thy word. 2 In vain the trembling conscience seeks Some solid ground to rest upon; With long despair the spirit breaks, Till we apply to Christ alone.