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The day is thine, the night also is thine ; thou hast fet all the borders of the earth; thou hast made fummer and winter w.
Thou upholdest all things by the word of thy power, and by thee all things contift.
The earth is full of thy riches; fo is the great and wide sea also 2. The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season : thou openeft thy hand, and satisfiest the desires of every living thing. Thou prefervest man and beast, and givelt food to all flesh b.
Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their hoft, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou prefervest them allc: and the host of heaven worshippeth thee, whole kingdom ruleth over all d.
A iparrow falls not to the ground without thee €.
Thou madest man at first of the dust of the ground, and breathedft into him the breath of life, and fo he became a living foul f.
And thou hast made of that one blood, all nations of men, to dwell on all the face of the earth, and haft des termined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation &
Thou art the most high who ruleft in the kingdom of men, and givest it to whomloever thou wilt h; for from thee every man's judgment proceeds i.
Hallelujah, the Lord God omnipotent reigns k, and doth all, according to the counsel of liis own will, to the praise of his own glory'!
5. We mus give honour to the three persons in the God
w Pfal. 1xxiv, 16, 17. x Heb. i. 7. Jo
Col. i. 17 % Palm civ, 24, 25. a cxlv. 15, 16.
b xxxvi 6° c Neb, ix. 6. d palm ciii, 19
e Mat, 8. 29. g Acts xvii. 26. bDan. iv, 25.
i Provo xxix. 27
k Rev. xix. 6. 7 Eph. i. 11, 12
head distinctly, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, that great and sacred name into which we were baptized, and in which we assemble for religious worship, in communion with the universal church.
We pay our homage to three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and tlie Holy Ghost; for these three are one m.
We adore thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,"; and the eternal Word, who was in the beginning with God, and was God, by whom all things were made, and without whom was not any thing made that was made, and who in the fulness of time was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and showed his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth o.
And since it is the will of God that all men should honour the Son as they honour the Father P, we adore him as the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person; herein joining with the angels of God, who were all bid to worship him 9. We
pay our homage to the exalted Redeemer", who is the faithful witness, the first begotten from the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth, confelling that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father s
We also worship the Holy Ghost the Comforter, whom the Son hath sent from the Father, even the Spirit of truth', who proceedeth from the Father, and who is sept to teach us all things, and to bring all things to our remembrance ", who indited the Scriptures, holy men of God writing them, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost w
6. We must acknowledge our dependence upon God, and our obligations to him, as our Creator, Preserver, and Benefaclor.
m 1 John v. 7. n Mat, xi. 25. o John i. 1, 2, 8, 14. John v. 23. Heb.i. 3, 6. r Rev. 1.5.
s Phil. i. 11 John xv. 26. o John xiv. 26. W 2 Pet. i. 21.
Thou, O God, madest us, and not we ourselves, and therefore we are not our own, but thine, thy people, and the sheep of thy pasture *; let us therefore worship, and fall down, and kneel, before the Lord our Maker y.
Thou, Lord, art the former of our bodies 2, and they are fearfully and wondrously made, and curiously wroughta. Thine eye did see our substance, yet being imperfect, and in thy book all our members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Thou haft clothed us with skin and flesh, thou hast fenced us with bones and finews; thou hast granted us life and favour, and thy visitation preserves our spirit b.
Thou art the father of our spirits c; for thou form edst the spirit of man within him, and madeit us these foulsd. The Spirit of God hath made us e, and the breath of the Almighty hath given us life f. Thou putteft wisdom in the inward part, and givest understanding to the heart s.
Thou 'art God our maker, and teachest us more than the beasts of the earth, and makest us wiser than the fowls of heaven h.
We are the clay, and thou our potter; we are the work of thy hand i.
Thou art he that tookest us out of the womb, and kept us in safety when we were at our mother's breast k; we have been caf) upon thee from the womb, and held up by thee; thou art our God from our mother's bowels, and therefore praisc shall be continually of theel.
x Pfalm c. 3,
% cxxxix. 14. a xv, 16, b Job x. 11, 12. c Heb. xii. 9.
d Zech, xii. I. e Jer, xxxviii. 16. f job xxxiii 4. & Job xxx. 36. b Job xxxv. 10, 11• i Ila. lxiv, 8. k Palm xxxij. g. 10. / Plalm lxxi. 6.
In thee, O God, we live, and move, and have our being, for we are thine offspring m.
In thy hand our breath is, and thine are all our ways n; for the way of man is not in himself, neither is it in man that walketh to direct his steps o; but our times are in thy hand p.
'Thou art the God that haft fed us all our life long unto this day, and redeemed us from all evil 9.
It is of thy mercies that we are not consumed, even because thy compaffions fail not; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness".
If thou take away our breath we die, and return to the dust, out of which we were taken.
Who is he that fayeth, and it cometh to pass, if thou commandest it not ? Out of thy mouth, 'O most High, both evil and good proceed t.
7. We must avouch this God to be our God, and own our relation to him, bis dominion over us, and propriety
Our fouls have said unto the Lord, thou art our God, though our goodness extendeth not unto thee , neither if we are righteous art thou the better w.
Thou art our King, O God: Other lords besides thee bave had dominion over us x, but from henceforth by thee only will we make mention of thy name y.
We avouch the Lord this day to be our God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken to his voice, and give ourselves unto him, to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised, that we may be a holy people unto the Lord our God 2 ; and
may him for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory a.
m Aets lxxi. 6,
o Jer. X. 23.
Lam, iji. 22, 23, p Pla'na xxxi, 15. 9 Gee. lviii. 15. 's Plain civ. 29. i Lam, iii. 37. 38.
v Psalm xvi. 2. w job xxxiv.7. * Psalm xliv. 4. y % Deut. XXyi. 17, 18, 19. a Jer. xii, 11.
Isa. xxvi. 14.
O Lord, truly we are thy fervants, we are thy fervants, born in thy house, and thou hast loosed our bonds b; we are bought with a price, and therefore we are not our own c; but yield ourselves unto the Lord, and join ourselves to him in an everlasting covenant d, that ihall never be forgotten
We are thine, fave us, for we seek thy prceptsf: 'tis thine own, Lord, that we give thee, and that which cometh of thine hand &.
8. IVe must acknowledge it an unspeakable favour, and an inestimable privilege, that we are not only admitted, but invited and encouraged to draw nigh to God in prayer.
Thou haft conimanded us to pray always, with all prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, and to watch thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all faints, to continue in prayer', and in every thing, with prayer and supplication, to make our requests known to Godki
Thou hast directed us to ask, and feek, and knock, and hast promised that we shall receive, we shall find, and it shall be opened to us!
Thou hast appointed us a great High-priest, in whose name we may come boldly to the throne of we may find mercy and grace to help in time of need m.
Thou hast assured us that while the facrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, the prayer of the upright is his delightn: and that he that offers praise glorifies thee°, and the sacrifice of thanksgiving Hall please the Lord better than that of an ox or bullocks that has horns and hoofs P.
Thou art he that hearest prayer, and therefore unto thee shall all fesh come!
Thou sayest, Seek ye my face, and our hearts anb Psalm cxvi. 16. c i Cor. vi. 19.
d 2 Chron. xxx. 8 e Jer. 1. 5. f Psalm cxix. 94. g 1 Chron. xxix. 16. h Eph. vi, 18. i Col.iv. 2. Ã Phil. iv.6. / Mat. vii. 70 m Heb. iv. 16, Prov. xv. 3. Psalm l. 23. p lxix. 31. 9 Ixv. 2. Ixvii. 8.