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8 How well Thy blessed truths agree! How wise and holy Thy commands! Thy promises, how firm they be!
How firm our hope and comfort stands ! 4 Should all the forms that men devise Assault my faith with treacherous art, I'd call them vanity and lies,
And bind the gospel to my heart.
337 The gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20, 24.
THIS is the word of truth and love,
Sent to the nations from above; Jehovah here resolves to show What His almighty grace can do. 2 This remedy did Wisdom find To heal diseases of the mind; This sovereign balm whose virtues can Restore the ruined creature, man.
8 The gospel bids the dead revive,
Sinners obey the voice and live;
Dry bones are raised, and clothed afresh,
And hearts of stone are turned to flesh. 4 Where Satan reigned in shades of night,
The gospel sheds a heavenly light; Our lusts its wondrous power controls, And calms the rage of angry souls. 5 Lions and beasts of savage name Put on the nature of the lamb; Whilst the wide world esteem it strange, Gaze and admire, and hate the change. 6 May but this grace my soul renew. Let sinners gaze, and hate me too; The word that saves me does engage A sure defence from all their rage.
338 Grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.-John 1, 17.
THE Lord, descending from above,
Invites His children near:
While Power, and Truth, and boundDisplay their glories here. [less Love
2 Here, in Thy gospel's wondrous frame,
3 Thy name is writ in fairest lines;
4 The law its best obedience owes
And Thine avenging justice shows
5 But still the lustre of Thy grace
Gilds the whole scene with brighter
And more exalts our joys.
339 More to be desired are they than
gold.-Ps. 19, 10.
1 LADEN with guilt, and full of fears,
I to Thee, my Lord;
2 The volume of my Father's grace
3 This is the field where hidden lies
5 This is the judge that ends the strife,
340 Unto us which are saved it is
the power of God.-1 Cor. 1, 18.
GOD, in the gospel of His Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known; Tis here His richest mercy shines, And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 2 Here Jesus in ten thousand ways His soul-attracting charms displays, Recounts His poverty and pains, And tells His love in melting strains. 3 Wisdom its dictates here imparts, To form our minds, to cheer our hearts;
Its influence makes the sinner live, It bids the drooping saint revive. 4 Our raging passions it controls, And comfort yields to contrite souls; It brings a better world in view, And guides us all,our journey through. 5 May this blest volume ever lie Close to my heart and near my eye; Till life's last hour my thoughts enAnd be my chosen heritage! [gage,
341 Thy testimonies have I taken as a
heritage for ever.-Ps. 119, 111. ORD, I have made Thy word my choice,
My lasting heritage:
There shall my noblest powers rejoice,
2 I'll read the histories of Thy love,
3 Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,
Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,
4 The best relief that mourners have,
342 The entrance of Thy words giveth
light.-Ps. 119, 130.
THE Spirit breathes upon the Word,
2 A glory gilds the sacred page,
It gives a light to every age-
Its truths upon the nations rise-
4 Let everlasting thanks be Thine,
As makes a world of darkness shine
5 My soul rejoices to pursue
343 We preach Christ crucified.—
1 Cor. 1, 23.
1CHRIST and His cross is all our theme;
The mysteries that we speak
2 But souls enlightened from above
3 The vital savour of His name,
Restores their fainting breath; While unbelief perverts the same, To guilt, despair, and death,
THE WORD OF GOD:
ITS INVITATIONS AND PROMISES.
344 Him that cometh to Me, I will in no
wise cast out.-John 6, 37.
WELCOME, welcome! sinner, hear!
Hang not back through shame or Doubt not, nor distrust the call; [fear; Mercy is proclaimed to all.
2 Welcome to the offered peace;
4 Welcome to the cleansing fount,
6 None can come that shall not find
7 Oh! the virtue of that price,
Come, ye bought, but not with gold,
345 Come unto Me, all ye that labour
and are heavy laden.-Matt. 11, 28.
COME, ye sinners, poor and wretched-
He is willing: doubt no more.