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there be any wicked way in us, everlasting.
Accept of our united thanksgivings for the preservation and refreshment of the past night; and take us under thy guiding and guardian care this day; and whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, may we do all to the glory of God, through our Lord and Saviour, Amen.
and lead us in the way
WE have heard that to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him. Hence, we are encouraged to approach Thee. For we are verily guilty, we are deeply guilty. If our depravity has not always broken forth into action, our hearts have been deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; and if our transgressions have not been so gross as those of many of our fellow-creatures, they have been more aggravated, because committed against goodness the most astonishing, light the most clear, and advantages the most distinguishing. And Thou hast seen all, and abhorred all, and couldst easily and righteously have punished us for all. But Thou hast not executed upon us the fierceness of thine anger, because Thou art God and not man. Neither hast Thou treated us with neglect; but Thou hast remembered us in our low estate; and not only without our desert, but without our desire, Thou wast pleased to devise means for our restoration to thy favor, and image, and presence.
We bless Thee for purpose of grace given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. We rejoice that in the fulness of time he assumed our nature, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: and
that as he was delivered for our offences, so he was raised again for our justification, and ascending up on high, entered into the holy place, as a proof of the sufficiency and acceptance of the sacrifice he offered. We rejoice that he has received the whole dispensation of the spirit, and that in him all fulness dwells. And we bless Thee for the proclamations of the gospel, which hold him forth to our view in all his grace and glory, and unsearchable riches, that we through patience and comfort of the scripture might have hope.
O, Thou God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace in believing thy promises and invitations, that we may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. May we esteem all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord; and may we supremely desire to win Christ, knowing that he who hath the Son of God hath life, and shall never come into condemnation. May we prove that we are joined to the Lord, by being one spirit with him: may our sentiments, tempers, and conduct, be formed after the example which he left us and may we never consider ourselves Christians, but as we long to be like him, and the life also of Jesus is made manifest in our mortal body. May we never love a world that crucified the Lord of glory; nor suffer those sins to live that caused him to die. May his grace, in becoming poor, that we through his poverty might be rich, make us ashamed of our selfishness: and may his unexampled love, in giving his life a ransom for us, so constrain us, as to render any services or sacrifices, for his sake, our delight.
May He never be wounded in the house of his professed friends may we rather die than bring a reproach upon his cause. May all his followers be dear to us. May we recommend him to those that know him not, that they may seek him, with us. Let the number of those who love his salvation, daily increase; and let the
accessions include every member of our household, and all our absent friends. And hasten, O Lord, the blessed hour, when all kings shall fall down before him, and all nations shall serve him-And blessed be his glorious name for ever! And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
We praise Thee as the length of our days and the God of our mercy. In the morning we committed ourselves to thy care, and Thou hast been with us in our going out, and our coming in; and hast kept us in all our ways. Pardon whatever Thou hast seen amiss in us through another period of our time. Accept the charge of us through the approaching night; and grant us the sleep which Thou givest thy beloved; as we hope we desire it, not only as creatures, but as christians; not only to gratify our feelings, but to renew our strength for thy service, and to fit us to glorify Thee in our bodies as well as in our spirits, through our adorable Redeemer. Amen.
O THOU omnipresent and omniscient Jehovah. Thou art about our path, and our lying down; and Thou art acquainted with all our ways. There is not a word in our tongue, but, lo! O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether. Thou understandest our very thoughts afar off. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.
Known, therefore, to Thee are our sins with every aggravation; and our necessities with all their circumstances; and, yet, Thou requirest us to confess our guilt, and to spread our wants before Thee, in order that we
ourselves may be suitably affected with them, and be prepared for the promised displays of thy goodness. Every view we take of ourselves, convinces us that we lie entirely at thy mercy, and that it is only because thy compassions fail not, we are not consumed. We know not the evil there is in one sin; and our iniquities are more in number than the hairs of our head. Thou art our Creator: but of the rock that begat us we have been unmindful, and have forgotten the God that formed us. Thou hast nourished and brought up children: but we have rebelled against Thee. Thou hast given us laws, founded in a regard to our welfare as well as thine own glory but we have said with our lives, if not with our lips, Who is the Lord that we should obey his voice? Thou art the perfection of beauty, the centre of excellency, the source of all blessedness; and Thee we ought to have loved supremely: but we have loved and served the creature more than the Creator: we have loved idols, and after them we have gone. Instead of praying, Lord, lift Thou up the light of thy countenance upon us, we have asked with the multitude, Who will show us any good? Departing from Thee, we have made flesh We have leaned on broken reeds, and though they have disappointed our hopes, and pierced us through with many sorrows, we have often returned to the same wretched dependence. Thou hast raised up for us a Saviour; and the gospel has presented to our view a plan of redemption and renovation, which the angels desire to look into: But we have crowned all our guilt, by neglecting so great salvation, and turning away from Him that speaketh from heaven; and we deserve to be for ever excluded from all the blessings of the
O deal not with us after our desert, but according to our necessity; and where sin has abounded, may grace much more abound. Over all our unworthiness may
grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. It is thy pleasure that we seek Thee. The desires we feel are of thine own producing. We are willing to be saved in thy own way. We love thy salvation-we love it as it is free, and secures to thyself the undivided glory and we love it as it is holy, and designed to save us from the power as well as the penalty of sin. O visit us with thy salvation. Shine into our hearts, and give us the light of the knowledge of thy glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Enable us by faith to embrace thy unspeakable gift. May we sit at his feet. May we glory in his cross. May we imbibe his spirit. May we follow his example: and whatsoever we do, in word or deed, may we do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
We extend our wishes beyond the little circle now kneeling in thy presence. We have various absent connexions endeared to our hearts: O place them under thy agency, as the God of grace; and keep them under thy care as the God of providence.
We would remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them, and those that suffer adversity as being ourselves also in the body. Address to the hearts of the afflicted the promise, I will be with thee in trouble; thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days so shall thy strength be. Let glory dwell in our land, and upon all the glory may there be a defence. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. Make bare thine arm in the sight of all the nations ; and let all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all, now and for evermore. Amen.