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2 Father, in us thy Son reveal,
Teach us to know and do thy will,
Thy saving power and love display,
And guide us to the realms of day.
ONCE more we come before our God;
Once more his blessing ask ;
O may not duty seem a load,
Nor worship prove a task!
2 Father, thy quick'ning Spirit send,
From heaven in Jesus' name,
To make our waiting minds attend,
And put our souls in frame.
3 To seek thee, all our hearts dispose;
To each thy blessing suit;
And let the seed thy servant sows,
Produce a copious fruit.
Divine Assistance invoked.
ASSIST thy servant, Lord,
The gospel to proclaim;
Let power and love attend the word,
And every breast inflame.
2 Bid unbelief depart,
Banish the fear of man;
Take full possession of his heart,
And glorify thy name.
3 Make stubborn sinners bond
To thy divine control;
Constrain the wandering to attend,
And make the wounded whole.
4 Extend thy conquering arm,
With banner wide unfurl'd,
Until thy glorious grace shall charm,
And harmonize the world.
278. L. M.. Watts.
Holiness and Grace. Titus ii. 10-13.
O let our lips and lives express,
The holy gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine,
To prove the doctrine all divine.
2 Thus shall we best proclaim abroad,
The honours of our Saviour God;
When the salvation reigns within,
And grace subdues the power of sin.
3 Religion bears our spirits up,
While we expect that blessed hope,
The bright appearance of the Lord,
And faith stands leaning on his word.
279. C. M. Rippon's Selection.
Not unto us. Psalm cxv. 1.
N Best Lamb, be glory given;
OT unto us, but thee alone,
IIere shall thy praises be begun,
And carried on in heaven.
2 Till we the veil of flesh lay down,
Accept our weaker lays;
And when we reach thy Father's throne We'll give thee nobler praise.
280. C. M. Watts.
Uniting in Worship.
OW did my heart rejoice to hear
My friends devoutly say,
In Zion let us all appear,
And keep the solemn day!'
2 I love her gates, I love the road;
The church, adorn'd with grace,
Stands like a palace built for God,
To show his milder face.
3 Up to her courts, with joy unknown,
The holy tribes repair;
The Son of David holds his throne,
And sits in judgment there.
4 He hears our praises and complaints;
And while his awful voice
Divides the sinners from the saints,
We tremble and rejoice.
5 Peace be within this sacred place,
And joy a constant guest!
With holy gifts and heavenly grace
Be her attendants blest.
6 My soul shall pray for Zion still,
While life or breath remains;
There my best friends, my kindred dwell,
There God my Saviour reigns.
281. L. M. Watts.
The enjoyment of Christ in worship.
AR from my thoughts, vain world, be gone
Let my religious hours alone:
Fain would my eyes my Saviour see;
I wait a visit, Lord, from thee.
2 My heart grows warm with holy fire,
And kindles with a pure desire:
Come, my dear Jesus, from above,
And feed my soul with heavenly love.
282. S. M. Stennett.
The Pleasure of Social Worship.
HOW charming is the place,
Where my Redeemer God
Unveils the beauties of his face,
And sheds his love abroad!
2 Here, on the mercy-seat,
With radiant glory crown'd,
Our joyful eyes behold him sit
And smile on all around.
3 To him their prayers and cries
Each humble soul presents;
He listens to their broken sighs,
And grants them all their wants.
4 To them his sovereign will
He graciously imparts;
And in return accepts vith smiles,
The tribute of their hearts.
5 Give me, O Lord, a place
Within thy blest abode,
Among the children of thy grace,
The servants of my Cod.
The Pleasures of Public Worship.
HOW pleasant, how divinely fair,
O Lord of hosts, thy dwellings are!
With long desire my spirit faints,
To meet th' assemblies of thy saints.
2 My flesh would rest in thine abode,
My panting heart cries out for God;
My God! my King! why should I be
So far from all my joys and thee?
3 Blest are the saints who sit on high,
Around thy throne above the sky;
Thy brightest glories shine above,
And all their work is praise and love.
4 Blest are the souls that find a place
Within the temple of thy grace;
There they behold thy gentler rays,
And seek thy face, and learn thy praise.
5 Blest are the men whose hearts are set
To find the way to Zion's gate;
God is their strength, and through the road
They lean upon their helper God.
6 Cheerful they walk with growing strength Till all shall meet in heaven at length; Till all before thy face appear,
And join in nobler worship there.
284. C. M. Watts.
Delight in Worship.
MY soul, how lovely is the place
To which thy God resorts,
"Tis heaven to see his smiling face
E'en in his earthly courts.
2 Here the great Monarch of the skies
His saving power displays,
And light breaks in upon our eyes,
With kind and quickening rays.
3 With his rich gifts the heavenly Dove
Descends and fills the place,
And Christ reveals his wondrous love,
And sheds abroad his grace.
4 Here, mighty God, thy words declare
The secrets of thy will,
And still we seek thy mercy here,
And sing thy praises still.
5 Lord, at thy threshold I would wait,
While Jesus is within,
Rather than fill a throne of state,
Or live in tents of sin.
The Happiness of Humble Worship. Psalm Ixxxiv. HOW pleasant, how divinely sweet,
O Lord, thy sacred courts appear!
Fain would my longing passions meet
The glories of thy presence there.
2 One day within thy sacred gate
Affords more real joy to me,
Than thousands in the tents of state;
The meanest place is bliss with thee.
3 God is a sun; our brightest day
From his reviving presence flows;
God is a shield, through all the way,
To guard us from surrounding foes.