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SACRED MEDITATIONS FOR THE
“ Stand in awe and sin not : commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.”—Ps. iv.
“ I have thought of thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.” According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness." " God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide, even unto death."---Ps. xlviii.
“ I will both lay me down in peace and sleep : for thou Lord only makest me dwell in safety.” Ps. iv.
“Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death." I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.” “ I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”Ps.-xiji.
“ Preserve me, O God, for in thee do I put
“ I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." “ Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth; my flesh also shall rest in hope.” “ Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."---Ps. xvi.
“ I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.” Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverance; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” “ The Lord liveth, and blessed be my rock ; and let the God of my salvation be exalted."-Ps. xviji.
“ The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid." Though an host
should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident." Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me." “ Hide not thy face far from me; put not away thy servant in anger: thou hast been my help, leave me not, neither forsake me, O Lord God of my salvation.” “ Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.”—Ps. xxvii.
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him." “ He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.” “In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.”.--Ps. Ixii.
“ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” “My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keep
eth thee will not slumber.” “ Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” “ The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.” " The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” “ The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall thy soul.”
“ The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and even for evermore.”---Ps. cxxi.
“Let us search, and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.” “ Let us lift up our heart with our hands, unto God in the heavens."-LAMENTATIONS iii.
There is one great duty, my
friends incumbent upon us all, from the earliest period of our knowing that we ought “ to refuse the evil, and to choose the good,” to the latest moment of our mortal existence; and that is to examine ourselves continually, and to regulate all our thoughts, words, and actions, by that great standard of perfection, which our blessed Lord gave us the example of, whilst he was on earth; and which we must follow “ with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our strength,” if we mean to behold bis transcendent glory, and to enjoy the ineffable delight of his presence in heaven. What an awful consideration is it that the wickedness of mankind, within a comparatively short period from the creation, was so enormous, so utterly beyond the hope of reformation by human means, that it required the intervention of the Divine Being to come upon the earth, to make himself manifest in the flesh, to