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6 Grant that 'mongst thy chosen people
Each may serve thee evermore,
Foll'wing thee as thy disciple,
And in spirit thee adore,
Gracious Saviour—with heart's fervor;
May we walk as thine anointed,
In the path thou hast appointed,
UNFATHOM'D wisdom of our King!
In stillness he collects his flock,
Leads on, doth to perfection bring,
And ground it on himself, the Rock;
With little hurry, noise or show,
He safely guideth ev'ry soul;
No more the blinded world can do,
Than scorn and ridicule the whole.
2 Thy church, great Saviour, bought with blood,
Despis'd of men, but dear to thee,
Esteems thy cross a pleasant load,
An easy yoke, thrice happy she!
When, bearing thy reproach below,
She still partakes of thy free grace,
The grace thou richly dost bestow,
And which affliction's load outweighs.
3 Thou hast, with shepherd's faith-
Brought many souls to thy blest fold,
Made them partakers of thy grace,
Amongst thy foll'wers them enroll'd;
They yield thee pleasure and delight,
When they thy voice hear and obey,
And while they in thy love unite,
Thou guid'st them thro' life's narrow
4 We humbly pray, support the weak,
Support thy children by thy grace;
Thou know'st for thee a-thirst we seek,
Kind Master of thy chosen race!
We know thy faithfulness and love,
Thy mercy all our wants supplies;
May spirit, soul and body prove
To thee a pleasing sacrifice,
5 By thee protected, gracious Lord,
O may we ever live secure;
Led by thy Spirit, grace, and word,
Relying on thy cov❜nant sure;
As long as Jesus Lord remains
Each day new rising glory gains,
With his church militant below!
It was, it is, and will be so
2 Our only stay is Jesus' grace,
In ev'ry time and ev'ry place;
And Jesus' blood-bought righteousness
Remains his church's glorious dress.
3 All self-dependence is but vain,
Christ doth our Corner-stone remain,
Our Rock, which will unshaken stay
When heav'n and earth are fled away,
4 The Spirit which anointed Christ,
By which th' apostles were baptiz'd,
Proceeding from the church's Head,
Is giv'n to us, and makes us glad.
5 That cause shall never suffer harm
Which rests on Jesus' mighty arm:
What men can do, we need not fear,
No foe shall even touch a hair.
6 For these our God hath number'd all,
Without his leave not one can fall;
If in the least he is so true,
What will he not in greater do?
7 He is and shall remain our Lord,
Our confidence is in his word:
And, while our Jesus reigns above,
His church will more than conqu'ror
610.* T. 68. CHURCH of Christ be glad, Praise thy Lord and Head; Grounded on thy Saviour's merit, That thour't filled with his Spirit Is perceiv'd, and this Proves that thou art his.
Thou fruit of Jesus' cross, dear cov❜nant
Securely built on him th' eternal Rock,
Rejoice in him, the God of thy salvation,
Reap all the blessings he design'd for
3 We humbly take what he'll bestow,
Who would refuse his boundless
O may his church in ev'ry place
We all in spirit are agreed,
His blessed views more fully know.
Grow in his grace and knowledge4 constantly.
2 Thy glory be to all the world displayed, Toall mankind his dying love proclaim, Awake, put on thy strength, Jerusalem, And in thy beauteous garments be arrayed,
Break forth, extend thyself both far and near
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HAIL, church of Christ, bought with his blood!
The world I freely leave; Ye children of the living God, Me in your tents receive.
2 Bride of the Lamb, I'm one in heart
With thee thro' boundless
And I will never from thee part,
This bond shall never cease.
3 Closely I'll follow Christ with thee,
I'll go thy safest road;
Thy people shall my people be,
And thine shall be my God.
4 And am I, Jesus, one of those
Who in thy fold have place?
Who gather'd round th' erected cross
Enjoy redeeming grace?
To follow Jesus as his flock,
And on the path of life proceed.
To build on him, our only Rock,
And tho' a rugged path it be,
On which we oft with trials meet,
And many dangers us beset;
It leads to true felicity.
The Father's garden here below With patience must be watch'd indeed;
For, as in nature 'tis, the seed Must die before the plant can grow. 7 Here is our hand; us, Lord, assist To serve thee 'midst reproach and shame,
And thy atonement to proclaim, Until we in thy presence rest.
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RISE, exalt our Head and King;
Praise the Lord who ever lives!
Glad we are his praise to sing;
He his people's praise receives.
On his pow'rful day they rise,
Off'ring free will sacrifice;
His victorious triumph this,
Since hell's host defeated is,
2 Ye who Jesus' death proclaim,
Service yield to him with joy,
Praise with ev'ry breath his name,
Grace t' extol be your employ;
Grace supports us ev'ry day,
Leads us in the narrow way;
'Tis thro' grace alone that we
Can obtain the victory.
3 Gracious Lord, may we believe,
Venture all on thy free grace,
Boldly things not seen achieve,
Trusting in thy promises;
Faith thy people's strong hold is,
Their employment daily this,
To proceed on paths unknown,
Leaning on thy grace alone.
Christ, thy all-atoning death
Is our life while here below;
Strengthen thou our feeble faith,
Constantly thy aid bestow;
In thy mercy we confide,
Safely to the end us guide;
Zion, if thy Head depart,
Void of life and strength thou art,
5 Lord thy body ne'er forsake,
Ne'er thy congregation leave;
We to thee our refuge take,
Of thy fulness we receive: Ev'ry other help be gone, Thou art our support alone, For on thy supreme commands, All the universe depends.
The willing slaves of sin and death
We were, and enemies to thee;
But, granting us a living faith,
Thou from the curse didst set us free.
3 Is there a thing that warms the heart,
That stirs up gratitude and love,
It is the grace thou dost impart,
Thy blood, the pow'r of which we
We sink astonish'd at thy feet,
Thy mercy's an unfathom'd sea,
How can we find expressions meet,
Who but so lately loved thee?
4 The word of Jesus' bloody sweat,
Of his dire passion, wounds & death, With pow'r our souls doth penetrate, And quicken with life-giving breath: The pow'rs of hell this vanquishes,
This doth the church of Christ maintain,
Tho' Satan to the threshold press,
Christ's blood won't let him entrance gain.
5 Who in the Spirit's light can trace The church of God, he must declare, It is alone thro' Jesus' grace,
That she abiding fruit can bear: To him all honor doth pertain,
Who by his blood made her his own, Her choirs repeat in cheerful strain : "The Lord for us great things hath done."
6 The church of Christ who views right,
He sees a glorious master-piece, And must with wonder and delight
Adore him, who the Author is: Her beauty plainly doth appear
To those who have discerning eyes; Her songs delight the ravish'd ear Of all who know celestial joys. 7 She Christ, her faithful Shepherd, knows,
Attends to his instructive voice, Amidst adversity she grows,
In her election doth rejoice, Is by the Holy Spirit led:
The blood of covenant maintains Her union with the Lord her Head,
In whom she constant vict'ry gains.
CHURCH of Christ, sing and rejoice,
Bring the Lord thro' all thy classes
Thanks and praises,
Glory, honor, might and pow'r,
Since he is our Head and Saviour,
And his mercy, grace and favor
Richly doth on us bestow.
2 When we on his faithfulness,
Love and mercy duly ponder,
Lost in wonder,
We desire his name to praise ; !
For his grace,
Love and goodness never ceaseth,
He the number still increaseth
Of the church in which he rules.
3 Highly favor'd church, thou art
Still beyond all contradiction,
By the Lord, who thee redeem'd,
Therefore, may thy whole behavior
Be an honor to thy Saviour,
Whose great mercy never ends.
4 Tho' thou hast but little strength,
Let thy faith be manifested,
By unfeigned love to him;
Serve his name
With true zeal in ev'ry station,
As his feeble congregation,
Which relies on his support.
O LORD, thy church which now
Sits at thy footstool low,
Adores and praises thee;
The worth she well doth know
Of thy election free,
Placing in thy grace
All her happiness.
2 We in thy ways proceed,
Refresh'd and comforted;
With us in mercy bear,
And daily forward lead
Thy flock with tender care,
Yea, at every step,
Us protect and keep.
3 Of thee both far and near
With joy and humble shame,
We gladly witness bear;
To sinners ev'ry where
We publish in thy name,
That thy blood makes clean
From all guilt and sin.
4 O give us that good part,
A sanctified heart,
Each needful gift and grace,
Dear Lord, to us impart ;
Form us unto thy praise;
Thro' thy aid may we,
Yield true joy to thee.
5 O Lamb, for sinners slain,
For evermore remain,
Unto thy foll'wers nigh;
Let us thy aim attain,
Daily thy grace enjoy;
Never from us move,
Keep us in thy love.
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WHO can the love of Christ express
To those who by his blood redeemed,
Are as the heirs of life esteemed?
He owns them as his chosen race.
2 With thanks before his throne appear,
And praise his name, dear congre-
For ev'ry proof and demonstration,
That you his favor'd people are.
3 We know his boundless love and grace.
Enjoy his goodness, care and favor,
He keeps his covenant for ever,
Can aught exceed his faithfulness ?
4 O might this church of Christ always
Be to the world a bright example,
How by the Holy Ghost, a temple
May be constructed to his praise.
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JESUS, slaughter'd Prince of life,
Thy remembrance ever raises
Thanks and praises;
And thy love, when shed abroad,
Lamb of God,
Prompts us gather'd here before thee,
With abasement to adore thee
For thy suff'rings, wounds and blood.
2 To redeem us from the fall,
Thou hast death for us endured,
For all those who trust in thee
Now thy ransom'd congregation
Hath thee for her sole foundation,
Here and in eternity.
3 Since thou hast deliver'd us
From the yoke of ev'ry stranger
And all danger,
In thee, Saviour of the lost!
Is our boast;.
From thy all-sufficient merit
We eternal life inherit,
For thy blood hath paid the cost.
4 May thy ransom'd people, Lord,
To thy inmost courts admitted,
For priests fitted,
Off'ring pray'r and praise to thee
Prize their glorious destination,
Yield to thee their ministration,
And thy faithful foll'wers be.
5 Sanctify us for thyself,
From each thing by thy soul hated
Freed from this world's sinful ways;
Grant us grace,
In our walk and whole demeanor,
As new creatures, thee to honor,
And thy holy name to praise.
6 Deep engrave it in our hearts,
How by thee we are esteemed,
Ev'n to practise in these days
'Midst all poverty and weakness,
grow up into thy likeness,
And at judgment be thy praise.
7 O lift up thy countenance
On thy church; in love remember
Might none, who would not be thine
Enter in ;
May we all in thee believing,
Grace for grace from thee receiving,
Needful strength and suecor gain.
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THRICE happpy congregation,
For thy predestination
Adore the suff'ring Lamb;
Who, mov'd by love unbounded,
To purchase thee was wounded,
The cross endur'd, despis'd the
2 It ne'er can be expressed
In words, how thou art blessed;
Thy happy lot hold fast;
Thy ransom, so expensive,
Is surely more extensive,
Than barely to be sav'd at last.
3 O yes our grace-election,
By our kind Lord's direction,
Is of a nobler kind;
John's portion to inherit,
To be with Christ one spirit,
Rightly acquainted with his mind.
4 To learn how, with precision,
In each state and condition,
To execute his will;
His ev'ry intimation
Be our heart's inclination
To understand, and then fulfil.
5 To this world crucified, For his use sanctified,
In body and in soul, Till we to his full stature Are and of his nature grown, Partakers are, throughout the whole.
6 A bow of grace, appearing
To the world, witness bearing
That God is well inclin'd;
A light, whose radiation,
From Christ's illumination
Deriv'd, may shine to all mankind.
7 The Father's kind inspection,
His blessing and protection,
Be daily our support; The holy Spirit's leading, And Jesus' pow'rful pleading, Convey us through this world unhurt.