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6 Our faith and love, and ev'ry grace,

Fall far below thy word ;
But perfect truth and righteousness
Dwell only with the Lord.
PSALM 119. Eighth Part. C. M.

The excellency and varicty of scripture. ILORD, I have made thy word my choice, 1

My lasting heritage ;
There shall my noblest pow’rs rejoice,

My warmest thoughts engage:
2 I'll read the histries of thy love,

And keep thy laws in sight;
While thro? thy promises I rove,

With ever fresh delight.
3 'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,

Where springs of life arise ;
Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,

And hidden glory lies.
4 The best relief that mourners have

It makes our sorrows blest ;
Our fairest hope beyond the grave,
And our eternal rest.
PSALM 119. Ninth Part. C. M.

The teaching of the Spirit with the Word.
I THY mercies fill the earth, O Lord,
How good thy works appear

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Open mine eyes to read thy word,

And see thy wonders there.
2 My heart was fashion'd by thy hand,

My service is thy due :
O make thy servant understand

The duties he must do !
3 Since I'm a stranger here below,

Let not thy path be hid ;

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But mark the road my feet should go

And be my constant guide. 4. When I confess'd my wand'ring ways,

Thou heard'st my soul complain ; Grant me the teachings of thy grace,

Or I shall stray again. 5 If God to me his statutes show,

And heav'nly truth impart ; His work forever I'll pursue, His law shall rule

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heart.
6 This was my comfort when I bore

Variety of grief;
It made me learn thy word the more,

And fly to that relief.
7 In vain the proud deride me now;

I'll ne'er forget thy law,
Nor let that blessed gospel go,

Whence all my hopes I draw. 8 When I have learn'd my Father's will.

I'll teach the world his ways; My thankful lips, inspir’d with zeal, Shall loud pronounce his praise. PSALM 119. Tenth Part. C. M.

Pleading the promises. 1 BEHOLD thy waiting servant, Lord,

Devoted to thy fear
Remember and confirm thy word :

For all my hopes are there.
2 Hast thou not sent salvation down,

And promis'd quick’ning grace ? Doth not my heart address thy throne ?

And yet thy love delays.
Mine eyes for thy salvation fail ;

O bear thy servant up!

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Nor let the scoffing lips prevail,

Which dare reproach my hope.
4 Did'st thou not raise my faith, O Lord!

Then let thy truth appear :
Saints shall rejoice in my reward,
And trust as well as fear.
PSALM 119. Eleventh Part. C. M.

Breathing after holiness.
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O

THAT the Lord would guide my ways

To keep his statutes still !
O that my God would grant me grace

To know and do his will !
2 O send thy Spirit down to write

Thy law upon my heart !
Nor let my tongue indulge deceit,

Nor act the liar's part.
3 From vanity turn off my eyes;

Let no corrupt design,
Nor covetous desires arise,

Within this soul of mine.
4 Order my footsteps by thy word,

And make my heart sincere :
Let sin have no dominion, Lord ;

But keep my conscience clear.
5 My soul hath gone too far astray,

My feet too often slip;
Yet since I've not forgot thy way,

Restore thy wand'ring sheep.
6 Make me to walk in thy commands,

'Tis a delightful road ;
Nor let my head, nor heart, nor hands,

Offend against my God.

PSALM 119. Twelfth Part. C. M.

Breathing after confort and deliverance.
1
My God, consider my distress,

Let mercy plead my cause :
Tho I have sinn'd against thy grace,

I can't forget thy laws.
2 Forbid, forbid the sharp reproach,

Which I so justly fear:
Uphold my life, uphold my hopes,

Nor let my shame appear. .
3 Be thou a surety, Lord, for me,

Nor let the proud oppress;
But make thy waiting servant see

The shinings of thy face.
4 Mine eyes with expectation fail :

My heart within me cries,
" When will the Lord his truth fulfil,

“ And make my comforts rise ?”
5 Look down upon my sorrows, Lord,

And show thy grace the same;
As thou art ever want t' afford

To those, that love thy name.
PSALM 119. Thirteenth Part. C. M.

Holy fear and tenderness of conscience. 1 WITH my whole heart I've sought thy

[face; From thy commands, O God of

grace; Nor tread the sinner's way. 2 Thy word I've hid within my heart

To keep my conscience clean,
And be an everlasting guard

From ev'ry rising sin.
I'm a companion of the saints,

Who fear and love the Lord.

My sorrows rise, my nature faints,

When men transgress thy word.
4 While sinners do thy gospel wrong,

My spirit stands in awe:
My soul abhors a lying tongue;

But loves thy righteous law.
5 My heart with sacred rev'rence hears

The threat’nings of thy word; My flesh with holy trembling fears

The judgments of the Lord. 6 My God, I long, I hope, I wait

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For thy salvation still;
While thy whole law is my delight,

And I obey thy will.
PSALM 119. Fourteenth Part. C. M.

Benefit of afflictions, and support under them. 1 CONSIDER all my sorrows, Lord,

, And thy deliv’rance send : My soul for thy salvation faints ;

When will my troubles end ? 2 Yet I have found it good for me

To bear my Father's rod;
Afflictions make me learn thy law.,

And live upon my God. 3 This is the comfort I enjoy

When new distress begins;
I read thy word, I run thy ways,

And hate my former sins. .
4 Had not thy word been my delight,

When earthly joys had Aed,
My soul, opprest with sorrow's weight,

Had sunk among the dead. 5 I know thy judgments, Lord, are right,

Tho' they may seem severe ?

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