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9 O blest Redeemer, great and kind !

Thy shield, thy saving strength, shall be
The shield, the strength, of ev'ry mind,

That loves thy name, and trusts in thee. 10 Remember, Lord, thy chosen seed;

Israel defend from guilt and woe :
Thy flock in richest pastures feed,

And guard their steps from ev'ry foe. 11 Zion exalt, her cause maintain ;

With peace and joy her courts surround :
In show'rs let endless blessings rain,
And saints eternal praise resound.

PSALM 29. L. M.

Storm and Thunder. 1 G.

IVE to the Lord, ye sons of fame,

Give to the Lord renown and pow'r : Ascribe due honours to his name,

And his eternal might adore.
2 The Lord proclaims his pow'r aloud,

Upon the ocean and the land :
His voice divides the wat’ry cloud,

And lightnings blaze at his command. 3 He speaks, and tempest, hail and wind,

Lay the wide forest bare around :
The fearful hart, and frighted hind,

Leap at the terror of the sound. 4 To Lebanon he turns his voice,

And lo, the stately cedars break
The mountains tremble at the noise,

The vallies roar, the desarts quake.
5 The Lord sits sov'reign on the flood;

The Thund'rer reigns for ever king;
But makes his church his blest abode,
Where. we his awful glories sing.



6 In gentler language there the Lord

The counsels of his grace imparts :
Amid the raging storm, his word
Speaks peace and courage to our hearts.

PSALM 30. L. M.

Sickness healed.
I WILL extol thee, Lord, on high,
Who, but a God, can speak, and save,
From the dark borders of the grave ?
2 Sing to the Lord, ye saints of his,
And tell how large his goodness is ;
Let all your pow’rs rejoice and bless,
While you record his holiness. .
3 His anger but a moment stays;

His love is life and length of days :
Tho' grief and tears the night employ,
The morning-star restores the joy.
4 Firm was my health, my day was bright,
And I presum'd 'twould ne'er be night:
Fondly I said within my heart,
"Pleasure and peace shall ne'er depart."
5 But I forgot thine arm was strong,
Which made my mountain stand so long;
Soon as thy face began to hide,
My health was gone, my comforts died.
6 I cried aloud to thee, my God :

“What can'st thou profit by my blood ? "Deep in the dust can I declare

Thy truth, or sing thy glories there? 7 Hear me, O God of grace,” I said,

" And bring me from among the dead :">
Thy word rebuk'd the pains I felt;
Thy pard’ning love remoy'd my guilt.

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PSALM 31. Third Part. L. M.

Prayer for deliverance from unfaithful friends. 1 OW many

, To mark the mercies of thy hand ! How many pray’rs have reach'd thy throne !

How often has thy grace been shown ! 2 When sorrows rise and pains prevail,

Or angry foes my peace assail ;
When dangers thicken all around;

In thee alone my help is found.
3 Thro' all the road, each day, each hour,

Fresh evils threaten to devour:
Some new complaint, some painful case,

Still drives me to the throne of grace. 4 My former friends their friend forget,

And change their love to cruel hate ;
But truth and love with thee, remain ;

My Saviour always is the same,
5 Support me in this sharp distress,

While all forsake, and some oppress;
And if my ways the Lord approve,
Then turn their hatred into loye.
PSALM 32. First Part. L. M.

Justification and sanctification.

LEST is the man, for ever blest,

Whose guilt is pardon'd by his God ; Whose sins with sorrow are confess'd,

And cover'd with his Saviour's blood. 2 Blest is the man to whom the Lord,

Imputes not his iniquities;
He pleads no merit of reward,

And, not on works, but grace, relies. 3. From guile his heart and lips are free ;

His humble joy, his holy fear,

With deep repentance well agree;

And join to prove his faith sincere, 4 How glorious is that righteousness,

That hides and cancels all his sins !
While a bright evidence of grace,
Thro' his whole life, appears and shines.
PSALM 32. Second Part. L. M.

Confession and pardon.
WHILE I keep silence and conceal

My heavy guilt within my heart, What torments doth my conscience feel!

What agonies of inward smart !
2 I spread my sins before the Lord,

And all my secret faults confess :
Thy gospel speaks a pard’ning word,

Thy holy spirit seals the grace.
3 For this shall ev'ry humble soul

Make swift addresses to thy seat :
When floods of huge temptations roll,

There shall they find a blest retreat. 4 How safe beneath thy wings I lie,

When days grow dark, and storms appear :
And when I walk, thy watchful eye
Shall guide me safe from ev'ry snare.

PSALM 33. First Part. C. M.

Works of creation and providence. 1 REJOICE, ye righteous, in the Lord;

This work belongs to you:
Sing of his name, his ways, his word,

How holy, just and true !
2 His mercy and his righteousness
Let heav'n and earth proclaim :

His works of nature and of grace

Reveal his wondrous name. 3 His wisdom and almighty word:

The heav'nly arches spread ; And by the spirit of the Lord

Their shining hosts were made. 4 He bid the liquid waters fow

To their appointed deep:
The flowing seas their limits know,

And their own station keep.
5 Ye tenants of the spacious earth,

With fear before him stand :
He spake, and nature took its birth,

And rests on his command.
6 He scorns the angry nations' rage,

And breaks their vain designs : His counsel stands thro' ev'ry age, And in full glory shines. PSALM 33. Second Part. C. M.

Creatures vain, and God all-sufficient.
LEST is the nation where the Lord

Hath fix'd his gracious throne ;
Where he reveals his heav'nly word,

And calls their tribes his own. 2 His eyes, with infinite survey,

The spacious world behold;
He form'd us all of equal clay,

And knows our feeble mould.
3 Kings are not rescu'd by the force

Of armies from the grave :
Nor speed nor courage of a horse

Can the bold rider save. 4. Vain is the strength of beasts or men,

To hope for safety thence;

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