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be renewed by Thy Holy Spirit, and may give all diligence to eschew those things that are contrary to my profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same. .
Grant me perfectly to know Thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that, being established in the truth of Thy holy gospel, I may give up myself obediently to follow Thy holy commandments, and stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life.
Grant that I may lean only upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace; and being evermore defended by Thy mighty power, may successfully withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with a pure heart and mind may follow Thee, the only God.
Grant that I may both perceive and know what things I ought to do, and also may have grace and power so faithfully to fulfil the same, that by the innocency of my life, and constancy of my faith, I may glorify Thy holy Name; and plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works may of Thee be plenteously rewarded.
Grant that I may diligently follow the example of my Saviour Christ, and be made like unto Him; that as He died and rose again for me, so I may die unto sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all my evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living; that so, as I
have been made partaker of the death of Thy Son, I may also be partaker of His resurrection, and finally with the residue of Thy saints may be an inheritor of Thine everlasting kingdom, through the same Thy Son Jesus Christ, Who with Thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God, world without end.
Now the very God of peace sanctify me wholly: And I pray God, my whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen".
The practice of Christian holiness enforced from a consideration of the infinite excellency and perfections of God : and the virtues we are obliged to exercise in relation thereto:
1. in that God is the maker and preserver, and the
supreme governor and disposer of all things. Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God, Thou art very great! Thou art clothed with honour and majesty " !
» i Thess. v. 23. - Psalm civ. 1. . *
Thou, even Thou art Lord alone: Thou hast: made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas and all that is therein; and Thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth Theeb.
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine: Thine is the kingdom, O Lord; and Thou art exalted as head above all.
God the Lord is He That created the heavens, and stretched them out; He That spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He That giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein d.
O Lord, Thou art our Father : we are the clay, and Thou art our potter, and we are all the work of Thy hand!
In Whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind'.
The Lord killeth, and maketh alive; He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich; He bringeth low, and lifteth ups,
b Neh. ix. 6.
· Isai. lxiv, 8.
c1 Chron. xxix. 11. d Isai. xlii. 5.
Job xii. 10. 5.1 Sam. ii. 6, 7.
The pillars of the earth are the Lord's; and He hath set the world upon them.
He changeth the times and the seasons; He removeth kings, and setteth 'up kings; He giveth wisdom'unto the wise, and knowledge unto them that know understanding i
Both riches and honour' come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thy hand is power and might; and in Thy hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all k.
Practical inferences from the foregoing consi
deration. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name'.
For we are strangers before Thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers : our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding “..
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither : the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord".
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created'. . . . . , h 1 Sam. ii. 8. i Dan. ii. 21. "1 Chron. xxix. 12. . ' Ibid. ver. 13. Ibid. ver. 15. "Job i. 21.
• Rev. iv. 11.
The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens. · Who is like unto the Lord our God, Who dwelleth on high ; · Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth P.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help; whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; Which keepeth His truth for ever
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land; and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord : trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass '.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you'.
2. in that God is eternal and almighty. O Lord God of Israel, Which dwellest between the cherubims! Thou art the God, even Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth : Thou hast made heaven and earth". . p Psal. cxii. 4,5,6. Psal. cxlvi. 5,6. ''Psal. xxxvii. 3,4,5.
s Prov. iii. 6. ' 1 Pet. v. 7. " 2 Kings xix. 15.