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Acquiescence and confidence in the unsearchable decrees.
I LORD, thy decrees, from human light,
Are hid in shades of deepest night
Not angels would presume to pry. 2 Great God, I do not ask to see
What in futurity shall be:
Then let my future songs be praise: 3 Is darkness and distress my share ?
Still let me trust thy guardian care :
Praise due to God from all his creatures.
Thro' all the earth, thro' all the skies,
Let everlasting worship rise.
To God united glory give :
3 But what can dust and alhes do?
Our praise may from the heart proceed :
Blefings of the gospel.
In various times and methods, told;
and truth, in later days.
His character, his works, and words,
The pledge of life, the hope of heaven. 3 Here knowledge of the noblest kind
Expands and elevates the mind;
Instructs, reproves, and comforts too. 4
whose gratitude they raise,
IND OF THE FIRST BOOK.
Pleasures and advantages of religious worship. 1 HAPPY who in thy house reside,
Where thee they ever praise ; Happy who in thy care abide,
And in their hearts thy ways.
2 Lord, one day in thy courts to be,
Is better and more bleft Than in the joys of vanity
A thousand days pofseft.
3 I, in the temple of my
God Would rather keep the door, Than dwell in high and rich abode
With sin for evermore.
4 For God, the Lord, our sun and shield,
Gives grace and glory too;
Whose ways are just and true.
Who on thee only doth rely,
And in thee only rest.
Divine condescension and goodness to man in bis do
minion over the inferior creatures. 1 WHEN to the heavens, thy glorious work,
I raise my wondering eyes,
That beautify the skies;
2 Lord, what is man, that he should have
In thy kind thoughts a place ?
Lord, what is all his race?
3 Below the angels he is plac'd,
Yet wears a glorious crown:
And him their master own.
4 The beasts that on the pastures feed,
Or in the defarts lie ;
Or fowls beneath the sky;
5 His subjects are : yet let not man
Disown God's government;
Whose power is over all, whose name
Alone is excellent.
The acceptable worshipper.
The object of thy love,
And dwell with thee above,
2 'Tis he, whose life is free from blame,
Whose works are kind and just; Whose upright heart and faithful word
All may securely trust.
3 His neighbour's name he never wounds
With a detracting tongue : Nor e'er delights in his disgrace,
Much less would do him wrong.
4. On wicked men, however great,
He looks with pity down;
Tho' helpless and unknown.
5 He never changes from his oath,
When to his hurt he swears;