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PSALM 88. Second Part. S. M.

Sickness sanctified.
I STRETCH'D on the bed of grief,

In silence long I ;
For sore disease and wasting pain

Had worn my strength away.
2 How mourn'd my sinking soul

The Sabbath's hours divine ; The day of grace, that precious day,

Consum'd in sense, and sin. 3 The work, the mighty work

Of life so long delay'd; Repentance, yet to be begun,

Upon a dying bed! 4 Then to the Lord I pray'd,

And rais'd a bitter cry: “Hear me, O God, and save my soul,

“ Lest I for ever die." 5 He heard my humble cry;

He sav'd my soul from death : To him I'll give my heart and hands,

And consecrate my breath. . 6 Ye sinners, fear the Lord,

While yet ’tis call'd to-day ;
Soon will the awful voice of death

Command your souls away.
PSALM 88. Third Part. L. M.

Death nct the end of our being:
ISHALL man, o God of light and life,

For in the grave e Can'st thou forget thy glorious work,

Thy promise, and thy pow'r to save ? 2 Cease, cease, ye vain desponding fears :

When Christ, our Lord, from darkness sprango, Death, the last foe, was captive led,

And heav'n with praise and wonder rang. 3 Him, the first fruits, his chosen sons

Shall follow from the vanquish'd grave;
He mounts his throne, the King of Kings,

His church to quicken, and to save.
4 Faith sees the bright eternal doors
Unfold, to make his children way :
They shall be cloth'd with endless life,

And shine in everlasting day.
5 The trump shall sound; the dust awake;

From the cold tomb the slumb’rers spring; Thro’ heav'n with joy their myriads rise; And hail their Saviour and their King.

PSALM 88. Fourth Part. C. M.

A be’iever walking long in darkness.
LORD, in a day of pow'r divine

Thy grace prevaild, and made me thine ;
To thee, my soul, when young, I gave,

And trusted in thy pow'r to save.
2 But where remain the joy and peace,

Which, then I thought, would never cease ?
If I am thine, how can it be,

That comforts should for ever flee? 3 Involv'd in glooms of darkest night,

And banish'd from thy blissful sight,
I seek thy face on ev'ry side ;

But still the glooms of night abide. 4 Up from my youth, depriv'd of joy,

Afflictions all my peace destroy;
Thy terrors oft distract my soul,

And sorrows rise beyond control.
5 O! turn thine hand, command relief,

Restore my peace, assuage my grief ;




And let, of future rest, an heir,
One drop of consolation share.
PSALM 89. First Part. L. M.

The covenant made with Christ.
NOR ever shall my song record

The truth and mercy of the Lord; Mercy and truth for ever stand,

Like heav’n establish'd by his hand. 2 Thus to his Son he sware, and said,

“With thee my cov’nant first was made ; "In thee shall dying sinners live;

Glory and grace are thine to give. 3. Be thou my Prophet, thou my Priest ;

“Thy children shall be ever blest; “ Thou art my chosen King; thy throne

“ Shall stand eternal like my own.
4 Now let the church rejoice, and sing

Jesus her Saviour, and her King :
Angels his heav'nly wonders show,
And saints declare his works below.
PSALM 89. Second Part. C. M.

The faithfulness of God.
Y never ceasing songs shall show

The mercies of the Lord :
And make succeeding ages know

How faithful is his word. 2 The sacred truths his lips pronounce,

Shall firm as heav'n endure; And if he speaks a promise once,

Th' eternal grace is sure. 3 How long the race of David held

The promis'd Jewish throne ! But there's a nobler cov'nant seal'd

To David's greater Son.


4. His seed for ever shall possess

A throne above the skies ;
The meanest subject of his grace,

Shall to that glory rise. 5 Lord God of hosts, thy wond'rous ways

Are sung by saints above;
And saints on earth their honours raise
To thy unchanging love.
PSALM 89. Third Part. C. M.

The power and majesty of God.
I WITH rev’rence let thy saints appear, ,

And bow
His high commands adoring hear,

And tremble at his word. 2 How terrible thy glories be!

How bright thine armies shine ! Where is the pow'r that vies with thee?

Or truth compar'd with thine ?
3 The northern pole and southern rest

On thy supporting hand ;
Darkness and day from east to west

Move round at thy command.
4 Thy words the raging winds control,

And rule the boist'rous deep:
Thou mak'st the sleeping billows roll,

The rolling billows sleep. 5 Heav'n, earth, and air, and sea are thine,

And the dark world of hell;
How did thine arm in vengeance shine

When Egypt durst rebel !
6 Justice and judgment are thy throne,

Yet wondrous is thy grace ;
While truth and mercy, join’d in one,

Invite us near thy face.



PSALM 89. Fourth Part. C. M.

A blessed Gospel. BLEST

are the souls that hear and know The gospel's joyful sound; Peace shall attend the path they go,

And light their steps surround. 2 Their joy shall bear their spirits up

Thro' their Redeemer's name; His righteousness exalts their hope,

Nor Satan dares condemn.
3 The Lord, our glory and defence,

Strength and salvation gives ;
Israel, thy King for ever reigns,
Thy God for ever lives.
PSALM 89. Fifth Part. C. M.

Christ's mediatorial Kingdom.
· HEAR what the Lord in vision said, ,

And ;
Sinners, behold, your help iš laid

“On my almighty Son.”
2 High shall he reign on David's throne,

My people's better King;
My arm shall beat his rivals down,

And still new subjects bring.
3 My truth shall guard him in his way,

With mercy by his side;
While in my name thro’ earth and sea

He shall in triumph ride.
4 My cov’nant stands for ever fast,

My promises are strong ;
Firm as the heav'ns his throne shall last,

His seed endure as long.

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