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Lord’s Day 31, 2017


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

—Psalm 19:1

Hymn LXXXV.
On the eclipse of the moon. July 30, 1776.
imageJohn Newton (1726–1807)

The moon in silver glory shone,
And not a cloud in sight;
When suddenly a shade begun
To intercept her light.

How fast across her orb it spread,
How fast her light withdrew!
A circle, ting’d with languid red,
Was all appear’d in view.

While many with unmeaning eye
Gaze on thy works in vain;
Assist me, Lord, that I may try
Instruction to obtain.

Fain would my thankful heart and lips
Unite in praise to thee;
And meditate on thy eclipse,
In sad Gethsemane.

Thy peoples guilt, a heavy load!
(When standing in their room)
Depriv’d thee of the light of God,
And fill’d thy soul with gloom.

How punctually eclipses move,
Obedient to thy will!
Thus shall thy faithfulness and love,
Thy promises fulfill.

Dark, like the moon without the sun,
I mourn thine absence, Lord!
For light or comfort I have none,
But what thy beams afford.

But lo! the hour draws near apace,
When changes shall be o’er;
Then I shall see thee face to face,
And be eclips’d no more.

Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation
if you can possibly help it.
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Posted 2017·07·30 by David Kjos
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