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Lord’s Day 4, 2018

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


For when a few years are past,
I shall go the way of no return.

—Job 16:22

XXVII. The great journey. Job xvi. 22.
Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)


Behold the path that mortals tread
Down to the regions of the dead!
Nor will the fleeting moments stay,
Nor can we measure back our way.

Our kindred and our friends are gone;
Know, O my soul, this doom thine own;
Feeble as theirs my mortal frame,
The same my way, my house the same.

From vital air, from chearful light,
To the cold grave’s perpetual Night,
From scenes of duty, means of grace,
Must I to God’s tribunal pass.

Important journey! awful view!
How great the change! the scenes how new
The golden gates of heav’n display’d,
Or hell’s fierce flames, and gloomy shade,

Awake, my soul; thy way prepare,
And lose in this each mortal care;
With steady feet that path be trod,
Which thro’ the grave conducts to God.

Jesus, to thee my all I trust:
And if thou call me down to dust,
I know thy voice, I bless thy hand,
And die in smiles at thy command.

What was my terror, is my joy;
These views my brightest hopes employ
To go, e’er many years are o’er,
Secure I shall return no more.

—Philip Doddridge, Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures (Salop, 1755).

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

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if you can possibly help it.
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Posted 2018·01·28 by David Kjos
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