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Lord’s Day 33, 2018


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

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Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

—Psalm 23:4

XXXII. Support in death. Psalm xxiii. 4.

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Behold the gloomy vale,
Which thou, my soul, must tread,
Beset with terrors fierce and pale,
That leads thee to the dead.

Ye pleasing scenes, adieu,
Which I so long have known:
My friends, a long farewell to you,
For I must pass alone.

And thou, beloved clay,
Long partner of my cares,
In this rough path art torn away
With agony and tears.

But see a ray of light,
With splendors all divine,
Breaks thro’ these doleful realms of night,
And makes it’s horrors shine.

Where death and darkness reigns,
Jehovah is my stay:
His rod my trembling feet sustains,
His staff defends my way.

Dear Shepherd, lead me on;
My soul disdains to fear;
Death’s gloomy phantoms all are flown,
Now life’s great Lord is near.

—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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Posted 2018·08·19 by David Kjos
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