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Lord’s Day 50, 2018


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

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Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us,
O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.

—Psalm 4:6–7

The Favour of God the Only Satisfying Good.
Psalm iv. 6, 7.

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I.

In vain the erring world inquires,
For true substantial good:
While earth confines their low desires,
They live on airy food.

II.

Illusive dreams of happiness,
Their eager thoughts employ;
They wake, convine’d their boasted bliss
Was visionary joy.

III.

Begone, ye gilded vanities;
I seek some solid good;
To real bliss my wishes rise,
The favour of my God.

IV.

My God, to thee my soul aspires;
Dispel the shades of night,
Enlarge and fill these vast desires,
With infinite delight.

V.

Immortal joy thy smiles impart,
Heav’n dawns in ev’ry ray;
One glimpse of thee will glad my heart,
And turn my night to day.

VI.

Not all the good which earth bestows,
Can fill the craving mind;
Its highest joys are mingled woes,
And leave a sting behind.

VII.

Should boundless wealth increase my store,—
Can wealth my cares beguile?
I should be wretched still, and poor
Without thy blissful smile.

VIII.

Grant, O my God, this one request:
Oh, be thy love alone
My ample portion,—here I rest,
For heav’n is in the boon.

—Anne Steele, The Works of Mrs. Anne Steele (Munroe, Francis, and Parker, 1808).

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 2018·12·16 by David Kjos
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