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—and guide our feet into the way of peace.* Search us, O God, and know our hearts; try us, and know our thoughts; and see if there be any wicked
us, and lead us in the way everlasting.+ Enable us to work the work of him that sent us into this world, while it is day, because the night cometh, wherein no man can work; and whatever our hands find to do, may we do it with all our might, seeing there is no work nor device in the grave, whither we are going. I Let us not be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord . steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour shall not be vain in the Lord. Make us zealously affected in every good work : and what we do, may we do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men.
O Lord, deliver us from every evil work, and preserve us to thy heavenly kingdom. Keep us from falling, and present us faultless and blameless at last before thy presence, with exceeding joy.||
* Luke i. 79.
+ Psalm cxxxix. 23. 25. $ Col. iii. 23. || Jude 24.
Eccl. ix. 10.
Make us to increase in love, one toward another, that our hearts may be established, unblameable in holiness, before God, even our Father, at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If Satan should at any time desire to have us, that he may sift us as wheat, Lord, let not our faith fail us.
While we are in the world, let us be kept from the evil, and sanctified through thy truth.
Be thou as the dew unto us, that we may grow as the lily, and cast forth our roots as Lebanon ; that our branches may spread, and our beauty be as the olive tree.* And let the Sun of righteousness arise upon us with healing on his wings.
Teach us so to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.† May we be always ready, with our loins girded, and our lamps burning, because the Son of man cometh when we think not. Let goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives, and after death receive us to glory ; for Christ's sake. Amen.
* Hosea xiv. 5, 6.
+ Psalm xc. 12.
IN TIME OF AFFLICTION.
HEAR us when we call upon thee, our King, our God, and stretch forth thy hand from thy sanctuary to deliver us from our great sorrows.
Thou, o Lord, hast brought us low,-our souls melt for heaviness ;* fearfulness and trembling are come upon us, and a horrible dread hath overwhelmed us.t
Blessed be thy name, that, as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him : for thou knowest our frame,--thou rememberest that we are dust. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are thy thoughts than our thoughts ; as far as the east is from the west, so far wilt thou remove our transgressions from us. I
O Lord, rebuke us not in anger, neither chasten
* Psalm cxix. 28.
+ Psalm lv. 5.
* Psalm ciii. 11, 12.
us in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, for we are weak.
for we are sore vexed. Return, O Lord, and deliver our souls ; save us for thy mercy's sake.*
Help us, O Lord, to remember that affliction cometh not forth out of the dust, neither doth sorrow spring out of the ground.† May we therefore seek unto the Lord, who chastises man for his iniquities, because unto the Lord God belong the issues of life and death. I
Lord, show us wherefore thou contendest with us,& and enable us, in our affliction, to humble ourselves greatly before the God of our fathers,|| to repent and turn from our every way, and to make our ways and our doings good, that, being judged and chastened of the Lord, we may not be condemned with the world. By the sadness of the countenance may the heart be made better.**
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from us,-nevertheless, not our will, but thine, be
* Psalm iv. 1–4. Heb. xii. 5. Psalm lxviii. 20. $ Job x. 2. || 2 Chron. xxxiii. 12. TI Cor. xi. 32.
** Eccl. vii. 3.
Perfect that which concerneth us.f Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever. Forsake not the work of thine own hands.
Lord, let patience have her perfect work, that those who are in the furnace of affliction may continue hoping, and quietly waiting for the salvation of the Lord. Let tribulation work patience,-and patience, experience—and experience, hope,-a hope that maketh not ashamed ;; and may our light afflictions, which are but for a moment, work out for us an exceeding weight of glory.$
Thou, Lord, makest sore, and bindest up,-thou woundest, and thy hands make whole. Though thou causest grief, yet wilt thou have compassion. || When afflictions have abounded, consolations have much more abounded. We have had reason to say, that it was good for us that we were afflicted, for before we were afflicted we went astray, but afterwards we have kept thy law.**
Grant, O Lord, that the trial of our faith may
Matt. xxvi. 39. + Psalm cxxxviii. 8. * Rom. v. 3, 4. $ 2 Cor. iv. 17.
|| Lam. iii. 32. 12 Cor. ii. 5. ** Psalm cxix. 67: 71.