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Jared Smith, Hymn Studies

In Mounts Of Danger And Of Straits

Author: J Franklin[1]

Theme: Providential Care Of God[2]

Text: Genesis 22:1-14[3]

1 In mounts of danger and of straits,
My soul for His salvation waits:
Jehovah-Jireh will appear,
And save me from my gloomy fear.
He, in the most distressing hour,
Displays the greatness of His power:
In darkest nights He makes a way,
And turns the gloomy shade to day.

2 Jehovah-Jireh is His name,
From age to age He proves the same;
He sees when I am sunk in grief,
And quickly flies to my relief.
The Lord Jehovah is my guide,
He doth and will for me provide;
And in the Mount it shall be seen,
How kind and gracious He hath been.

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[1] “Franklin (Jonathan) was born Nov. 10th, 1760, and died May 3rd,1833. He was originally minister of a Baptist church at Croydon, but, in 1808, removed to Redcross Street Chapel, London, where he…

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Fixed Was The Eternal State Of Man

Author: W Tucker[1]

Theme: Predestination[2]

Text: Luke 16:26; Ephesians 1:3-14[3]

1 Fixed was the eternal state of man,

Ere time its rapid course began;

Appointed, by God’s firm decree,

To endless joy or misery.

2 Fixed was the vast eternal deep,

Between the goats and chosen sheep;

Nor can a union e’er take place,

‘Twixt heirs of wrath and heirs of grace.

3 All glory to the great I AM,

Who chose me in the blessed Lamb;

Whilst millions of the human race,

Will never know or taste His grace.

4 And blessings on atoning blood,

By which I’m reconciled to God;

And praise be to the Spirit given,

Who frees from sin and leads to heaven.

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[1] “Tucker (William) was born at Chard, Somerset, March 27th, 1731. His parents were members of the Church of England, and honest and upright. William was no stranger, even while young, to convictions of sin; but, beginning in legal fear and ending in a false peace, they were merely transient, passing away like the…

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I Sing The Mighty Power Of God

Author: I Watts[1]

Theme: The Common Grace Of God Unto Creation[2]

Text: Psalm 148:1-14[3]

1 I sing the mighty power of God,
That made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained,
The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command,
And all the stars obey.

2 I sing the goodness of the Lord,
Who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word,
And then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed,
Where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread,
Or gaze upon the sky.

3 There’s not a plant or flower below,
But makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
By order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee,
Is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be,
Thou, God art present there.

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[1] “Watts (Isaac) was born at Southampton, July 17th, 1074. He was the eldest son, there being four sons and five daughters, of Mr. Isaac Watts, the master of a very nourishing boarding-school in that town, which was in such reputation that gentlemen’s sons were sent to it from America and the West Indies. His parents, being conscientious Nonconformists, had suffered much from the persecuting measures of Charles II, his father having been imprisoned more than once because he would not attend the church. During his imprisonment, his wife sometimes sat near the…

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