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Now May The Lord Reveal His Face

Author: J Newton[1]

Theme: Prayer Answered By Trials[2]

Text: Psalm 65:5; Acts 14:22[3]

1 I ask’d the Lord that I might grow,
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

2 ’Twas He Who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answer’d prayer;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

3 I hoped, that in some favor’d hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And, by His love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

4 Instead of this, He made me feel,
The hidden evils of my heart,
And let the angry powers of hell,
Assault my soul in every part.

5 Yea, more, with His own hand He seem’d,
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Cross’d all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

6 “Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried;
“Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?”
“’Tis in this way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.”

7 “These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou mayest seek thy all in Me.”

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[1] “John Newton was born in London, July 24th, 1725. He was an only son. His mother, to whom he was particularly attached, herself taught him English, and that in such a way that, added to his own natural talents, by the time he was four years old, he could read any common book with propriety. She died before he was seven years of age, and he was then left to run wild, as is the case with too many children. His father married again the following year, and Newton was afterwards sent to a boarding-school in Essex. His father was then at sea, a commander in the Mediterranean trade.
When 11 years old, his father took him with him to sea. In 1742 he was…

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Now May The Lord Reveal His Face

Author: J Newton[1]

Theme: Reigning Grace[2]

Text: Text: Romans 5:12-21; 8:37-39; 11:5,6; 2 Timothy 1:8-11[3]

1 Now may the Lord reveal His face,
And teach our stammering tongues,
To make His sovereign, reigning grace,
The subject of our songs!

2 No sweeter subject can invite,
A sinner’s heart to sing,
Or more display the glorious right,
Of our exalted King.

3 Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins;
To melt the hardest hearts;
And from the work it once begins,
It never more departs!

4 The world and Satan strive in vain,
Against the chosen few;
Secured by grace’s conquering reign,
They all shall conquer too!

5 ’Twas grace that call’d our souls at first,
By grace thus far we’re come;
And grace will help us through the worst,
And lead us safely home!

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[1] “John Newton was born in London, July 24th, 1725. He was an only son. His mother, to whom he was particularly attached, herself taught him English, and that in such a way that, added to his own natural talents, by the time he was four years old, he could read any common book with propriety. She died before he was seven years of age, and he was then…

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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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