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318. The Security of the Believer. C.M. He that dwellet in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.— PSALM Xci. 1.

INCARNATE GOD! the soul that knows
Thy name's mysterious pow'r,
Shall dwell in undisturb'd repose,
Nor fear the trying hour.

2 Thy wisdom, faithfulness, and love,
To feeble helpless worms,

A buckler and a refuge prove
From enemies and storms.

3 Angels unseen, attend the saints,
And bear them in their arms,
To cheer the spirit when it faints,
And guard their life from harms.
4 The angels' LORD himself is nigh
To them that love his name;
Ready to save them when they cry,
And put their foes to shame.

5 Crosses and changes are their lot,
Long as they sojourn here;
But since their SAVIOUR changes not,
What have the saints to fear?

319. The Security of the Believer. C.M.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. JOHN X. 27, 28.

IMMOVABLE thy promise stands,
My LORD, my hope, my trust;
If I am found in JESU's hands,
My soul can ne'er be lost.

2 His honour is engag'd to save
The meanest of his sheep;
All that his heavenly Father gave,
His hands securely keep.

3 Why do I then indulge my fears,
Suspicions and complaints?
Is he a GOD, and shall his grace
Grow weary of his saints?

4 *Yea, though a mother of her child
E'en might forgetful prove;
Yet Zion's graven on the palms
Of everlasting love.

See ISAIAH xlix. 14 to 16.

320. The Security of the Believer. 8-7-7.

But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel; for, behold, I will save thee from afar off-JER. xlvi. 27.

ISRA'L shall obtain a pardon: (Thus the Lord proclaims his love): He shall be a water'd garden: Isra'l shall no more remove: He shall come from distant lands; Thus my sov'reign purpose stands. 20 my servant Jacob, fear not :

I have call'd thee; thou art mine:
Tho' my glory yet appear not;

I will come, thy light shall shine:
Object of my love and care,
1 will save thee from afar.

3 Though I make an end of others:
Fear thou not, but trust in me ;
Greater than the love of mothers,
Is the love I bear to thee:
Tho' all other nations fall,
Jacob shall survive them all.

4 Yet thou shalt not be unpunish'd,
Thou shalt know that I am GOD:
Though beloved, yet admonish'd,

Thou shalt feel the chast'ning rod;
But thy night shall soon be past;
And the day shall dawn at last.

5 When thy foes are all brought under:
When I gather all thy seed:
Then shalt thou be fill'd with wonder,
Then shalt thou rejoice indeed:
All thy warfare then shall cease;
All thy children shall have peace.

321. The Security of the Believer. L.M. As thy days, so shall thy strength be.-DEUT.xxxiii. 25. AFFLICTED saint, to CHRIST draw

near,

Thy SAVIOUR'S gracious promise hear; His faithful word declares to thee, That as thy days, thy strength shall be. 2 Let not thy heart despond and say, "How shall I stand the trying day?" He has engag'd by firm decree, That as thy days, thy strength shall be. 3 Thy faith is weak, thy foes are strong; And, if the conflict should be long, Thy Lord will make the tempter flee; For as thy days, thy strength shall be.

4 Should persecution rage and flame,
Still trust in thy REDEEMER'S name;
In fiery trials thou shalt see,
That as thy days, thy strength shall be.

5 When thou art call'd to bear the cross, Or sore affliction, pain, or loss,

Or deep distress, or poverty,
Still as thy days, thy strength shall be.
6 When ghastly death appears in view,

CHRIST'S presence shall thy fears sub-
He comes to set thy spirit free, [due;
And, as thy days, thy strength shall be.

322. Encouraged to trust in Christ. 8-7-4.

What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?-MARK iv. 41.

WHY those fears? behold 'tis JESUS
Holds the helm and guides the ship:
Spread the sails, and catch the breezes
Sent to waft us through the deep,
To the regions

Where the mourners cease to weep.
2 Could we stay where death is hov'ring;
Could we rest on such a shore?
No, the awful truth discov'ring,

We could linger there no more:
We forsake it;

Leaving all we lov'd before.

3 Though the shore we hope to land on,
Only by report is known;

Yet we freely all abandon,
Led by that report alone;
And with JESUS,

Through the trackless deep move on.

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