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God the Source of All Good



The heavens declare thy glory,
      The earth thy riches,
The universe is thy temple;
Thy presence fills immensity,
Yet thou hast of thy pleasure created life,
  and communicated happiness;
Thou hast made me what I am, and given me
  what I have;
In thee I live and move and have my being;
Thy providence has set the bounds of my habitation,
  and wisely administers all my affairs.
I thank thee for thy riches to me in Jesus,
  for the unclouded revelation of him in thy Word,
  where I behold his Person, character, grace, glory,
  humiliation, sufferings, death, and resurrection;
Give me to feel a need of his continual saviourhood,
  and cry with Job, ‘I am vile’,
  with Peter, ‘I perish’,
  with the publican, ‘Be merciful to me, a sinner’.
Subdue in me the love of sin,
Let me know the need of renovation as well as
    of forgiveness,
  in order to serve and enjoy thee for ever.
I come to thee in the all-prevailing name of Jesus,
  with nothing of my own to plead,
  no works, no worthiness, no promises.
I am often straying,
  often knowingly opposing thy authority,
  often abusing thy goodness;
Much of my guilt arises from my religious privileges,
  my low estimation of them,
  my failure to use them to my advantage,
But I am not careless of thy favour or regardless of
    thy glory;
Impress me deeply with a sense of thine
    omnipresence, that thou art about my path,
    my ways, my lying down, my end.

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