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Lord’s Day Morning



Day and night are thine; they are also
        mine from thee —
  the night to rid me of the cares of the day,
      to refresh my weary body,
      to renew my natural strength;
  the day to summon me to new activities,
      to give me opportunity to glorify thee,
      to serve my generation,
      to acquire knowledge, holiness, eternal life.
But one day above all days is made especially
  for thy honour and my improvement;
The sabbath reminds me
  of thy rest from creation,
  of the resurrection of my Saviour,
  of his entering into repose.
Thy house is mine,
  but I am unworthy to meet thee there,
    and am unfit for spiritual service.
When I enter it I come before thee as a sinner,
  condemned by conscience and thy Word,
For I am still in the body and in the wilderness,
  ignorant, weak, in danger,
  and in need of thine aid.
But encouraged by thy all-sufficient grace
  let me go to thy house with a lively hope
    of meeting thee,
  knowing that there thou wilt come to me
    and give me peace.
My soul is drawn out to thee in longing desires
  for thy presence in the sanctuary, at the table,
  where all are entertained on a feast of
    good things;
Let me before the broken elements,
    emblems of thy dying love,
  cry to thee with broken heart for grace
    and forgiveness.
I long for that blissful communion of thy people
  in thy eternal house in the perfect kingdom;
These are they that follow the Lamb;
May I be of their company!

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