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To Be Fit For God



Day and night are thine,
        heaven and earth declare thy glory;
  but I, a creature of thy power and bounty,
    have sinned against thee by resisting
      the dictates of conscience,
      the demands of thy law,
      the calls of thy gospel;
  yet I live under the dispensation of a given hope.
Deliver me from worldly dispositions,
  for I am born from above and bound for glory.
May I view and long after holiness
  as the beauty and dignity of the soul.
Let me never slumber, never lose my assurance,
  never fail to wear armour when passing through
    enemy land.
Fit me for every scene and circumstance;
Stay my mind upon thee and turn my trials
    to blessings,
  that they may draw out my gratitude and praise
  as I see their design and effects.
Render my obedience to thy will holy, natural,
    and delightful.
Rectify all my principles by clear, consistent,
    and influential views of divine truth.
Let me never undervalue or neglect any part
    of thy revealed will.
May I duly regard the doctrine and practice
    of the gospel,
  prizing its commands as well as its promises.
Sanctify me in every relation, office, transaction
    and condition of life,
  that if I prosper I may not be unduly exalted,
  if I suffer I may not be over-sorrowful.
Balance my mind in all varying circumstances
  and help me to cultivate a disposition
  that renders every duty a spiritual privilege.
Thus may I be content,
  be a glory to thee
  and an example to others.

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