Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, November 25, 2013

King of glory

Every perfection adorns thy nature
      and sustains thy throne;
The heavens and earth are thine,
The world is thine and its fullness.
Thy power created the universe from nothing;
Thy wisdom has managed all its multiple concerns,
  presiding over nations, families, individuals.
Thy goodness is boundless;
  all creatures wait on thee
    are supplied by thee,
    are satisfied in thee.
How precious are the thoughts of thy mercy
    and grace!
How excellent thy lovingkindness that draws men
    to thee!
Teach us to place our happiness in thee,
    the blessed God,
  never seeking life among the dead things of earth,
  or asking for that which satisfies the deluded;
But may we prize the light of thy smile,
  implore the joy of thy salvation,
  find our heaven in thee.
Thou hast attended to our happiness
    more than we can do;
Though we are fallen creatures thou hast not
    neglected us.
In love and pity thou hast provided us a Saviour;
Apply his redemption to our hearts,
  by justifying our persons,
  and sanctifying our natures.
We confess our transgressions, have mercy on us.
We are weary, give us rest,
  ignorant, make us wise unto salvation,
  helpless, let thy strength be made perfect
    in our weakness,
  poor and needy, bless us with Christ’s
    unsearchable riches,
  perplexed and tempted, let us travel on
    unchecked, undismayed,
      knowing that thou hast said,
‘I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.’
Blessed be thy name!

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