Duty of Retrospection
THOU shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldst keep his commandments.
Deut. viii. 2.
Thus far the Lord has led me on,
And made his truth and mercy known;
And while I tread this desert land,
New mercies shall new songs demand.
Of the Divine Help
THEN Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
1 Sam. vii. 12.
Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither, by thy help, I’m come:
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Of the Divine Guidance
WHO am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? and this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God.
2 Sam. vii. 18, 19.
Render’d safe by his protection,
I shall pass the watery waste;
Trusting to his wise direction,
I shall gain the port at last;
And with wonder,
Think on toils and dangers past.
Of the Divine Faithfulness
THOU hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.
Psalm cxix. 65.
Since first the maze of life I trod,
Hast thou not hedged about my way,
My worldly vain designs withstood,
And robbed my passions of their prey?
Thrice happy loss, which makes me see
My happiness alone in thee!
Of the Divine Forbearance
IT is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lam. iii. 22, 23
Life up to God the voice of praise,
Whose goodness, passing thought,
Loads every minute as it flies
With benefits unsought.
Of the Divine Mercy
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psalm ciii. 10.
He hath with a piteous eye
Looked upon our misery:
let us, then, with gladsome mind,
praise the Lord, for he is kind:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
Of the Divine Counsel and Instruction
I WILL bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalm xvi. 7.
Sure the Lord thus far has brought me,
By his watchful tender care;
Sure, ’tis he himself has taught me
How to seek his face by prayer:
After so much mercy past,
Will he give me up at last?
Of Divine Promises Fulfilled
YE know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pas unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Josh. xxiii. 14.
In all my ways thy hand I own,
Thy ruling providence I see;
Assist me still my course to run,
And still direct my paths to thee.
Of Unnumbered Blessings
Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Psalm xl. 5.
For mercies countless as the sand,
Which daily I receive
From Jesus, my Redeemer’s hand,
My soul, what canst thou give?
Of Early Pious Instruction
CONTINUE thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them.
2 Tim. iii. 14.
Lord, hast though made me know thy ways?
Conduct me in thy fear;
And grant me such supplies of grace
That I may persevere.
Of His Natural State
YOU that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.
Col. i. 21.
Plunged in a gulf of dark despair,
We wretched sinners lay,
Without one cheerful beam of hope,
Or spark of glimmering day.
Of the Sins of His Life
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
Job xiii. 23.
My past transgressions pain me;
Lord, cleanse my heart within;
And everyone restrain me
From all presumptuous sin.
So let my whole behaviour,
Thoughts, words, and actions be,
O God, my strength and Saviour,
Acceptable to thee.
Of Past Unprofitableness
FOR when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?
Rom. vi. 20, 21.
Lord, I confess my numerous faults,
How great my guilt has been;
Foolish and vain were all my thoughts,
And all my life was sin.
Of the Season of Conversion
GIVING thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Col. i. 12, 13.
Since the dear hour that brought me to thy foot,
And cut up all my follies by the root,
I never trusted in an arm but thine,
Nor hoped but in thy righteousness Divine:–
Cast at thy glorious feet, mine only plea
Is what it was, dependance upon Thee.
Of Spiritual Deliverance
GREAT is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
Psalm lxxxvi. 13.
He pardoned my transgressions,
Made all my sorrows cease;
And in his rich compassions,
Restored my soul to peace.
Of Spiritual Enjoyments
I SAT down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Sol. Song ii. 3, 4.
Kindly he brought me to the place
Where stands the banquet of his grace;
He saw me faint, and o’er my head
The banner of his love he spread.