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goodness, promise, and truth, which cannot
The Hymn on Saturday Evening.
Upon a presumptuous heart.
Is there presumption in my heart?
I charge my thoughts be humble still,
The patient soul, the lowly mind,
BEHOLD how sinners disagree,
This man at humble distance stands,
The Lord their diff'rent language knows,
Dear Father, let me never be
The Prayer on Saturday Evening.
Against presumptuous Thoughts.
ALMIGHTY Lord God, who art infinitely great, and infinitely good, and the maker and Lord of heaven and earth! I beseech thee to grant me a just sense of my own insufficiency, and a due regard of thy f thy sovereign power and awful majesty. cleanse me from all presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me. For though thou hast shown thyself a most kind and indulgent Father to me; yet, alas! I have been an undutiful and disobedient child, and have made very ungrateful returns for those innumerable mercies and favours, which thou hast bestowed upon me. So that my conscience accuses me of having done many things contrary to thy blessed will; of having acted foolishly and wickedly, contrary to my
best and greatest interest; which is to obey thy will, and adore thy majesty and goodness.
I willingly acknowledge, O Lord, that the greatest concernments of this world are as nothing when compared with eternity; and yet how apt am I to grow careless and remiss in the great and important work of my salvation, and to suffer my affections to be carried away from thee after the things of this life; for which I cannot expect any other desert than death, the just punishment of my sin. But,
Thou art infinite in mercy, and willest not the death of a sinner; remember then, I beseech thee, thy tender mercies; and, for the sake and merits of my dear Redeemer, have mercy upon me. Accept, O Lord, of that full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, which thy beloved Son offered upon the cross; and through the merits of his bitter death and passion pardon all my sins; [Here mention those sins you are most guilty of] particularly, O Lord, give me an interest in the blood of that immaculate Lamb Jesus Christ; and grant that I may never render those sufferings, which he underwent for sinners, ineffectual to the salvation of my soul. And give me grace seriously to consider that it is my indispensable duty to forsake every evil way.
Possess my soul with just and lively appre hensions of the infinite disproportion there is between this world and the next; and that I
may make a right use and improvement of all those gracious opportunities which thou art pleased to give me of working out my salvation, and securing an inheritance in that kingdom, which is to last for ever. Let no temptations or allurement divert me from securing the interests of my precious soul.
Grant that I may so pass through things temporal, that I finally lose not the things eternal; and that in all the concernments of this life, I may govern myself by the rules of temperance and sobriety, justice and honesty, prudence and moderation, and with an entire trust and dependance on thy fatherly care and good providence; that having always before my eyes that great account which I must one day give, I may never dare to do any thing that may dishonour thy name: hor be so wretchedly foolish, as to purchase any happiness in this world at the expense of thy favour.
Enable me to make thy laws the rule of all my actions, that I may approve myself to thee as becometh thy servant; by being zealous and devout in thy service, kind and cha ritable toward my neighbour; by being meek and patient, quiet and peaceable, humble and inoffensive toward all men; and, as far as in me lies, useful and beneficial to the world ; that so glorifying thee here upon earth, I may, at my departure hence, enter into the joy of
my Lord, and be for ever glorified in thy heavenly kingdom. To this end,
I pray thee give me grace to make a right use and improvement of all thy mercies, and vouchsafe, O Lord, to continue to me thy grace, favour, and protection. Be thou
pleased in thy great goodness, to take me, and all that belongs to me, this night, under the care of thy good providence; defend us from all perils and dangers; and, after the comfortable refreshments of rest and sleep, raise us up in health and safety, with hearts full of love to thee, and zeal to thy service, that we may in the last day be raised to life immortal, through Jesus Christ our Lord! in whose words I pray unto thee, saying, Our Father, &c.