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CLXVI. Joshua the High-Priest's Zeal and Fidelity rewarded with a
Station among the Angels. Zechariah iii. 6, 7.
FOR THE ORDINATION OF A MINISTER.
The grace, that builds thy courts below;
Stoops to regard what mortals do.
And form a people for thy praise.
Hover around the sacred place;
The wonders of redeeming grace.
Thy servants join the angelic band;
With them before thy presence stand.
Sweet lenitive * of grief and care !
And all their joy and honour share ?
Thus distant from thy heavenly throne,
CLXVII. The completing of the Spiritual Temple. Zechariah iv. 7.
I SING to the Lord above,
W Who deigns on earth to raise
Ye saints around,
And its foundation laid,
• What easeth or assuageth.
CLXVIII. The Error of despising the Day of sinall Things.
Zechariah iv. 10. 1 “WHAT haughty scorner,” saith the Lord,
“ Shall humble things despise, " When he beholds them with delight,
" Who reigns beyond the skies? 2 66 I from a chaos dark and wild *
“ Made heaven's bright host appear :
6. The loftiest cedars rear.
" The noblest human frame;
“ The honours of my name,
“ In human hearts untaught,
My potent hand hath brought.
66 In dearest bonds are mine;
“ They now like. angels shine.”
Thy sovereign glory be,
Materials fit for thee.
CLXIX. Prisoners delivered from the Pit by the Blood of the Covenant.
Zechariah ix. 11.
In darkness and the pit,
* Genesis i. 2, 3.
Behold the grace that sets us free,
And to that
Confess the covenant good,
In our Emanuel's blood.
Your forfeit lives to take;
Your heavy chains to break.
To which we freedom owe;
Which through this desart flow. 5 He, that hath liberty bestow'd,
Will give a kingdom too; He, that hath loos’d the bonds of death,
The path of life will show.
CLXX, The Fountain of Life. Zechariah xiii, 1.
Celestial fountain, hail!
Still they endure,
A sovereign cure,
And blest his bleeding heart,
His sacred blood
And fit for God.
Our souls this day would come;
That Jew and Greek
CLXXI. God's Name prófaned, when his Table is treated with Contenipt.
Malachi i, 12.
V And does thy cup with love o'erflow?
Rich banquet of his flesh and blood !
That sacred stream, that heavenly food!
Before unwilling hearts display'd ?
Are you forbid the children's bread?
And furnish'd well with joyful guests;
That here its sacred pledges tastes,
With hearts inflam'd let all attend;
The pleasure, or the profit end.
And bid our drooping graces live ;
A Saviour's blood alone can give,
Malachi iii. 16, 17,
From his celestial throne;
He well discerns his own.
The scandals of the times;
The wide-prevailing crimes.
His still-attentive ear;
Delights their voice to hear.
Their words in transcript fair;
In the Redeemer's book of life
Their names recorded are. 5 “ Yes”, saith the Lord, “ the world shall know
“ These humble souls are mine:
“ Shall in full lustre shine.
“My foes away shall bear, « That hand, which strikes the wicked through,
“Shall all my children spare.” CLXXIII. Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. Malachi iv. 2. įTO thee, O God, we homage pay,
Source of the light that rules the day ;
Reflects thy rays, and speaks thy name. 2 In louder strains we sing that grace,
Which gives the sun of righteousness;
And scatters healing from his wings. 3 Still on our hearts may Jesus shine
With beams of light and love divine;
And cheer'd by him shall grow and thrive. 4 O may his glories stand confess'd
From north to south, from east to west:
Wide as the circuit of the sun.
When, fix'd on high in purer skies,