Now the shades of night are gone;
Now is passed the early dawn;
Lord we would be Yours today;
Drive the shades of sin away.
Make our souls as noon-day clear;
Banish every doubt and fear;
In Your vineyard, Lord, today.
We would labor, we would pray.
When our work of life is past,
0 receive us all at last;
Labor then will all be o’er,
Sin’s dark night will be no more.
0 God, You are the Creator, the upholder, and the proprietor of all things. Your dominion is everlasting and universal. You do according to Your own will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: none can stay Your hand, or say unto You, What do You do?
We cannot escape from Your presence or control, nor do we desire it. It is our privilege that we are under the agency, not only of omnipotence, but righteousness, wisdom, and love. You have commended Your love toward us, in that while we were sinners Christ died for us. He that spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all—how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Here may all our fears drop off from our minds; here may we be filled with everlasting consolation and good hope through grace.
May there be a real and living union between our souls and Him, that quickened together with Christ, we may be raised up, and made to sit with Him in the heavenly places. And to you, our heavenly Father, and to Your Son Jesus Christ our Savior, and to the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, one God, be praises evermore. Amen —The Bible Prayer Book for Family Worship by W. W. Everts