THE heavens declare Your glory, Ο God, and the raiment shows Your handy work. Day to day utters speech, and night to night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where Your voice is not heard. We behold displays of Your wisdom, power and goodness in all Your works, from the largest to the least.
You have magnified Your word above all Your name; and we can never be sufficiently thankful for the revelation of Your will in the Scriptures of truth. We bless You that this sacred volume has been preserved, and translated, and published, and multiplied, so that we all have it in our possession, and can read in our own tongue Your wonderful works O God. Here we see not only Your greatness, but Your grace; and not only Your pity, but Your rectitude; we see mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace embracing each other. Here You have shined in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
For in Christ You have reconciled the world to Yourself, not imputing their trespasses to them. You have made Jesus to be sin for us, Jesus who knew no sin. You gave us Your Son that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. You have raised Him from the dead, and given Him glory, that our faith and hope may be in You, O God. In view of this infinite kindness, may we reign all our unworthy and suspicious thoughts; and placing our confidence in You, return and say Lord, Ι am Yours, save me. Look upon me, and be merciful to me, as You used to do to those that love Your name.
We ask not to be enrolled among the rich and the great of this world, but to be numbered‚ with those who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. The graves are ready for us; and we shall soon be in a state, that will render it a matter of indifference to us whether we have filled a cottage or a palace — but it ‚will be eternally important to us, that we have been justified by Your grace, and sanctified by Your Spirit, and adopted into Your family. May we, therefore, be wise to salvation: and make it our present, our supreme, our persevering concern, tο obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature; eternal in their continuance; satisfying in their possession; and which unerringly indicate that we are the friends of God.
Preserve us from a false estimate of the whole of our character, or any part of it. May we regard our principles as well as our conduct; our motives as well as our actions. May we never mistake the excitement of our passions for the renewing of the Holy Ghost. May we never judge our religion by occasional impressions and impulses; but by our constant and prevailing disposition. May our heart be right with God, and our life such as becomes the gospel.
May we maintain a supreme regard for one another and always strive for a better world. May we feel and confess ourselves to be only strangers and pilgrims in this life. How often by bodily infirmities and pains, and by dissatisfaction’s growing out of every enjoyment —how often have we been taught that this is not our rest. Afford us, we pray, all the assistance we need while passing through the scenes of life. Give us, in large abundance, the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, that we may be prepared for every duty: that we may love You for all our mercies; that we may submit to You in every trial. May we trust You when we walk in darkness, and have no light; and amidst all the changes of the present, and the uncertainties of the future, may our minds be kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God.
Have You not made with us an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure? The very hairs of our head—are they not all numbered? Are not all Your ways mercy and truth? Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. And now to Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy: to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis