O God, whose name alone is Jehovah. You are the Most High over all the earth; and You have set Your glory above the heavens. All Your works praise You, Ο Lord, and Your saints bless You. You are our father’s God, and we will exalt You. You are our own God, and early will we seek You, for in Your favor is life.
Open our lips, and our mouth shall show forth Your praise. You have made us, and not We ourselves. Yours eye see our substance and in Your book our names are written. You have taught us more than the beasts of the field, and made us wiser than the fowls of the air. There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. Your providence has watched over us from the womb, supplied all our wants, arranged all our affairs, and determined the boundaries of our habitation.
The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places, yea, we have a good heritage. We live in a land of vision. How superior are our advantages to those of Your ancient people, the Jews. The SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which was below the horizon to them, has risen upon us with healing in His wings; and we are all the children of the day. Let us not, therefore, sleep, as do others; but while we have the light, may we walk in the light, lest darkness come upon us.
May we ever be impressed with the conviction that where much is given, much will be required and that our greatest danger results from our distinguishing advantages— our Sabbaths; our sanctuaries; the Scriptures of truth; the preaching of the gospel; and all the other means of grace.
What more could have been done for us than You have done? and yet how little fruit have we brought forth. We deserve to be cut down as encumberers of the ground, and cast into the fire. Yet, Ο Lord, spare us, for the sake of Your Son, our Savior; and lengthen out our day of grace. Convict us of sin, of righteousness, and of a judgment to come. May we see our danger, and our refuge too, and be led to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and may we find Him to be precious to our souls, the CHIEF AMONG TEN THOUSAND, AND THE ONE ALTOGETHER LOVELY.
May we be made the partakers of Christ, and not only of His righteousness, but of His Spirit. That we may be, not only pardoned, but renewed; and not only have a title to heaven, but a meetness for it. No longer alienated from the life of God, may our meditations of You be sweet, and may we draw near to You with exceeding joy. May we trust in Your promises, and rely on Your constant protection and care. May we be devoted to Your service, and find in it perfect freedom. May we delight ourselves in Your commandments, and forget not Your word, that we may not sin against You.
With afflictions weaned from the world, and with evidences bright for heaven, all the days of our appointed time may we wait till our change comes: may we die, supported by the consolations of the gospel, and surrounded with the glory of God; and have an entrance ministered to us abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior.
Prepare us for our passage, as well as for our end. While we are here, may we fulfil the duties and bear with firmness, the trials of our respective stations; may we glorify our Father, who is in heaven; and serve our generation according to His will.
Continue Your goodness to us as a family. Adapt Your mercies to each of our wants. May those of us who hope in You that we have passed from death to life, walk humbly with God and grow in grace, and may those who are still impenitent, be convinced of sin and become the devoted servants of Christ. Remember our absent friends. Let Your ministers enjoy Your presence; and Your churches be filled with Your glory. Let this nation be under Your care. Ever protect the seat of learning and science; of civil and religious freedom; of social blessedness; and of gospel privileges; shall they be the source of usefulness to the ends of the earth.
May Ethiopia stretch forth her hands to God. And may all nations whom You have made, come and worship before You. For Yours, Ο God, is the power; and Yours shall be the glory, through our Lord and Savior. AMEN. — Rev. Emerson Davis