The Lord is my light and salvation;
what person on earth shall I fear,
what power in the whole of creation?
The Lord, my life’s stronghold, is near.
The wicked may look to devour me,
but they merely stumble and fall;
though warriors could well overpower me,
my trust shall not waver at all.
2. For one thing alone I implore him:
I long to remain all my days
at prayer in his temple before him,
and there on his beauty to gaze.
In danger he’ll be my defender,
on rock will my feet be secured;
triumphant in trouble, I’ll render
my offerings of praise to the Lord.
3. O Lord, hear my voice, I beseech you:
respond to my cry with your grace;
my heart ever tells me to seek you:
I will, Lord – O hide not your face.
Nor yet in your anger reject me,
O God, my salvation, my hope!
Though family no longer protect me,
the Lord will himself take me up.
4. Lord, teach me your way, lest I wander
or step in my enemies’ path;
preserve me from them and their slander,
their hatred, their violence and wrath.
I know in the land of the living
I’ll see the Lord’s goodness outpoured;
be strong, such assurance receiving-
take courage and wait for the Lord!
Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication. Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, "Where is the LORD your God?" My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets.
A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended. In that day they will come to you, from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt to the River, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.
Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvellous things.
The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf; they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; they shall come trembling out of their strongholds; they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall be in fear of you.
MY song shall bless the Lord of all,
my praise shall climb to His abode;
Thee, Saviour, by that name I call,
the great supreme, the mighty God.
2 Without beginning or decline,
object of faith and not of sense;
eternal ages saw Him shine,
He shines eternal ages hence.
3 As much when in the manger laid
almighty ruler of the sky,
as when the six days’ work He made
filled all the morning stars with joy.
4 Of all the crowns Jehovah wears,
salvation is His dearest claim;
that gracious sound, well pleased, He hears,
and owns Emmanuel for His name.
5 A cheerful confidence I feel,
my well-placed hopes with joy I see;
my spirit burns with heavenly zeal,
to worship Him who died for me.
6 As man, He pities my complaint,
His power and truth are all divine;
He will not fail, He cannot faint;
salvation’s sure, and must be mine.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
"For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Come, my soul, your plea prepare,
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
he himself has bid you pray,
therefore will not turn away.
2. You are coming to a king;
large petitions with you bring,
for his grace and power are such,
none can ever ask too much.
3. With my burden I begin:
Lord, remove this load of sin;
let your blood, for sinners spilt,
set my conscience free from guilt.
4. Lord, I come to you for rest,
be my heart’s most welcome guest;
there your blood-bought right maintain
and without a rival reign.
5. While I am a pilgrim here,
let your love my spirit cheer;
as my guide, my guard, my friend,
lead me to my journey’s end.
6. Show me what I have to do;
every hour my strength renew;
let me live a life of faith;
let me die your people’s death.
Jesus, my strength, my hope,
on you I cast my care,
with humble confidence look up
and know you hear my prayer.
On you alone I wait
till I can all things do;
on you, almighty to create,
almighty to renew.
2. Give me a godly fear,
a quick-discerning eye,
that looks to you when sin is near
and sees the tempter fly;
a spirit well-prepared
and armed with zealous care,
for ever standing on its guard
and keeping watch in prayer.
3. Give me a true regard,
a single, steady aim,
unmoved by threatening or reward,
for you and your great name;
a jealous, just concern
for your immortal praise;
a pure desire that all may learn
and glorify your grace.
4. I rest upon your word;
the promise is for me;
my strength and my salvation, Lord,
from you alone shall be:
but let me still abide,
nor from my hope remove,
till you my steadfast spirit guide
into your perfect love.
How vast the benefits divine
which we in Christ possess!
We are redeemed from sin and shame
and called to holiness.
Not for the works that we have done-
all these to him are owed;
but he of his electing love
salvation has bestowed.
2. To you alone, O Lord, is due
all glory and renown:
praise to ourselves we dare not take,
or rob you of your crown.
You were yourself our guarantor
in God’s redemption plan;
in you his grace was given us
before the world began.
3. Safe in the arms of sovereign love
we ever shall remain;
not all the rage of earth or hell
can make your promise vain.
So none of all your chosen ones
shall fail your heaven to gain;
here they will share abounding grace,
and there with Jesus reign.
Closing prayer and Grace
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