Awake, my soul, and with the sun
your daily stage of duty run;
shake off dull sleep and joyful rise
to make your morning sacrifice.
2. Redeem your mis-spent time that’s past
and live this day as if your last;
improve your talent with due care,
for God’s great day yourself prepare.
3. Let all your speaking be sincere,
your conscience as the noonday clear;
think how all-seeing God surveys
your secret thoughts and all your ways.
4. Give praise to God, who safely kept
and well refreshed me while I slept:
grant, Lord, that when from death I wake
I may of endless life partake.
5. To you my vows I here renew:
disperse my sins as morning dew;
guard my first springs of thought and will
and with yourself my spirit fill.
6. Direct, control, suggest this day
all I desire or do or say;
that all my powers with all their might
for your sole glory may unite.
7. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
in heaven above and earth below;
one God, three Persons, we adore —
to him be praise for evermore!
Thomas Ken (1637-1711)
145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD!
I will keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
they are far from your law.
151 But you are near, O LORD,
and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have founded them forever.
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me,
for I do not forget your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
give me life according to your promise!
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek your statutes.
156 Great is your mercy, O LORD;
give me life according to your rules.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at the faithless with disgust,
because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I love your precepts!
Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160 The sum of your word is truth,
and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
ALL the way my Saviour leads me:
what have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
who through life has been my guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,
here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
2 All the way my Saviour leads me:
cheers each winding path I tread,
gives me grace for every trial,
feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
and my soul athirst may be,
gushing from the rock before me,
lo! a spring of joy I see.
3 All the way my Saviour leads me;
O the fulness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
in my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed, immortal,
wings its flight to realms of day,
this my song through endless ages –
Jesus led me all the way.
Frances Jane Van Alstyne, 1820-1915
"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."
ALMIGHTY God, Your word is cast
like seed into the ground;
now let the dew of heaven descend,
and righteous fruits abound.
2 Let not the foe of Christ and man
this holy seed remove,
but give it root in every heart
to bring forth fruits of love.
3 Let not the world’s deceitful cares
the rising plant destroy,
but let it yield a hundredfold
the fruits of peace and joy.
4 Oft as the precious seed is sown,
Your quickening grace bestow,
that all whose souls the truth receive
its saving power may know.
John Cawood, 1775-1852
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my all in all,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
fulness of God in helpless babe!
this gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones He came to save:
till on that cross as Jesus dies,
the wrath of God was satisfied –
for every sin on Him was laid;
here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
then bursting forth in glorious day
up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
for I am His and He is mine –
bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand;
till He returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!
Stuart Townend, b. 1963 © 2001 Thankyou Music
Fill all my life, O Lord my God,
in every part with praise;
that my whole being may proclaim
your being and your ways.
2. Not for the lip of praise alone,
nor yet the praising heart,
I ask, but for a life made up
of praise in every part.
3. Praise in the common things of life,
its goings out and in;
praise in each duty and each deed,
exalted or unseen.
4. Fill every part of me with praise;
let all my being speak
of you and of your love, O Lord,
poor though I am and weak.
5. So shall you, Lord, from me receive
the praise and glory due;
and so shall I begin on earth
the song for ever new.
6. So shall no part of day or night
from sacredness be free;
but all my life, with you my God,
in fellowship shall be.
Horatius Bonar 1808-89
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