Most Holy God,
May the close of an earthly sabbath
remind me that the last of them
will one day end.
Animate me with joy that in heaven praise
will never cease,
that adoration will continue for ever,
that no flesh will grow weary,
no congregations disperse,
no affections flag,
no thoughts wander,
no will droop,
but all will be adoring love.
Guard my mind from making ordinances
my stay or trust,
from hewing out broken cisterns,
from resting on outward helps.
Wing me through earthly forms to thy immediate
May my feeble prayers show me the emptiness
and vanity of my sins;
Deepen in me the conviction that my most fervent
and most lowly confessions, need to be
May my best services bring me nearer to the cross,
and prompt me to cry, ‘None but Jesus!’
By thy Spirit give abiding life to the lessons of
May the seed sown take deep root and yield
a full harvest.
Let all who see me take knowledge that I have been
that thou hast taught me my need as a sinner,
hast revealed a finished salvation to me,
hast enriched me with all spiritual blessings,
hast chosen me to show forth Jesus to others,
hast helped me to dispel the mists of unbelief.
O great Creator, mighty Protector, gracious
thou dost load me with loving kindnesses,
and hast made me thy purchased possession,
and redeemed me from all guilt;
I praise and bless thee for
my sabbath rest,
my calm conscience,
my peace of heart.