Emmeline. With Some Other Pieces.

Helps to Devotion.

Mary Brunton

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O Lord, thou hast searched and known me; thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, thou art there; if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.[1] The heaven of heavens containeth thee not.[2] Thine eyes are in every place.[3] Hell and destruction are before thee; how much more then, the hearts of the children of men.[4] Thou knowest our imaginations which we go about,[5] and the things which come into our minds, every one of them.[6]

Wo unto them then that seek to hide their counsel from thee; and say, who seeth us.[7] Behold, even thou hast seen it, oh Lord.[8] Thou knowest, and art a witness,[9] for can any hide himself in secret places, that thou shalt not see him? Dost thou not fill heaven and earth, O Lord![10]

Search me then, oh God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me; and lead me in the way everlasting,[11] that I may boldly say the Lord is my helper,[12] my shepherd,[13] my very present help in time of trouble,[14] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.[15]


[1] Psalm cxxxiv. 1, 2, 3. 7, 8, 9, 10.
[2] 2 Chron. ii. 6.
[3] Prov. xv. 3.
[4] Prov. xv. 11.
[5] Deut. xxxi. 21.
[6] Ezek. xi. 5.
[7] Isaiah, xxix. 15.
[8] Jer. vii. 11.
[9] Jer. xxix. 23.
[10] Jer. xxiii. 24.
[11] Psalm cxxxix. 23.
[12] Heb. xiii. 6.
[13] Psalm xxiii. 1.
[14] Psalm xlvi. 1.
[15] Psalm lxxiii. 26.

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