Thy presence, gracious God, afford

Sung during the Sunday worship at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London (Spurgeon’s).

Hymn 348 from our hymn book, Psalms & Hymns of Reformed Worship.

THY presence, gracious God, afford,
Prepare us to receive Thy Word:
Now let Thy voice engage our ear,
And faith be mixed with what we hear.

Open our hearts, O Lord, and bless,
And crown Thy Gospel with success.

Distracting thoughts and cares remove,
And fix our minds and hopes above;
With food divine may we be fed,
And satisfied with living bread.

To us the sacred Word apply,
With sovereign power and energy;
So may we, moved in faith and fear,
Take to our case the things we hear;

Father, to us, Thy Son reveal,
Teach us to know and do Thy will,
Thy saving power and love display,
And guide us to the realms of day.

Author: John Fawcett (1739-1817)
Tune: St Catherine
Composer: Henri Frederick Hemy (1818-88) arr.

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