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“O LORD GOD,

The first act of calling is by thy command in thy Word,
‘Come unto me, return unto me’;
The second is to let in light,
so that I see that I am called particularly,
and perceive the sweetness of the command as well as its truth,
in regard to thy great love of the sinner,
by inviting him to come, through vile,
in regard to the end of the command,
which is fellowship with thee,
in regard to thy promise in the gospel,
which is all of grace.

“Therefore, Lord,

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“It is thy pleasure to help all that pray for grace,
and come to thee for it.
When my heart is unsavory with sin, sorrow, darkness, hell,
only thy free grace can help me act
with deep abasement under a sense of unworthiness.

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“Let me not overlook the hand that holds the rod,
as thou didst not let me forget the rod that fell on Christ,
and drew me to him.”

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