The Redeemer’s petition is, that his people may be kept from sin. How carefully ought we to behave ourselves lest we go astray into that which would grieve his heart. If he pleaded with God that we might be kept from sin, God forbid that we should take pleasure in it.
There is a Shepherd kind and strong,
Still watchful for his sheep;
Nor shall the infernal lion rend
Whom he vouchsafes to keep.
Blest Jesus, intercede for us,
That we may fall no more;
Oh, raise us, when we prostrate lie,
And comfort lost restore.
Thy sacred energy impart,
That faith may never fail:
But under showers of fiery darts,
That temper’d shield prevail.