A couple mornings ago, I ended my devotions with a prayer from The Valley Of Vision. This prayer, like many other Puritan works, switches in focus between our depravity and praise for the Lord. Many times when reading the writings of the Puritans, all I can do is ask the Lord to grant me sincerity in my walk with Him. Grant me a love that is and remains true; a 2 John 6 love- And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. If I do not obey my God and Father consistently, I cannot say I love Him. If others cannot examine my life and grasp an assurance of Christ’s existence – and moreover, His love – I should not claim His name. Yet, it is by God’s grace alone, that He enables me and others to present this very image with our lives. Praise be to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for His grace, love, and continual faithfulness!
God And Myself
Lord God Almighty,
Thy understanding is unsearchable and infinite,
Thy arm cannot be stayed,
Thy agency extends through limitless space,
All works hang on thy care,
With thee time a present now.
Holy is thy wisdom, power, mercy, ways, works.
How can I stand before thee
with my numberless and aggravated offences?
I have often loved darkness,
observed lying vanities,
forsaken thy given mercies,
trampled underfoot the beloved Son,
mocked thy providences,
flattered thee with my lips,
broken thy covenant.
It is of thy compassion that I am not consumed.
Lead me to repentance, and save me from despair,
Let me come to thee renouncing, condemning,
loathing myself, (my sin)
but hoping in the grace that flows
even to the chief of sinners.
At the cross may I contemplate the evil of sin,
and abhor it,
look on Him whom I pierced,
as one slain for me, and by me.
May I never despise His death by fearing
its efficacy for my salvation.
And whatever cross I am required to bear,
let me see Him carrying a heavier.
Teach me in health to think of sickness,
in the brightest hours to be ready for darkness;
in life prepare me for death.
Thus may my soul rest in thee, O immortal
and transcendent One,
revealed as thou art in the Person and work
of thy Son,
the Friend of sinners.