Saturday, June 6, 2009
God and Myself
The Valley of Vision is a collection of prayers written by the Puritans, it's a great resource to use especially for those times that you just don't know what to say. The Puritans just have a way of expressing things so fittingly and cross centered, it would definitely be a worthwhile investment in your walk with the Lord.
This is a prayer entitled God and Myself, a great reminder of who God is and who I am.
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 is a present now.
Holy is thy wisdom, power, mercy, ways, works, How can I stand before thee with my numberless and aggravated offenses? I have often loved darkness, observed lying vanities, forsaken thy given mercies, trampled underfoot thy beloved Son, mocked thy providence's, flattered thee with my lips, broken thy covenant.
It is of thy that I am not consumed. Lead me to repentance, and save me from despair; Let me come to thee renouncing, condemning, loathing myself, 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 it's 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.
I would highly recommend picking up a copy of the Valley of Vision for yourself, it will nourish your soul.