God and Myself

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One of the great books that I have is not filled with infinite knowledge and wisdom. It is not thick. It is not necessarily culturally engaging. It is a book full of prayers. It is called The Valley of Vision and is a book full of Puritan prayers and devotions. It contains some of the richest truths about God and the richest devotion to God. It contains some edifying and sanctifying material that blesses my soul and blesses many others as well. One of them that I read this morning is entitled God and Myself. It is a tremendous look at the holiness and magnificence of God and the utter depravity of man. Yet is shows that despite the fact that man is totally depraved, the mercy and grace of God is immeasurable. It is immeasurable in the fact that He initiates and allows relationship with His people, even though we will continually battle sin, self, and temptation. I thought that it would be good for me to post this prayer and I hope that you are enriched by it as well.

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 is 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 thy 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, 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.  

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