Magnifying the Love of Christ

There’s a project I’m working on that will sooner or later make it to this blog.  It has been on my heart lately to just write about the Surpassing Greatness of Jesus Christ – to spend time writing and reflecting on His glory, His character, His work – for no other reason than just to praise Him.  The problem is, every time I sit down to write it, it just keeps getting longer and longer; there’s just so much to say.  I don’t want to do this half-heartedly, so I suppose it will have to wait.

Instead, let me share a prayer this morning from The Valley of Vision:

O Lover to the Uttermost,
May I read the meltings of thy heart to me
in the manger of thy birth,
in the garden of thy agony,
in the cross of thy suffering,
in the tomb of thy resurrection,
in the heaven of thy intercession.
Bold in this thought I defy my adversary,
tread down his temptations,
resist his schemings,
renounce the world,
am valiant for truth.
Deepen in me a sense of my holy relationship to thee,
as spiritual Bridegroom,
as Jehovah’s Fellow,
as sinners’ Friend.
I think of thy glory and my vileness,
thy majesty and my meanness,
thy beauty and my deformity,
thy purity and my filth,
thy righteousness and my iniquity.
Thou hast loved me everlastingly, unchangeably,
may I love thee as I am loved;
Thou hast given thy self for me,
may I give myself to thee;
Thou hast died for me,
may I live to thee,
in every moment of my times,
in every movement of my mind,
in every pulse of my heart.
May I never dally with the world and its allurements,
but walk by thy side,
listen to thy voice,
be clothed with thy graces,
and adorned with thy righteousness.

From The Valley of Vision (Carlisle, PA, The Banner of Truth Trust, 2009) pg. 18.

SDG

A Prayer for the New Year

As this is my first post for the New Year, I thought I’d share the following prayer from The Valley of Vision.

O Lord,
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire to show forth thy praise;
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.