Thou Great I AM,
I acknowledge and confess that all things come of Thee --
:: life, breath, happiness, advancement,
:: sight, touch, hearing,
:: goodness, truth, beauty --
:: all that makes existence amiable.
In the spiritual world also I am dependent entirely upon Thee.
Give me grace to know more of my need of grace;
Show me my sinfulness that I may willingly confess it;
Reveal to me my weakness that I may know my strength in Thee.
I thank Thee for any sign of penitence; give me more of it;
My sins are black and deep, and rise from a stony, proud, self-righteous heart;
Help me to confess them with mourning, regret, self-loathing,
with no pretence to merit or excuse;
I need healing,
Good Physician, here is scope for Thee,
come and manifest Thy power;
I need faith;
Thou who hast given it me, maintain, strengthen, increase it,
Centre it upon the Saviour's work,
:: upon the majesty of the Father,
:: upon the operations of the Spirit;
Work it in me now that I may never doubt Thee
:: as the truthful, mighty, faithful God.
Then I can bring my heart to Thee
full of love, gratitude, hope, joy.
May I lay at Thy feet these fruits grown in Thy garden,
:: love Thee with a passion that can never cool,
:: believe in Thee with a confidence that never staggers,
:: hope in Thee with an expectation that can never be dim,
:: delight in Thee with a rejoicing that cannot be stifled,
:: glorify Thee with the highest of my powers,
burning, blazing, glowing, radiating, as from Thy own glory.
Italics added --
Excerpt from The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan prayers
Though I had never before read this particular book, as I browsed through it last night these words jumped off the page at me -- such heart is seen in these old prayers of the Puritans. I personally was blessed and challenged, and wanted to share it with you today.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thou Great I AM,