I just love reading through “The Valley of Vision,” which is a book of Puritan devotions and prayers. One of my fovorites is called “Living For Jesus.” Although it is written in Old English, it really touches the heart.
Take a moment of reflection and read through this short devotion.
O Savior of Sinners,
Thy name is excellent,
Thy glory high,
Thy compassions unfailing,
Thy condescension wonderful,
Thy mercy render.
I bless thee for the discoveries, invitations,
promises of the gospel
for in them is pardon for rebels,
liberty for captives,
health for the sick,
salvation for the lost.
I come to thee in thy beloved name of Jesus;
Re-impress thy image unpon my soul;
Raise me above the smiles and frowns of the world,
Regarding it as a light thing to be judged by men;
May thy approbation be my only aim,
Thy Word my own rule.
Make me to abhor that which grieves thy
To suspect consolations of a worldly nature,
To shun a careless way of life,
To reprove evil,
To instruct with meekness those who oppose me,
To be gentle and patient towards all men,
To be not only a professor but an example of the gospel,
Displaying in every relation, office, and condition
It’s excellency, loveliness, and advantages.
How little have I illustrated my principles
And improved my privileges!
How seldom I served my generation!
How often I injured and not recommended
How few are those blessed through me!
In many things I have offended,
In all come short of thy glory;
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
May the Lord minister to your heart as you reflect on this reading.
Arthur Bennett, Ed., The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA, 1975) 104-105.
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