January 05, 2012

The Great God

O Foundation of all good,
Destroy in me every lofty thought,
Break pride to pieces and scatter it to the winds,
Annihilate each clinging shred of self-righteousness,
Implant in me true lowliness of spirit,
Abase me to self-loathing and self-abhorrence,
Open in me a fount of penitential tears,
Break me, then bind me up;
Thus will my heart be a prepared dwelling for my God;
Then can the Father take up abode in me,
Then can the blessing Jesus come with healing in his touch,
Then can the Holy Spirit descend in sanctifying grace;
O Holy Trinity, three Persons and one God,
inhabit me, a temple consecrated to Thy glory.
When Thou art present, evil cannot abide;
In Thy fellowship is fullness of joy,
Beneath Thy smile is peace of conscience,
By Thy side no fears disturb,
no apprehensions banish rest of mind,
With Thee my heart shall bloom with fragrance;
Make me meet, through repentance, for Thine indwelling.
Nothing exceeds Thy power,
Nothing is to great for thee to do,
Nothing too good for thee to give.
Infinite is thy might, boundless thy love,
limitless thy grace, glorious thy saving name.
Let angels sing for sinners repenting, prodigals restored,
backsliders reclaimed, Satan's captives released,
 blind eyes opened, broken hearts bound up,
the despondent cheered, the self-righteous stripped,
the formalist driven from a refuge of lies,
the ignorant enlightened,
and saints built up in their holy faith.
I ask great things of a great God.

This is an excerpt from "The Valley of Vision," an amazing collection of Puritan prayers and devotions published by: The Banner of Truth Trust P.O. Box 621, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013, U.S.A.