Confidence

O GOD, THOU ART VERY GREAT,

My lot is to approach thee with godly fear
and humble confidence,
for thy condescension equals thy grandeur,
and thy goodness is thy glory.
I am unworthy, but thou dost welcome;
guilty, but thou art merciful;
indigent, but thy riches are unsearchable.
Thou hast shown boundless compassion towards me
by not sparing thy Son,
and by giving me freely all things in him;
This is the foundation of my hope,
the refuge of my safety,
the new and living way to thee,
the means of that conviction of sin,
brokenness of heart, and self-despair,
which will endear to me the gospel.
Happy are they who are Christ’s,
in him at peace with thee,
justified from all things,
delivered from coming wrath,
made heirs of future glory;
Give me such deadness to the world,
such love to the Saviour,
such attachment to his house,
such devotedness to his service,
as proves me a subject of his salvation.
May every part of my character and conduct
make a serious and amiable impression on others,
and impel them to ask the way to the Master.
Let no incident of life, pleasing or painful,
injure the prosperity of my soul,
but rather increase it.
Send me thy help,
for thine appointments are not meant
to make me independent of thee,
and the best means will be vain
without super-added blessings.

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Continual Repentance

O God of Grace,

You have imputed my sin to my substitute,
and have imputed his righteousness to my soul,
clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe,
decking me with jewels of holiness.

But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;
my best prayers are stained with sin;
my penitential tears are so much impurity;
my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;
my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.

I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed;
I have no robe to bring to cover my sins,
no loom to weave my own righteousness;

I am always standing clothed in filthy garments,
and by grace am always receiving change of raiment,
for you always justify the ungodly;
I am always going into the far country,
and always returning home as a prodigal,
always saying, “Father, forgive me,”
and you are always bringing forth the best robe.

Every morning let me wear it,
every evening return in it,
go out to the day’s work in it,
be married in it,
be wound in death in it,
stand before the great white throne in it,
enter heaven in it shining as the sun.

Grant me never to lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
the exceeding wonder of grace.

-Arthur Bennett, ed. The Valley of Vision, 320. (language modernized by Tim Challies) http://www.challies.com/quotes/continual-repentance

God’s Cause

SOVEREIGN GOD,

Your cause, not my own, engages my heart,
and I appeal to You with greatest freedom
to set up Your kingdom in every place where Satan reigns;

Glorify Yourself and I shall rejoice,
for to bring honor to Your name in my sole desire.

I adore You that You are God,
and long that others should know it, feel it, and rejoice in it.

O that all men might love and praise You,
that You might have all glory from the intelligent world!

Let sinners be brought to You for Your dear name!

To the eye of reason everything respecting
the conversion of others is as dark as midnight,

But You can accomplish great things;
the cause is Yours,
and it is to Your glory that men should be saved.

Lord, use me as You will,
do with me what You will;
but, O, promote Your cause,
let Your kingdom come,
let Your blessed interest be advanced in this world!

O bring in great numbers to Jesus!
let me see that glorious day,
and give me to grasp for multitudes of souls;
let me be willing to die to that end;
and while I live let me labour for You
to the utmost of my strength,
spending time profitably in this work,
both in health and in weakness.

It is Your cause and kingdom I long for, not my own.
O, answer my request!

-Arthur Bennett, ed. The Valley of Vision, 320. (language modernized)

Spiritual Helps

Eternal Father,

It is amazing love,

that Thou hast sent Thy Son to suffer in my stead,

that Thou hast added the Spirit to teach, comfort, guide,

that Thou hast allowed the ministry of angels to wall me round;

All heaven subserves the welfare of a poor worm.

Permit Thy unseen servants to be ever active on my behalf,

and to rejoice when grace expands in me.

Suffer them never to rest until my conflict is over,

and I stand victorious on salvation’s shore.

Grant that my proneness to evil, deadness to good,

resistance to Thy Spirit’s motions,

may never provoke Thee to abandon me.

May my hard heart awake Thy pity, not Thy wrath,

And if the enemy gets an advantage through my corruption,

let it be seen that heaven is mightier than hell,

that those for me are greater than those against me.

Arise to my help in richness of covenant blessings,

Keep me feeding in the pastures of Thy strengthening Word,

searching Scripture to find Thee there.

If my waywardness is visited with a scourge,

enable me to receive correction meekly,

to bless the reproving hand,

to discern the motive of rebuke,

to respond promptly, and do the first work.

Let all Thy fatherly dealings make me a partaker of Thy holiness.

Grant that in every fall I may sink lower on my knees,

and that when I rise it may be to loftier heights of devotion.

May my every cross be sanctified,

every loss be gain,

every denial a spiritual advantage,

every dark day a light of the Holy Spirit,

every night of trial a song.

-Spiritual Helps, The Valley of Vision (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), 242-243

Valley of Vision – Choices

O God,
Though I am allowed to approach thee
I am not unmindful of my sins,
I do not deny my guilt,
I confess my wickedness, and earnestly plead forgiveness.
May I with Moses choose affliction rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin.
Help me to place myself always under thy guiding and guardian care,
to take firmer hold of the sure covenant that binds me to thee,
to feel more of the purifying, dignifying, softening influence of the religion I profess,
to have more compassion, love, pity, courtesy,
to deem it an honor to be employed by thee as an instrument in thy hands,
ready to seize every opportunity of usefulness, and willing to offer all my talents to thy service.
Thou hast done for me all things well, hast remembered, distinguished, indulged me.
All my desires have not been gratified, but thy love denied them to me
when fulfillment of my wishes would have proved my ruin or injury.
My trials have been fewer than my sins, and when I have kissed the rod it has fallen from thy hands.
Thou hast often wiped away my tears, restored peace to my mourning heart, chastened me for my profit.
All thy work for me is perfect, and I praise thee.

-Choices, The Valley of Vision (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), 192-193