Saturday, January 01, 2011

O Great God

I can think of no better prayer or focus for me in 2011.  This Puritan prayer was tweaked a little and made into a beautiful hymn we sing at church sometimes (which is featured in the video below).  The song and the prayer are so full of theology and doctrine it's incredible!  The song, especially, seems to 'cover it all' for me - please take the time to listen!

O God of the highest heaven

Occupy the throne of my heart,
take full possession and reign supreme,
law low every rebel lust,
let no vile passion resist they holy war;
manifest Thy mighty power,
and make me thine forever.

Thou art worthy to be praised with my every breath,
loved with my every faculty of soul,
served with my every act of life.

Thou hast loved me, espoused me, received me,
purchased, washed, favored, clothed, adorned me,
when I was worthless, vile, soiled, polluted.

I was dead in iniquities,
having no eyes to see Thee,
no ears to hear Thee,
no taste to relish Thy joys,
no intelligence to know Thee;

But Thy spirit has quickened me,
has brought me into a new world as a new creature,
has given me spiritual perception,
has opened to me Thy Word as light, guide, solace, joy.

Thy presence is to me a treasure of unending peace;

No provocation can part me from Thy sympathy,
for Thou has drawn me with cords of love,
of my hopes, and my vocation.

Keep me, for I cannot keep myself;

Protect me that no evil befall me;

Let me lay aside every sin admired of many;

Help me to walk by Thy side,
lean on Thy arm,
hold converse with Thee,

That henceforth I may be salt of the earth and a blessing to all.

Happy New Year!

Until next time...

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