Archive for May, 2009

From time to time, I will post a prayer from the book of Puritan prayers called Valley of Vision.

May these bring blessing and encouragement to you.

The All Good

You have helped me to see that whatever good be in honor and rejoicing, how good is he who gives them, and can withdraw them that blessedness does not lie so much in receiving good from and in You, but in holding forth Your glory and virtue: that it is an amazing thing to see Deity in a creature, speaking, acting, filling, shining through it; that nothing is good but You, that I am near good when I am near You, that to be like You is a glorious thing : This is my magnet, my attraction.

You are all my good in times of peace, my only support in days of trouble, my one sufficiency when life shall end. Help me to see how good Your will is in all, and even when it crosses mine teach me to be pleased with it. Grant me to feel You in fire, and food and every providence, and to see that Your many gifts and creatures are but Your hands and fingers taking hold of me. You bottomless fountain of all good, I give myself to You out of love, for all I have or own is yours, my goods, family, church, self, to do with as You will, to honor Yourself by me, and by all mine. If it be consistent with Your eternal counsels, the purpose of Your grace, and the great ends of Your glory, then bestow upon me the blessings of Your comforts ; If not, let me resign myself to Your wiser determinations.


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O Great God

Beautiful song by Sovereign Grace Ministries.  A puritan prayer set to music.



O Great God

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

Words and Music by Bob Kauflin
(Based on The Valley of Vision prayer “Regeneration”)

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Arise, My Soul, Arise

1. Arise, my soul, arise, 
shake off your guilty fears; 
The bleeding sacrifice, 
in my behalf appears; 
Before the throne my Surety stands, 
Before the throne my Surety stands, 
My name is written on His hands.

Chorus: Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise
Arise, my soul, arise. 
Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise 
Arise, my soul, arise. 
Shake off your guilty fears and rise

2. He ever lives above, 
for me to intercede; 
His all redeeming love, 
His precious blood, to plead; 
His blood atoned for every race, 
His blood atoned for every race, 
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

3. Five bleeding wounds He bears;
received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; 
they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

4. The Father hears Him pray, 
His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away 
the presence of His Son; 
The Spirit answers to the blood,
The Spirit answers to the blood
And tells me I am born of God.

5. My God is reconciled;
His pardoning voice I hear; 
He owns me for His child; 
I can no longer fear 
With confidence I now draw nigh, 
With confidence I now draw nigh, 
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

©1996 Kevin Twit Music.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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Starting fresh.

After a short break from the blog world, and after deleting my previous blog, I believe now is a good time to begin anew.  As the weeks and months progress, this blog will be full of edifying entries.  Scripture, music, devotions, and other things to build up the Body of Christ.  May this place be a place of encouragement and rest.  

Soli Deo Gloria

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