A few lines follow from a prayer entitled [i]Self-Noughting[/i] from The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions. It is my sense that these short lines are suitable for meditating upon, for drawing our attention inward and upward, so that we may reflect upon our own low estate, and the loftiness of God's. I wonder how much of the hidden and secret inner-life available to the Christian is lost upon us of our day because we neglect the disciplines of quite reflection and meditation upon the things of God and the word of God? What discoveries of God's greatness await us? What re-discoveries of His greatness await? Here are the lines and perhaps we can add some of our own afterwards.Thou dwellest in the highest heaven and this cannot contain thee;I live in a house of clay.~Thy power is almighty;I am crushed before the moth.~Thy understanding is infinite;I know nothing as I ought to know.~Thou canst not behold evil;I am vile.
_________________Christopher Joel Dandrow
Thank you for this, Chris.May more of us on SI study the holiness, wisdom, and intimacy with God the Puritans had. We will profit immensely from it, and grow in such wisdom and grace. Brother Paul
_________________Paul Frederick West
You have measured the waters in the hollow of Your hand;I cannot by taking thoughtadd one cubit unto my stature.~You cover Yourself with Lightas with a garment;All my righteousness isas filthy rags.~Known unto You are all Yourworks from the beginning ofthe world;I know not what shallbe on the morrow.~You are altogether lovely andYou are Love;I have been a lover of pleasuremore than a lover of God.~
Chris, I am interesting in reading this book. I actually found an excerpt of Puritan Prayers from the book posted online. Thanks for sharing this.http://www.eternallifeministries.org/prayers.htm
amen and amen. I marked the site in my favorites. Thanks for sharing it. I tell you all of a certainty, the hour is late and God is calling all who would be His, to holiness, purity, death to self and the world. Hardly anyone wants to hear such a thing. I'm so glad you do. Listen as the Spirit of the Lord says come and dwell, abide in Me; not just on Sundays and Wednesdays, but each and every minute of each and every day. Alleluia.Humbly before Him in His grace,"O"
I wonder how much of the hidden and secret inner-life available to the Christian is lost upon us of our day because we neglect the disciplines of quite reflection and meditation upon the things of God and the word of God