Wednesday, April 11, 2012

So shines a good deed in a weary world.

The following is a Puritan prayer, part of which I shared during our Good Friday service when addressing the following words of Jesus, His 5th of the 7 sayings on the cross:
"I thirst." (John 19:28)

"Love Lustres at Calvary"

My Father,
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips,
Supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens
and heaps them on thy Son,
Made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man, thy fellow;
There the infinite attributes were magnified,
And infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
And infinite punishment was endured.

Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
Cast off that I might be brought in,
Trodden down as an enemy
that I might be welcomed as a friend,
Surrendered to hell’s worst
that I might attain heaven’s best,
Stripped that I might be clothed,
Wounded that I might be healed,
Athirst that I might drink,
Tormented that I might be comforted,
Made a shame that I might inherit glory,
Entered darkness that I might have eternal light.

My Saviour wept
that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
Groaned that I might have endless song,
Endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
Bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem’
Bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
Experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
Closed his eyes in death
that I might gaze on the unclouded brightness,
Expired that I might forever live.

O Father, who spared not thine only Son
that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.

O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
My every step buoyant with delight, as I see
My enemies crushed,
Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
Sin buried in the ocean of God’s reconciling blood,
Hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.

Go forth, O conquering God, and show me the cross,
Mighty to subdue, comfort and save.
~From The Valley of Vision

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