CONFIDENCE

“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you? Such is the confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God…” 2 Cor 3:1,4-5

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.

From the Valley of Vision Prayer Book

 

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