Pilgrim’s Keyboard

October 5, 2017

A Cry for Deliverance …

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Romans 7:24-25
O wretch man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ, our Lord! … 

“Heaven Father,

Save me entirely from sin, I know I am righteous through the righteousness of another, but I pant and pine for likeness to thyself; I am thy child and should bear thy image, enable me to recognize my death unto sin; When it tempts me may I be deaf unto its voice.

Deliver me from the invasion as well as the dominion of sin.

Grant me to walk as Christ walked, to live in the newness of his life, the life of love, the life of faith, the life of holiness.

I abhor my body of death, its indolence, envy, meaness, pride.

Forgive, and kill these vices, have mercy on my unbelief, on my corrupt and wandering heart.

When thy blessings come I begin to idolize them, and set my affection on some beloved object – children, friends, wealth, honour; cleanse this spiritual adultery and give me chastity; close my heart to all but thee.

Sin is my greatest curse; let thy victory be apparent to my consciousness, and displayed in my life.

Help me to be always devoted, confident, obedient, resigned, childlike in my trust of thee, to love thee with my soul, body, mind, strength, to love my fellow-man as I love myself, to be saved from unregenerate temper, hard thoughts, slanderous words, meanness, unkind manners, to master my tongue and keep the door of my lips.

Fill me with race daily, that my life be a fountain of sweet water.”

{The Valley of Vision, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975 (14th printing, 2015), 168-9}

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March 7, 2017

The Life Look

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O God,

I bless thee for the happy moment when I first saw thy law fulfilled in Christ, wrath appeased, death destroyed, sin forgiven, my soul saved.

Ever since, thou hast been faithful to me:  daily have I proved the power of Jesus’ blood, daily have I known the strength of thy Spirit, my teacher, director, sanctifier.

I want no other rock to build upon than that I have, desire no other hope than that of gospel truth, need no other look than that which gazes on the cross.

Forgive me if I have tried to add anything to the one foundation, if I have unconsciously relied upon my knowledge, experience, deeds, and not seen them as filthy rages, if I have attempted to complete what is perfect in Christ; may my cry be always, Only Jesus! only Jesus!

In him is freedom from condemnation, fullness in his righteousness, eternal vitality in his given life, indissoluble union in in fellowship with him; in him I have all that I can hold; enlarge me to take in more.

If I backslide, let me like Peter weep bitterly and return to him; if I am tempted, and have no wit, give me strength enough to trust in him; if I am weak, may I faint upon his bosom of eternal love; if in extremity, let me feel that he can deliver me; if driven to the verge of hope and to the pit of despair, grant me grace to fall into his arms.

O God, hear me, do for me more than I ask, think, or dream.

 

(Valley of Vision, 96-97.)

March 2, 2017

A Convert’s First Prayer

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“A Convert’s First Prayer”

My Father,

I could never have sought my happiness in thy love, unless thou hads’t first loved me.

Thy Spirit has encouraged me by grace to seek thee, has made known to me thy reconcilitiation in Jesus, has taught me to believe it, has helped me to take thee for my God and portion.

May he grant me to grow in the knowledge and experience of thy love, and walk in it all the way to glory.

Blessed forever be thy fatherly affection, which chose me to be one of thy children by faith in Jesus:  I thank thee for giving me the desire to live as such.

In Jesus, my brother, I  have my new birth, every restraining power, every renewing grace.

It is in thy Spirit I call thee Father, believe in thee, love thee; strengthen me inwardly for every purpose of my Christian life; let the Spirit continually reveal to me my interest in Christ, and open to me the riches of thy love in him; may he abide in me that I may know my union with Jesus, and enter into constant fellowship with him; rejoice in thy love, find it the same to me as to thy Son, and become rooted and grounded in it as a house on rock; I know but little –

Increase my knowledge of thy love in Jesus, keep me pressing forward for clearer discoveries of it, so that I may find its eternal fullness; magnify thy love to me according to my deserts or prayers, and whatever increase thou givest, let it draw out greater love to thee.

The Valley of Vision. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust (2015, 14th printing, ISBN 978 0 85151 821 3), 94-95.

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