The Valley of Vision

Thou has brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold

thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter

thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

Thy life in my death,

that every good work or thought found in me

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty

thy glory in my valley.

~ A Prayer taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett.

Recently I posted “Purification,”  a Puritan Prayer also from the compilation of prayers entitled Valley of Vision.  I have been reading these prayers recently and have been blessed by them. Pastor Wes Bredenhof  recently mentioned that there was a Music CD  released by Sovereign Grace based on some of these Puritan Prayers.  I took a look and have to say that I am impressed with these songs and will be adding them to my collection. The video above was from that collection of songs, and based on the title prayer Valley of Vision.


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