Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Valley of Vision: Conflict

O Lord God,
Thou art my protecting arm, 
   fortress, refuge, shield, buckler.
Fight for me and my foes must flee;
Uphold me and I cannot fall;
Strengthen me and I stand unmoved, unmovable;
Equip me and I shall receive no wound;
Stand by me and Satan will depart;
Anoint my lips with a song of salvation
  and I shall shout thy victory;
Give me an abhorrence all evil,
  as a vile monster that
   defies thy law, cast off thy yoke,
   defiles my nature, spreads misery.
Teach me to look to Jesus on his cross
  and so to know sins loathsomeness in thy sight.
There is no pardon but through thy Son's death,
  no cleansing but in his precious blood,
  no atonement but his to expiate evil.
Show me the shame, the agony, the bruises
    of incarnate God,
  that I may read boundless guilt in the
    boundless price;
May I discern the deadly viper in its real malignity,
   tear it with holy indignation from my breast,
   resolutely turn from its evil snare,
   refuse to hold polluting dalliance with it.
Blessed Lord Jesus, at thy cross
  may I be taught the awful miseries from which
    I am saved,
  ponder what the word 'lost' implies,
  see the fires of internal destruction;
Then may I cling more closely to thy broken self,
 adhere to thee with firmer faith,
 be devoted to thee with total being,
 detest sin as strongly as they love to me
   is strong,
And may holiness be the atmosphere 
    in which I live.
From The Valley of Vision pages 182-183

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