Preparing for Worship: December 1, 2013

February 6, 2019

In thinking on the Thanksgiving Day now behind us, I was encouraged by the following prayer from a collection of Puritan devotionals, "Valley of Vision":
O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow. When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness. I bless thee for the soul thou hast created, for adorning it, for sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil; for the body thou hast given me, for preserving its strength and vigour, for providing senses to enjoy delights, for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding; for thy royal bounty providing my daily support, for a full table and overflowing cup, for appetite, taste, sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends, for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities, for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around, for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly. I love thee above the powers of language to express, for what thou art to thy creatures. Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.
What a beautifully written prayer! I hope that it ministers to your heart as it did to mine over the last few days. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here: 1. O Come All Ye Faithful 2. Trisagion 3. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus 4. Our Great God 5. How Sweet and Aweful is the Place Josh Philpot Pastor of Worship.