Thursday, February 5, 2009

Christ's Suffering for Our Gain: A Puritan Prayer

JT posted this prayer from Valley of Vision today, and it's excellent:
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.

My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live.
Great stuff. If you don't have Valley of Vision, go buy it right now. It has been an enormous help for my prayer life, and even if you don't agree with the theology of the Puritans (i.e. if you aren't a Calvinist!), you have to appreciate their unwavering dependence on and appreciation for the total sufficiency of Christ's righteousness in the place of our sin.

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