Several years ago, a dear friend introduced me to The Valley Of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. The language of the book is outdated, the style of prayer is formal and yet the truths within remain as life-giving as they were a hundred years ago. What a privilege to read the prayers of those who loved Jesus and faithfully followed him years before we came to be on this earth! I was humbled and sincerely moved as I read the following this morning:
I am loved with everlasting love,
clothed with eternal righteousness,
my peace flowing like a river,
my comforts many and large,
my joy and triumph unutterable,
my soul lively with a knowledge of salvation,
my sense of justification unclouded.
I have scare anything to pray for;
Jesus smiles upon my soul as a ray of heaven
and my supplications are swallowed up in praise.
How sweet is the glorious doctrine of election
when based upon thy Word
and wrought inwardly within the soul!
I bless thee that thou wilt keep the sinner thou hast loved,
and hast engaged that he will not forsake thee,
else I would never get to heaven.
I wrong the work of grace in my heart
if I deny my new nature and my eternal life.
If Jesus were not my righteousness and my redemption,
I would sink into nethermost hell
by my misdoings, shortcomings, unbelief, unlove;
If Jesus were not by the power of his Spirit my sanctification,
there is no sin I should not commit.
O when shall I have his mind!
When shall I be conformed to his image?
All the good things of life are less than nothing
when compared with his love,
and with one glimpse of they electing favor.
All the treasures of a millions worlds could not make me richer,
happier, more contented,
for his unsearchable riches are mine.
One moment of communion with him, one view of his grace,
is ineffable, inestimable.
But O God, I could not long after they presence
if I did not know the sweetness of it;
and such I could not know except by they Spirit in my heart,
nor love thee at all unless thou didst
elect me, call me, save me.
I bless thee for the covenant of grace.
–The Valley Of Vision, “Assurance”
If you have a moment to do so, I encourage you to read it again. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what it means to receive the fullest measures of mercy and grace. To make your soul, “lively with a knowledge of salvation.” May joy in Him be yours today!
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:17-23