Every Christian has their favorite devotional. As I glance over at my bookshelf, I see devotionals by Chambers, Foster, Spurgeon, Cowman, Swindoll and Tozer. But my all time favorite is a little book of puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision.
Once you get around the “thees” and “thous,” the writing is very poignant and the message is very timeless.
I particularly enjoy the section called “Journeying On.” With so much summer traveling going on, this week is a great time to double check how our journey towards Christ is going.
Let me share it with you…
“Lord of the cloud and fire, I am a stranger, with a stranger’s indifference; My hands hold a pilgrim’s staff, my march is Zionward, my eyes are toward the coming of the Lord, My heart is in thy hands without reserve.
Thou hast created it, redeemed it, renewed it, captured it, conquered it.
Keep it from every opposing foe, crush in it every rebel lust, mortify every treacherous passion, annihilate every earthborn desire.
All faculties of my being vibrate to thy touch; I love thee with soul, mind, body, strength, might, spirit, affection, will, desire, intellect, understanding.
Thou art the very perfection of all perfections; All intellect is derived from thee, my scanty rivulets flow from they unfathomable fountain. Compared with thee the sun is darkness, all beauty deformity, all wisdom folly, the best goodness faulty.
Thou art worthy of an adoration greater than my dull heart can yield; Invigorate my love that it may rise worthily to thee, tightly entwine itself round thee, be allured by thee.
Then shall my walk be endless praise.”
With longer summer days, may our hours be filled with endless praise…