Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Broken Heart

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)

This evening we will again be gathering as a church family to remember our Lord’s struggle at Gethsemane and celebrate the Last Passover meal together. Jesus’ painful prayers in the garden before he went the cross always bring to mind my own struggle with sin. I am deeply grateful for God's grace in the brokenness of making me more self-aware and sensitive to my own sin – and for His mercy in the assurance that there was a resurrection that will ultimately remove the deadly burden of my sinful nature from my soul.


















O Lord,
No day of my life has passed
that has not proved me guilty in thy sight.
Prayers have been uttered from a prayerless heart;
Praise has been often praiseless sound;
My best services are filthy rags.
Blessed Jesus, let me find a covert in thy appeasing wounds.
Though my sins rise to heaven thy merits soar above them;
Though unrighteousness weighs me down to hell,
thy righteousness exalts me to thy throne.
All things in me call for my rejection,
All things in thee plead for my acceptance.
I appeal from the throne of perfect justice
to thy throne of boundless grace,
Grant me to hear thy voice assuring me:
that by thy stripes I am healed,
that thou wast bruised for my iniquities,
that thou hast been made sin for me
that I might be righteous in thee,
that my grievous sins, my manifold sins,
are all forgiven,
buried in the ocean of thy concealing blood.
I am guilty, but pardoned,
lost, but saved,
wandering, but found,
sinning, but cleansed.
Give me perpetual broken-heartedness,
Keep me always clinging to thy cross,
Flood me every moment with descending grace,
Open to me the springs of divine knowledge,
sparkling like crystal,
flowing clear and unsullied
through my wilderness of life.


From "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotion" edited by Arthur Bennett

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