A Puritan’s Prayer: Worship

Puritan Glorious God,

It is the flame of my life to worship thee,
    the crown and glory of my soul to adore thee,
    heavenly pleasure to approach thee.

Give me power by the Spirit to help me
      
worship now,
   
that I may forget the world,
      
be brought into the fullness of life,
      
be refreshed, comforted, blessed.

Give me knowledge of thy goodness
   
that I might not be over-awed by they greatness;
Give me Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God,
   
that I might not be terrified,
      
but drawn near with filial love,
        
with holy boldness;

He is my Mediator, Brother, Interpreter,
    B
ranch, Daysman, Lamb;
      
him I glorify,
      
in him I am set on high.

Crowns to give I have none,
    but what thou hast given I return,
   
content to feel that everything is mine
      
when it is thine,
   
and the more fully mine when I have yielded it
      
to thee.

Let me live wholly to my Saviour,
   
free from distractions,
      
from carking care,
      
from hindrances to the pursuit
        
of the narrow way.

I am pardoned through the blood of Jesus-
   
give me a new sense of it,
   
continue to pardon me by it,
   
may I come every day to the fountain,
   
and every day to be washed anew,
   
that I may worship thee always
      
in spirit and truth.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

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