Divine Mercies – Puritan Prayers

Divine Mercies

               Thine is surpassing greatness, unspeakable goodness, super-abundant grace;
                I can as soon count the sands of ocean’s ‘lip’ as number thy favours towards me;
                                                          (Eph 2:4-5) (Psalm 30:5)

I know but a part, but that part exceeds all praise. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
I thank thee for personal mercies,
a measure of health, preservation of body,
comforts of house and home, sufficiency of food and clothing,
continuance of mental powers, my family, their mutual help and support,
the delights of domestic harmony and peace,the seats now filled that might have been vacant,
my country, church, Bible, faith. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

But, O, how I mourn my sin, ingratitude, vileness,
the days that add to my guilt,
the scenes that witness my offending tongue;
All things in heaven, earth, around, within, without, condemn me –
the sun which sees my misdeeds,
the darkness which is light to thee. (Psalm 38:1-17)

the cruel accuser who charges me,
the good angels who have been provoked to leave me,
thy countenance which scans my secret sins.
thy righteous law, thy holy Word,
my sin-soiled conscience, my private and public life,
my neighbors, myself–all write dark things against me. (Romans 2:12-16)

I deny them not, frame no excuse, but confess,
‘Father, I have sinned’; (Psalm 51:3)
Yet still I live, and fly repenting to thy outstretched arms; (2 Corinthians 7:10)
thou wilt not cast me off, for Jesus brings me near,
thou  wilt not condemn me, for he died in my stead,(Isaiah 53)
thou wilt not mark my mountains of sin,
for he leveled all, and his beauty covers my deformities.
O my God, I bid farewell to sin by clinging to his cross,
Hiding in his wounds, and sheltering in his side. (Psalm 61:3)

The Scripture references have been addedby me (Brian Wyatt) during my studies and are far from exhaustive.

 The Valley of Vision is a selection of petitions and meditations in the Puritan tradition. This compilation of prayers is intended to teach and encourage Christians to be faithful in their private and family worship. If you’re interested you can find it at http://www.monergismbooks.com/The-Valley-of-Vision-Leather-p-16293.html

About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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