Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Valley of Vision

A must listen to CD for me at the moment is The Valley of Vision. This CD has been produced by Sovereign Grace Ministries, a ministry led by C.J. Mahaney, husband of Carolyn Mahaney who I mentioned in my previous post. The CD is a compilation of worship songs inspired by the classical book of Puritan prayers, The Valley of Vision.

Sovereign Grace Ministries describes these puritan men and women as "giants of the faith,"who "keenly felt their own weakness. They knew their own hearts, and they knew their God." This collection of songs introduces us to men like John Bunyan, Richard Baxter, David Brainerd, and Isaac Watts and are certainly an inspiration for personal prayer, meditation, confession, and rejoicing. If you would like to hear a clip of the CD and watch a Valley of Vision trailer click here. But here's a few words of inspiration from these 350 year old prayers themselves;

The Valley of Vision

Lord, High and Holy, Meek and Lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime starts can be seen from the deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty,
thy glory in my valley.

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