How to Meditate on the Trinity

Ythe-valley-of-visionThe Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions is one of those works that is a model of meditation on the great doctrines of Christ. Edited by Arthur Bennett, each prayer is laid out in poetic formatting on just two pages. There are sections on:

I.    The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
2.   Redemption and Reconciliation
3.   Penitence and Deprecation
4.   Needs and Devotions
5.   Holy Aspirations
6.   Approach to God
7.   Gifts of Grace
8.   Service and Ministry
9.   Valediction 
10. A Week’s Shared Prayers
.             [broken into AM and PM]

It is a small book, easily fitting in a woman’s purse or the glove box of a man’s truck, but it is packed with 400 pages of daily helps to take your heart to the throne of grace. I highly recommend it. You can get it on Kindle for $5, or paperback for $13, or leather bound for about $23. A great buy at any of those prices. Here’s chapter 1 below.

THREE IN ONE, ONE IN THREE,
GOD OF MY SALVATION,

Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit,
I adore thee as one Being, one Essence,
one God in three distinct Persons,
for bringing sinners to thy knowledge and to thy kingdom.

O Father, thou hast loved me and sent Jesus to redeem me;
O Jesus, thou hast loved me and assumed my nature,
shed thine own blood to wash away my sins,
wrought righteousness to cover my unworthiness;
O Holy Spirit, thou hast loved me and entered
my heart, implanted there eternal life,
revealed to me the glories of Jesus.
Three Persons and one God, I bless and praise thee,
for love so unmerited, so unspeakable, 
so wondrous, so mighty to save the lost
and raise them to glory.

O Father, I thank thee that in fullness of grace 
thou hast given me to Jesus, to be his sheep, jewel, portion;
O Jesus, I thank thee that in fullness of grace
thou hast accepted, espoused, bound me;
O Holy Spirit, I thank thee that in fullness of grace thou hast
.   exhibited Jesus as my salvation,
.   implanted faith within me,
.   subdued my stubborn heart,
.   made me one with him for ever.
O Father, thou art enthroned to hear my prayers,
O Jesus, thy hand is outstretched to take my petitions,
O Holy Spirit, thou art willing  to help my infirmities,
to show me my need,
to supply words, to pray within me,
to strengthen me that I faint not in supplication.
O Triune God, who commandeth the universe,
thou hast commanded me to ask for those things
that concern thy kingdom and my soul.
Let me live and pray as one baptized into the threefold Name.

“O happy day to be loved by the Father, washed by the Son and indwelt by the Spirit. Lord, make my heart rejoice in the wonder of both who You are and the grace You have given me both in my remaining time in Illinois and my future ministry in South Carolina. For the glory of Your Name, I ask it. Amen.”


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