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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Already Sufficient

Been feeling the weight of future unknowns lately, and I am thankful for this Sunday devotion from Valley of Vision.  Just like the man healed of demons in Mark 5:1-20, may I be quick to obey Christ, clearly seeing that He is already sufficient for all my needs. 

Lord Jesus,

Grant me the favour of being led by thee,
     under the directions of thy providence and thy Word.  
Grant me thy blessings with bitter things,
     to brighten and quicken me,
     not to depress and make me lifeless;
Grant me, like Gideon of old, way-tokens,
     by removing things that discourage me;
Grant me succour beneath the shadow
     of thy sympathy when I am tempted.
Accept my unceasing thanks
     that I am not cast off from thy hand
     as a darkened star or rudderless vessel.
Suffer not my life to extend 
     beyond my usefulness;
Cast me not under the feet of 
     pride, injustice, riches, worldly greatness,
     selfish oppression of men;
Help me to wait patiently, silently upon thee,
     not to be enraged or speak unadvisedly.
Let thy mercy follow me while I live,
     and give me aid to resign myself to thy will.
Take my heart and hold it in thy hand;
     write upon it reverence to thyself with an
     inscription that time and eternity cannot erase.
To thy grace and the care of thy covenant
     I commit myself, in sickness, and in health,
       for thou hast overcome the world,
       fulfilled the law,
       finished justifying righteousness,
       swallowed up death in victory,
       and taken all power everywhere.
Mark this covenant with thine own blood
     in the court of forgiving mercy;
Attach unto it thy name in which I believe,
     for it is sealed by my unworthy mortal hand.

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