My son said he wanted a sign for over the doorway to the entrance of his house that says, “Naught be all else to me save that Thou art.” He said that sums up all that he wants in life. If it be God’s will, he wants it, whatever “it” is. I, as a mother, looked and looked and looked, but I could not find such wall art. I could find the words to “Be Thou My Vision” (the hymn where my son took the phrase), in various forms, but not that phrase alone. My husband would say that if I can’t find it on the internet it probably is not out there. Anyway, I have thought a lot about accepting God solely on His terms, especially since Ann Voskamp named her year “Jesus”. Being in love with Him is all that matters. If we are in love with Him, we’ll go with Him anywhere He leads. Anywhere is big territory and so this morning’s prayer helped take me there.
~from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett
O God Who conquers all,
There is no comfort in anything
apart from Thee
and being engaged in Thy service.
Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what to me
Thou makest them, and no more.
I am well pleased with Thy will, whatever it is,
or should be in all respects,
And if Thou bidst me decide for myself in any affair,
I would choose to refer all to thee,
for Thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss
as I am in danger of doing.
I rejoice to think that all things are at Thy disposal,
and it delights me to leave them there.
Then prayer turns wholly into praise,
and all I can do is to adore and bless Thee.
What shall I give Thee for all Thy benefits?
I am in a strait betwixt two, knowing not what to do;
I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer,
and can only rejoice that Thou doest all,
that none in heaven or on earth shares Thy honour;
I can of myself do nothing to glorify Thy blessed name,
but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul and body to Thee,
I know that Thou art the author and finisher of faith,
that the whole work of redemption is Thine alone,
that every good work or thought found in me
is the effect of Thy power and grace,
that Thy sole motive in working in me to will and to do
is for Thy good pleasure.
O God, it is amazing that men can talk so much
about man’s creaturely power and goodness,
when, if Thou didst not hold us back every moment,
we should be devils incarnate.
This, by bitter experience, Thou hast taught me concerning myself.
I think of the bolded letters in the middle of this prayer. Could this be the key to continuous praise? If I leave everything in His hands, I really have nothing for which to pray, I simply bring my concerns to Him and leave them there. The rest of the prayer is thanking Him for what He is doing and adoring Him for Who He is. Hmmm, I think I have had a paradigm shift of colossal proportions. This is my year named “light”. If this is the beginning, I must hold on to my proverbial seat. It’s going to be quite a ride.
In His light,