A Puritan’s Prayer: Joy

 

Puritan O CHRIST,

All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight.
Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice.
For my joy Thou hast sent the Comforter,
    multiplied thy promises,
    shown me my future happiness,
    given me a living fountain.

Thou art preparing joy for me and me for joy;
I pray for joy, wait for joy, long for joy;
    give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of.

Measure out to me my times and degrees of joy,
    at my work, business, duties.

If I weep at night, give me joy in the morning.
Let me rest in the thought of thy love,
    pardon for sin, my title to heaven,
    my future unspotted state.

I am an unworthy recipient of Thy grace.
I often disesteem thy blood and slight thy love,
    but can in repentance draw water
    from the wells of Thy joyous forgiveness.

Let my heart leap towards the eternal sabbath,
    where the work of redemption, sanctification,
       preservation, glorification is finished
       and perfected for ever,
    where thou wilt rejoice over me with joy.

There is no joy like the joy of heaven,
    for in that state are no sad divisions,
       unchristian quarrels,
    contentions, evil designs,
    weariness, hunger, cold,
    sadness, sin, suffering,
    persecutions, toils of duty.

O healthful place where none are sick!
O happy land where all are kings!
O holy assembly where all are priests!
How free a state where none are servants
    except to thee!

Bring me speedily to the land of joy.

Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett

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