Prayer: God The All

From The Valley of Vision

There is no comfort in anything
   apart from enjoying thee
   and being engaged in thy service;
Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what to me
   thou makes 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
   as I am in danger of doing.
I rejoice to think that all things are at thy
   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 honor;
   I can of myself do nothing to glorify thy
      blessed name,
   but I can through grace cheerfully
   soul and body to thee,
I know that thou art the author and finisher
      of faith,
   that the whole work of redemption is thine
   that every good work or thought found in
         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
   about man's creaturely power and
   when, if thou didst not hold us back every
   we should be devil's incarnate.
This, by bitter experience, thou hast taught
concerning myself.

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