Friday, March 4, 2011

Calvary's Anthem

"Heavenly Father, thou has led me singing to the cross, where I fling down all my burdens and see them vanish, when my mountains of guilt are levelled to a plain; where my sins disappear, though they are the greatest that exist; and are more in number than the grains of fine sand;

For there is power in the blood of Calvary to destroy sins more than can be counted even by one from the choir of heaven. Thou hast given me a hill-side spring that washes clear and white, and I go as a sinner to its waters, bathing without hinderance in its crystal streams.

At the cross there is free forgivenmess for poor and meek ones, and ample blessings that last for ever; the blood of the Lamb is like a great river of infinite grace with never any diminishing of its fullness as thirsty ones without number drink of it.

O Lord, forever will thy free forgiveness live that was gained on the mount of blood; in the midst of a world of sin it is a subject for priase in every place; a song on earth, an anthem in heaven, its love and virtue knowing no end.

I have a longing for the world above where multitudes sing the great song, for my soul was never created to love the dust of earth. Though here my spiritual state is frail and poor, I shall go on singing Calvary's anthem.

May I always know that a clean heart full of goodness is more beautiful than the lily, that only a clean heart can sing by night and by day, that such a heart is mine when I abide at Calvary."

from The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

I love this prayer and this book that a friend gave to me in seminary. I think this one is my favorite, though it's hard to choose (I'll post some of my other faves in future posts).

May your heart sing Calvary's anthem today and everyday! Blessed be our God who washes our sins away!

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