O God, My Exceeding Joy,
Singing Your praises uplifts my heart, For You are a fountain of delight, and You bless the soul that joys in You.
But because of my heart’s rebellion I cannot always praise You as I ought;
Yet I will at all times rest myself in Your excellences, goodness, and loving-kindness.
You are in Jesus the object of inexpressible joy, and I take exceeding pleasure in the thought of You.
But Lord, I am sometimes Your enemy; my nature revolts and wanders from You.
Help me to extol You with entire heart-submission, to be diligent in self-examination, to ask myself whether I am truly born again, whether my spirit is the spirit of Your children, whether my griefs are those that tear repenting heart, whether my joys are the joys of faith, whether my confidence in Christ works by love and purifies the soul.
Give me the sweet results of faith, in my secret character, and in my public life.
Cast cords of love around my heart, then hold me and never let me go.
May the Savior’s wounds sway me more than the scepter of princes.
Let me love You in a love that covers and swallows up all, that I may not violate my chaste union with the beloved;
There is much unconquered territory in my nature, scourge out the buyers and sellers of my soul’s temple, and give me in return pure desires, and longings after perfect holiness.
Book: The Valley of Vision Puritan Prayers and Devotions
Edited by Arthur Bennett
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh