God the Source of All Good

O Lord God, who inhabits eternity,
The heavens declare Your glory,
The earth Your riches,
The universe is Your temple;
Your presence fills immensity,
Yet You have of Your pleasure created life,
and communicated happiness;

You have made us what we are, and given us what we have;
In You we live and move and have our being;

Your providence has set the bounds of our habitation,
and wisely administers all our affairs.

We thank You for Your riches to us in Jesus,
for the unclouded revelation of him in Your Word,
where we behold his Person, character, grace, glory, humiliation, sufferings, death, and resurrection;

Help us to feel a need of his continual saviorhood,
and cry with Job, ‘I am vile’,
with Peter, ‘I perish’,
with the tax collector, ‘Be merciful to me, a sinner’.

Subdue in us the love of sin,
Let us know the need of renovation as well as of forgiveness,
in order to serve and enjoy You forever.

We come to You in the all-prevailing name of Jesus,
with nothing of our own to plead,
no works, no worthiness, no promises.

We are often straying,
often knowingly opposing Your authority,
often abusing Your goodness;

Much of our guilt arises from our religious privileges,
our low estimation of them,
our failure to use them to our advantage,

But we are not careless of Your favor or regardless of Your glory;
Impress us deeply with a sense of Your omnipresence,
that You are about our path, our ways, our lying down, our end.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

adapted from “God the Source of All Good” (The Valley of Vision)
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