- Wayne Hoag and a Puritan
Waves of Grace
As a young Christian, the grace of God does not seem to have many dimensions. Saved by grace is the knowledge that fills the life of a new believer. It is only as we walk with Christ through the ups and downs of life that we begin to see that the grace of God permeates everything. Below, is a prayer from the Puritans taken from the Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. The writer of this prayer had a great understanding about the ubiquitous nature of grace, grace that pours incessantly from the throne of God to His children.
O Lord God, teach me to know that grace precedes, accompanies, and follows my salvation, that it sustains the redeemed soul, that not one link of its chain can be broken.
From Calvary’s cross wave upon wave of grace reaches me, deals with my sin, washes me clean, renews my heart, strengthens my will, draws out my affection, kindles a flame in my soul, rules throughout my inner man, consecrates my every thought, word, work, and teaches me Your immeasurable love.
How great are my privileges in Christ Jesus! Without Him I stand far off, a stranger and an outcast; in Him I draw near and touch His kingly scepter. Without Him I dare not lift up my guilty eyes; in Him I gaze upon my Father,God, and Friend. Without Him I hide my lips in trembling shame; in Him I open my mouth in petition and praise. Without Him all is wrath and consuming fire; in Him is all love, and the repose of my soul. Without Him is gaping hell below me, and eternal anguish; in Him its gates are barred to me by His Precious blood. Without Him darkness spreads its horrors in front; in Him an eternity of glory is my boundless horizon. Without Him all within me is terror and dismay; in Him every accusation is charmed into joy and peace. Without Him all things external call for my condemnation; in Him they minister to my comfort, and are to be enjoyed with thanksgiving.
Praise be to You for grace, and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus. Amen.