Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wave Upon Wave of Grace

1 Corinthians 15:10 ... But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

O God of grace, 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 ever break!

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,  teaches me Your immeasurable love.

How great are my privileges in Christ Jesus!

Without Him I stand far off, a stranger, 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 before me. 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!

Praise be to You for grace, and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus!

[A Puritan Prayer]