The Valley of Vision

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  • Besides my Bible and my journal, there is one book that I keep in my bag all the time. It’s a book of Puritan prayers and devotions entitled, The Valley of Vision. In fact, it is my custom to read from it daily – at least one or two prayers. Reading from this devotional reminds me of the greatness of God. It also reminds me of how much I need to grow and beckons me to draw closer to the Lord. I recommend that you pick up a copy of Valley. You can find it through The Banner of Truth Trust. Here is the first and my favorite of the prayers in this little treasure chest. It’s called, “The Valley of Vision.”

    Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

    Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
        where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
        hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

    Let me learn by paradox
        that the way down is the way up,
        that to be low is to be high,
        that the broken heart is the healed heart,
        that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
        that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
        that to have nothing is to possess all,
        that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
        that to give is to receive,
        that the valley is the place of vision.

    Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from the deepest wells,
        and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
    Let me find thy light in my darkness,
        thy life in my death,
        thy joy in my sorrow,
        thy grace in my sin,
        thy riches in my poverty,
        thy glory in my valley.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.