The Valley of Vision & the Paradox of the Gospel

This Sunday I will be teaching from Psalm 77 on the subject of grief. In preparation, I have found this adapted Puritan prayer, The Valley of Vision, helpful.


Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, you have brought us to the valley of vision, where we live in the depths but see you in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin we behold thy glory.

Let us 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 deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter the stars shine;
Let us find your light in our darkness, your life in our death,
your joy in our sorrow, your grace in our sin,
your riches in our poverty, and your glory in our valley.

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