Sunday, February 20, 2011

Man's Greatest Need

Due to changes in certain circumstances
the Sunday Study will be under-going
certain remodeling and changes.

Please continue to enjoy the other posts and pages
of this blog. Gospel-driven Disciples will remain
open during this time of remodeling!

Please enjoy this selection from the Valley of Vision
this is one of my favorite prayers in this collection!


There is one thing that deserves my greatest care, that calls forth my ardent desires, that is, that I may answer the great end for which I am made ­–

to glorify thee who hast given me being,
and to do all the good I can for my fellow men;

Verily life is not worth living if it be not improved for this noble purpose. Yet, Lord, how little is this the thought of mankind! Most men seem to live for themselves,

without much or any regard for thy glory,
or for the good of others;

They earnestly desire and eagerly pursue the riches, honours, pleasures of this life,

as if they supposed that wealth, greatness, merriment,
could make their immortal souls happy;

But, alas, what false delusive dreams are these! And how miserable ere long will those be that sleep with them,

for all our happiness consists in loving thee,
and being holy as thou art holy.

O may I never fall into the tempers and vanities, the sensuality and folly of the present world!

It is a place of inexpressible sorrow, a vast empty nothingness; time is a moment, a vapour,

and all its enjoyments are empty bubbles, fleeting blasts of wind,
from which nothing satisfactory can be derived;

Give me grace always to keep in covenant with thee, and to reject as delusion a great name here or hereafter, together with all sinful pleasures or profits. Help me to know continually that there can be no true happiness, no fulfilling of thy purpose for me, apart from a life lived in and for the Son of thy love.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Most inspirational Gregg.

Enjoy your Sunday.


Brian Ray Todd said...

With the help of the Spirit, to to glorify thee who hast given me being, and to do all the good I can for my fellow men ... to do this by properly communicating that the thorns (Luke 8:14) are not the path to happiness, but the road to destruction (Matt. 7:13-14). I pray that the Lord gives us the words that allows us, His children, to speack His truth and light into the hearts of those which He has prepare to hear and see, to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, at the foot of the cross, and find true joy for this prilgrimage that He has purposefully gifted each and everyone of us on today. Blessings and grace.


To glorify thee who hast given me being, and to do all the good I can for my fellow men;

Amen! The writer of this prayer nailed it! But how could something that sounds so easy to do often be so difficult? I suppose it's because my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak...not an excuse...just a fact. Praise God that 1 John 1:9 is still in the Bible :-)

Take care Gregg and have a blessed SONday


Kansas Bob said...

"to glorify thee who hast given me being,
and to do all the good I can for my fellow men"

This geezer and the Geezer agree on this one Gregg.

Sharon Kirby said...

This was beautiful, Gregg. I really liked the quaint language of it. And the sentiments were so perfect. Is there any higher aim than to glorify Him who made us? Life is not worth living apart from Him.