Love Shines at Calvary
We used this prayer on Sunday and I wanted to make it available. It was adapted/modernized by me (Matt Troupe) from Valley of Vision book of Puritan prayers.
We also sang a song based on this prayer and you can listen to it here.
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections and open my lips,
Give me words that proclaim: “your love shines at Calvary.”
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on your son Jesus,
He was made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of your justice struck the man, your friend.
There your infinite attributes were magnified,
And infinite atonement was made;
Infinite punishment was due, and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
He was cast off that I might be brought in,
Trampled down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend.
Surrendered to Hell’s worst, that I might attain heaven’s best,
He was stripped that I might be clothed,
Wounded that I might be healed,
Thirsty that I might drink,
He was tormented that I might be comforted,
Endured shame that I might inherit glory,
He walked through darkness that I might have eternal light.
My savior wept that every tears would be wiped from my eyes,
Groaned that I might have sing forever,
Endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
He wore a crown of thorns that I might have a crown of glory,
His head was bowed down, in order to lift mine up.
He was an outcast that I might be welcomed in,
He closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
He died that I might live forever.
O Father, you did not spare your own son that you might spare me.
This transaction was designed and accomplished by your love.
Help me to worship and adore you with my words and ways.
Let my every breath be joyful worship,
My every step to be full of delight as I see my enemies crushed,
Satan baffled defeated and destroyed,
Sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
Hell’s gates closed and heaven’s doors open.
O conquering God, please come and open my eyes to the cross,
Mighty to subdue, comfort, and save my soul."