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On Providence


Guest post – This is a poem written by Dana (1.4.16) on a doctrine which has become very meaningful and precious to him (and through him, to me as well). He qualified his poem with the following in his title: some thoughts collected in a clumsy poem. I have unashamedly taken that out of his title because I do not think this poem clumsy at all, and since it is my blog…

Previously, Dana wrote an alliteration on Providence. I offer it first as an introduction, his poem following.

Providence – God, personally present in power, performing his predetermined plan for the perfection of his people and the praise of his glory.

On Providence

Preservation through pain
…..makes providence plain
In working through weakness
…..does providence reign
Providence grants perspective
…..to measure loss as gain
By providence’s grace
…..toward the finish I strain

These facts are all true
…..they guide my mind
But my heart cries a wonder
…..of a still deeper kind
That Christ’s infinite glory
…..and my desperate need
Met together at Calvary
…..where my sin made Him bleed

The Father who chose me
…..from before the foundation
Set all things in motion
…..by His unchanged declaration
Through the blood of Jesus
…..His Firstborn relation
God wiped out my sin
…..and transformed my station

His son now by covenant
…..by call and by blood
His will is now toward me
…..to work nothing but good
And on that great Day
…..His coming again
I’ll join all the redeemed
…..in the eternal refrain

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O Lord,

Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed
in thy presence,
in thy service,
to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit to
supply every thought,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give desire to
show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven
with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.

Give me
thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe, thy triumphs my joy.

Arthur Bennett, ed., “Year’s End,” in The Valley of Vision:
A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
(Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1983), 112.







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