As we end the year 2011 today, this devotional seems fitting. It is titled “Peril” and is taken from the book The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, edited by A.Bennett and published by The Banner of Truth, 1975 (p.101). In the YouTube video version above it is powerfully read by Max McLean. But I have also posted the words below for your continued reflection today. May God use it to enable us truly to throw ourselves “absolutely and wholly” on our “heavenly Pilot”.
As an additional note, if you are still looking for good devotional to use for 2012, this would make a fine one. It is not a daily one (there are over 200 devotionals in it), but it will certainly help you in your prayer life.
Sovereign Commander of the Universe,
I am sadly harassed by doubts, fears, unbelief,
in a felt spiritual darkness.
My heart is full of evil surmisings and disquietude,
and I cannot act faith at all.
My heavenly Pilot has disappeared,
and I have lost my hold on the Rock of Ages;
I sink in deep mire beneath storms and waves,
in horror and distress unutterable.
Help me, O Lord,
to throw myself absolutely and wholly on thee,
for better, for worse, without comfort,
and all but hopeless.
Give me peace of soul, confidence, enlargement of mind,
morning joy that comes after night heaviness;
Water my soul with divine blessings;
Grant that I may welcome that humbling in private
so that I might enjoy thee in public;
Give me a mountain top as high as the valley is low.
Thy grace can melt the worst sinner, and I am as vile as he;
Yet thou hast made me a monument of mercy,
a trophy of redeeming power;
In my distress let me not forget this.
Thy never-failing providence orders every event,
sweetens every fear,
reveals evil’s presence lurking in seeming good,
brings real good out of seeming evil,
makes unsatisfactory what I set my heart upon,
to show me what a short-sighted creature I am,
and to teach me to live by faith upon
thy blessed self.
Out of sorrow and night
give me the name Naphtali –
‘satisfied with favour’ –
help me to love thee as thy child,
and to walk worthy of my heavenly pedigree.