Well, finals are here. It’s hard to believe! After this week I will be halfway done with seminary…time has gone by so quickly. I completed my Hebrew Exegesis final this morning, and I have Theology I and Theology of Music tomorrow.
But as I ramp up for my next final I wanted to post something from “The Valley of Vision.” For me, it’s hard to keep my eyes focused on Christ when I’m cramming for tests – I am tired, and it all just feels like a lot of information in my head without any change in my heart. But I bring to mind what the Lord has done this past semester, in bringing me closer to Him, and I praise Him – He is truly worthy.
But finals are not my end, rather they are a means.
LORD OF ALL BEING,
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 having
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,
could make their immortal souls happy;
But, alas, what false delusive dreams are these!
And how miserable ere long will those be that
sleep in 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
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,
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.