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In the valley

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
you have brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see you in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold your glory.

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, from the deepest wells your heavens blaze like the brightest star,
and the deeper the wells the brighter the light;

Let me find your light in my darkness,
your life in my death,
your joy in my sorrow,
your grace in my sin,
your riches in my poverty,
your glory in my valley.

Whistler-Blackcomb by Jordan Manley

Taken from the ‘Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions’ (edited slightly to update the language).
These powerful ancient words have recently been wonderfully put to music by Sovereign Grace who have kindly provided free sheet music

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