Yesterday I came across another gem in my daily readings of Valley of Vision – a collection of puritan prayers and devotions. It’s called “Calvary’s Anthem.” It’s a prayer about the cross and the wonderful grace that is found for those those who take refuge there. This is what is says:
Thou has given me a hill-side spring
that washes clear and white,
and I go as a sinner to its waters,
bathing without hindrance
in its crystal streams.
At the cross there is free forgiveness
for poor and meek ones,
and ample blessings that last for ever
What a beautiful picture! A river to bathe in that washes me clean, where I obtain free forgiveness of all my sins and blessings that will last forever. What would keep one from such a river? Who would not want to plunge immediately into it? Only those in their pride might think, “Such a river is only for sinners; for the worldly and godless who have not yet come to Christ for forgiveness.” O what a terrible mistake it would be to come to that conclusion. Remember the Pharisee and tax-collector (Luke 18). Remember who was admiring himself before God and who was beating his breast. And remember who went home justified and who didn’t.
I need this stream everyday. I need continual washing and forgiving. I need to taste of its cleansing stream.
So how do you find it? Jesus will take you to it. Go to him. Call to him. Say, “Saviour, will you lead me to this cleansing stream?” He will indeed lead you, for the river is his own blood shed on Calvary for you, as the puritan prayer says:
The blood of the Lamb is like a great river
of infinite grace
with never any diminishing of its fullness
as thirsty ones without number drink of it
Come, weary and thirsty sinner. Lower yourself into this river and drink in pure and free and everlasting grace.