A Meditation of the Presence of God
There is nothing that
makes more to true godliness of life, than the persuasion of thy
presence, dear Father and that nothing is hid from thee, but that
all to thee is open and naked, even the very thoughts which one day
thou wilt reveal and open, either to our praise or punishment in
this life, as thou did David's faults, which he did secretly; (2
Sam. xii.;) or in the life to come (Matt. xxv.) For nothing is so
hid that it shall not be revealed; therefore the prophet says, Woe
to them that keep secret their thoughts, to hide their counsel from
the Lord, and do their works in darkness, saying, "Who sees us?"
Grant to me therefore, dear God, mercy for all my sins especially
my hidden and close sins; enter not into judgment with me, I humbly
beseech thee; give me to believe truly in thy Christ, that I may
never come into judgment for them, and that with David I might so
reveal them and confess them unto thee, that thou would cover them.
And grant further, that henceforth I may always think myself
continually conversant before thee; so that if I do well, I publish
it not as the hypocrites do; and if I do or think any evil, I may
forthwith know that the same shall not always be hid from men.
Grant me that I may always have in mind that day wherein hidden
works of darkness shall be illumined, and also the sentence of thy
Son, that nothing is so secret which shall not be revealed. So in
trouble and wrong I shall find comfort, and otherwise be kept
through thy grace from evil, which do thou work, I humbly beseech
thee, for Christ's sake. Amen.