Musical Encouragement #3 - "In the Valley"
The Puritans were no strangers to difficult times. As they forged a new way of life in America they faced disease, starvation, attacks, and persecution. One of their great fruits is a collection of Puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision. Many great songs have been based on these prayers, and one in particular is based on the introductory prayer of that book. This prayer speaks of the paradox of being a follower of Christ and how it's often through the valley of trial that we are led to the heights of blessing.
In the Valley
by Bob Kauflin, based on the Valley of Vision prayer "The Valley of Vision"
When you lead me to the valley of vision, I can see you in the heights.
And though my humbling wouldn't be my decision,
It's here Your glory shines so bright.
So let me learn that the cross precedes the crown, to be low is to be high,
That the valley's where You make me more like Christ.
Let me find Your grace in the valley.
Let me find Your life in my death.
Let me find Your joy in my sorrow,
Your wealth in my need,
That You're near with every breath
In the valley.
In the daytime there are stars in the heavens, but they only shine at night.
And the deeper that I go into darkness,
The more I see their radiant light.
So let me learn that my losses are my gain, to be broken is to heal,
That the valley's where Your power is revealed.