sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." 1
We confess, O Lord that not many of the wise, the strong, and the noble are called to eternal life. The
outward call of the gospel is to all, but your secret call in the hearts of Your elect is according to your counsel
from the foundation of the earth.
You have chosen the foolish to confound the wise; the weak to confound the mighty, and the things that are
weak and vile and despised to bring to nothing the things that are noble in the sight of men. Hence, no flesh
can glory in Your presence, because we are favored by Your choice and not by ours.
All of our blessings come from You, O God. They are of You, or from You, or because of Your doing. Chief
among these blessings from You is our union with Christ. You appointed Him the Mediator, O Precious
Father, and deposited all Your gifts in Him so that He could give them to those whom You had given to Him,
as He Himself prayed [John 17:2].
We have no wisdom, but You have enriched us with that wisdom stored up in Jesus Christ and we are
therefore, though fools, made wiser than our teachers.
We have no righteousness, but You have clothed us with the righteousness of Christ and we are, therefore,
though our own rags are filthy, possessed of a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes the Pharisees.
We have no holiness, but those You love You chasten that we may be like Christ and partake of His holiness.
You have called us from the filthiness of the world and purified our hearts by faith. You disciple us to put off
the old man and his filthy deeds and put on the new man of true holiness. Therefore, though of the world and
its corruption, we are predestined by You, O Father, to be conformed to the image of Christ. By Your
grace alone, we have purified our hearts by faith, being born of an incorruptible seed.
We are poor indeed, O Precious Father, and have not the price of our redemption. But the Son of man
came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. [Mr 10:45].
Therefore, though we are helpless in the face of our abject poverty, we have Your promise that "the
ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they
shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Hence, O precious Heavenly Father, we have nothing to glory in or boast.