There is not a better prayer that beautifully speaks of the mysterious, sweet exchange that takes place when we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Love Lustres at Calvary
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips,
Supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on your Son,
Made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of Your justice smote the man, Your fellow;
There Your infinite attributes were magnified,
And infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
And infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
Cast off that I might be brought in,
Trodden down as an enemy
That I might be welcomed as a friend,
Surrendered to hell’s worst
That I might attain heaven’s best,
Stripped that I might be clothed
Wounded that I might be healed,
Athirst that I might drink,
Tormented that I might be comforted,
Made a shame that I might inherit glory.
Entered darkness that I might have eternal light,
My Savior wept so that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
Groaned that I might have endless song,
Endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
Bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
Bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
Experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
Closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
Expired that I might forever live.
O Father, who spared not Your only Son that You might spare me,
All this transfer Your love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore You by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
My every step buoyant with delight, as I see…
My enemies crushed,
Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
Sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
Hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O Conquering God, and show me the cross,
Mighty to subdue, comfort, and save.
Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Banner of Truth Trust, Carlisle, PA, 1975, pp.42-43.