O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
I will refer to one of God’s great souls of the past and his book, The Cloud of Unknowing. We do not know the name of the devoted saint who more than 600 years ago wrote in his pre-Elizabethan English for the purpose, as he declares it, “that God’s children might go on to be ‘oned’ with God.”
At the beginning of his book, he breathed a brief prayer of longing and devotion, and I come back to it often for the good of my own spirit.
He said, “Oh God, under whom all hearts be open, and unto whom all will speaketh, and unto whom no privy thing is hid, I beseech Thee, so for to cleanse the intent of my heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee!” …
I can discern no trace of theological fault or error in this prayer of devotion and desire breathed long ago by this saint of God.
“Oh God, fix my heart so I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee!” Nothing extreme and fanatical there. The true child of God will say “Amen” to this desire within the being to perfectly love God and worthily praise Him. ITB033-034
Father, may I love You and praise You with the same devotion; may I be one with You. Amen.