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There is nothing that maketh more to true godliness of life than the persuasion of thy presence, dear Father, and that, nothing is hid from thee, but 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 didst David’s faults which he did secretly), or in the life to come; for “nothing is so hid that shall not be revealed:” therefore doth the prophet say, “Woe to them that keep secret their thoughts to hide their counsel from the Lord, and do their works in darkness, saying, Who seeth us?”
Grant to me therefore, dear God, mercy for all my sins, especially my hid and close sins: “enter not into judgment with me,” I humbly beseech thee: give me to believe truly in thy Christ, that I never come into judgment for them; that with David I might so reveal them and confess them unto thee, that thou wouldest cover them. And grant further, that henceforth I always think myself continually conversant before thee; so that, if I do well, I pass not of the publishing of it as hypocrites do; 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 hid works of darkness shall be illumined; and the sentence of thy Son, “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. Soli Deo honor et gloria: [To God alone be honor and glory.] 1554. JOHN BRADFORD A MEDITATION