Strength and weakness

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

1. Lord, make me strong,
So I can serve your kingdom,
Although I’m very weak
In earthly terms;

2. For with your help, Lord,
I can meet each trial,
And through your strength alone
Face my concerns.

References

1. Strengthen me according to your word (Psalm 119:28; NKJV).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

2. With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

In truth

Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down.
For the Lord will be your everlasting light.
(Isaiah 60:20; NLT).

1. In truth, the sun, Lord, never sets,
The moon, Lord, does not rise –

2. They shine to praise you, even
When they’re hidden from our eyes.

3. In truth, your love, Lord, never ends,
Your care does not begin –

4. You always pour them on us,
Though they’re hidden by our sin.

5. In truth, your peace, Lord, never fails,
Your grace does not fall through –

6. For you, Lord, dwell within us all,
And we, Lord, dwell in you.

References

1. God made two great lights – the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth (Genesis 1:14-15; NLT).

2. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge (Psalm 19:1-2; NIV).

3. The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

4. The Lord gives sight to the blind (Psalm 146:8; NIV).

5. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).
We praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us (Ephesians 1:6; NLT).
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5; NLT).

6. We live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

I cannot understand

You cannot understand the activity of God,
who does all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NLT).

1. I know, Lord God,
That you love other people,
But I cannot understand
Why you love me.

2. I recognise, Lord God,
That you forgive them,
But I cannot fathom
Why you pardon me.

3. I grasp, Lord God,
That you cure their diseases,
But I cannot comprehend
Why you heal me.

4. I trust, Lord God,
That you grant them redemption,
But I cannot puzzle out
Why you save me.

References

1. He […] crowns me with love (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

2. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. [He] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

4. He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

We praise your name

1. Father,
May we praise your name –
To love you
Is our highest aim.

2. Jesus,
May we bear our cross –
Ready to accept
Each loss.

3. Spirit,
May we welcome you –
By serving God
In all we do.

4. Mary,
May we know your Son –
Of woman born,
God’s Holy One.

References

1. The Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name (Luke 1:49; NIV).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

2. Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

3. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

4. When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

Deep within our darkness

1. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your kingdom.

2. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your grace.

3. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your temple.

4. Deep within our darkness –
Your embrace.

References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

2. You live under the freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14; NLT).

3. You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

4. His right arm embraces me (Song of Songs 2:6; NLT).

Everything happens for a reason

1. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
Although I cannot guess
What it might be.

2. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
So I’m content:
You know what’s best for me.

3. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
And I trust that from bad
Good things can come.

4. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
So I can say, with Christ:
Your will be done.

References

1. How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

2. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

3. We know that in all things God works for good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

4. Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

Life

1. Life means enjoying
Good things –

2. Perhaps even taking them
For granted,

3. Then having to let go
Of what we did not want to lose.

4. It means struggling
To accept our losses,

5. And slowly learning
To be contented with our lot.

References

3. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

4. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

5. Be content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5; NET).