Context: Yesterday I stirred at 6am, and all I wanted was to go back to sleep. My bed was blissfully warm and comfortable, but today’s prayer began to nag insistently in my mind until I forced myself to wake fully and discover what it wanted to say. To my great surprise, it turned out to be this wide-awake, effervescent song of praise:
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
(John 20:28; NLT).
1. My Lord, my God; my flesh, my blood:
You fill my body with your love.
2. My Lord, my God; my bread, my wine:
You make my sinful mind your shrine.
3. My Lord, my God, my strength, my prayer:
You teach my hard, cold heart to care.
4. My Lord, my God, my sword, my shield:
You touch my soul, and I am healed.
5. My Lord, my God, my everything:
You make my spirit dance and sing!
People in Zion will dance as they sing,
“Everything I am has its source in you.”
(Psalm 87:7; TIB).
1. If you don’t eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Chosen One, you won’t have life in you. Those who do eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Everyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in them (John 6:53-6; TIB).
We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).
2. As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body” (Matthew 26:26; NLT).
He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).
We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).
3. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).
4. He is your protecting shield and your triumphant sword! (Psalm 28:7; NLT).
He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).
5. I pray to you, O LORD. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life (Psalm 142:5; NLT).
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9; NLT).
The LORD is my strength and my song (Exodus 15:2; NLT).
Let them praise God’s Name with festive dance; let them sing praise (Psalm 149:3; TIB).