Darkness

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1. Living God,
I’m your unworthy temple,
Where you shroud yourself
In darkness from my sight.

2. My mind, and heart, and soul
Dwell in your darkness,
But your closeness comforts me
Both day and night.

3. Lord, may I accept
This inner darkness,
Trusting in your presence
And your love,

4. Then I’ll gladly walk with you
In darkness,
Where we are one,
United through Christ’s blood.


References

1. I am not even worthy to come and meet you (Luke 7:7; NLT).

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

He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

2. He has made me dwell in darkness (Psalm 143:3; NKJV).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

3. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

We have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

4. If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT)

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

You have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13; NLT).

I seek you

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If you seek him, you will find him
(1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

1. Living God,
I seek you in my mind,
So I may know your presence
Every day.

2. Son of Man,
I seek you in my heart,
So we can walk together, talk,
And pray.

3. Counsellor,
I seek you in my soul,
For I can’t live without your strength
And love.

4. Lord,
May we be one for evermore,
In mind, and heart, and soul;
In flesh, and blood.


References

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

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

2. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

3. The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things (John 14:26; CSB).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; NLT).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. I pray […] that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity (John 17:20-23; NIV).

God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

You are the children of the living God (Hosea 1:10; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

We all share the same Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

There is one body (Ephesians 4:4; NLT).

In Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body (Colossians 2:9; NLT).

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

The best

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My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me
(Galatians 2:20; NLT).

1. Lord,
You are the best of me:
The only part that’s good.

2. Lord,
You are the best of me:
My flesh, and bone, and blood.

3. Lord,
You are the best of me:
My heart, and mind, and soul.

4. Lord,
You are the best of me:
The Christ, who makes me whole.


References

1. “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good” (Luke 18:19; NLT).

God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

2. This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them (John 6:56; NIV).

3. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust him (Ephesians 3:17; NLT).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

Light


There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. Light dawns in my mind:
A shimmering of tender green,
Like buds in early spring.

2. Truth grows in my heart:
A flowering of fragile rose,
Whose fragrance makes me sing.

3. Peace purls in my soul:
A rippling out of lapis blue,
Like summer sun on sea.

4. Love burns in my blood:
A cleansing, all-consuming fire,
That sets my spirit free.


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).


2. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

3. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

4. God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

He is like a refiner’s fire (Malachi 3:2; NKJV).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT.

I’m nothing

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You lived in this world without God and without hope
(Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

1. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your way.

2. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your light.

3. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your truth.

4. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your life.

5. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your flesh.

6. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your blood.

7. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your peace.

8. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your love.


References

1,3,4. I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NIV).

2. They grope in the darkness without a light (2 Samuel 23:4; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

3. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8; NIV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

5,6. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

7. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14; NKJV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

8. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

We are your body

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All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them
(1 John 4:16; NLT).

1. We are your body;
We are your bones;
We are your flesh
And your blood.

2. We are your temple;
We are your home;
We are your priests
And your love.

3. You are our Shepherd;
You are our Guide;
You are our staff
And our rod.

4. You are our Saviour;
You are our Friend;
You are our Lord
And our God.


References

1. You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27; NIV).

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

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

You are the living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests (1 Peter 2:5; NLT).

Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17, NLT).

3. I am the good shepherd (John 10:14; NLT).

He will guide us until we die (Psalm 48:14; NLT).

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT, alternative translation).

4. He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Saviour (2 Timothy 1:10; NLT).

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Bread alone

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Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands,
hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and soul
(Joshua 22:5; NLT).

1. We cannot live by bread alone,
Despite what many think,
But only by the sacred word
Of God.

2. We cannot pray to him
Unless we try to speak the truth,
For he wants us to take the path
Christ trod.

3. We cannot follow his dear Son
Through willpower alone,
For we can only serve him
Out of love.

4. We cannot take a single thing
When we must leave this life,
But trust, alone,
His body and his blood.


References

1. People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; NLT).

2. Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

3. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate (Romans 7:15; NLT).

4. We brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it (1 Timothy 6:7; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them (John 6:56; NIV).

Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life (John 6:40; NIV).

At the heart of our faith

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People look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart
(1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

1. At the heart of our faith, Lord:
Your way to the cross.

2. At the heart of our sorrow:
Your truth, and its cost.

3. At the heart of our worship:
Your body and blood.

4. At the heart of our mourning:
Your death, and your love.

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5. At the heart of our hope, Lord:
Your rising again.

6. At the heart of our gladness:
Your kingdom, and reign.

7. At the heart of our purpose:
Your gospel and grace.

8. At the heart of our yearning:
Your kiss, and embrace.

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References

1. He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8; NLT).

2. Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, “I find nothing wrong with this man!” Then they became insistent. “But he is causing riots by his teaching wherever he goes” (Luke 23:4-5; NLT).

3. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20; NIV).

4. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

5. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world (Revelation 1:5; NLT).

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

7. My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God (Acts 20:24; NLT).

We are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus (Acts 15:11; NLT).

8. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

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Within your hands

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

1. May I live
Within your hands,
Rejoicing, Lord,
In your commands.

2. May I live
Within your mind,
Praising you,
For you are kind.

3. May I live
Within your heart,
Delighting, Lord,
To play my part.

4. May I live
Within your soul,
Trusting you
To make me whole.

References

1. Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).

I find joy in your commands (Psalm 119:143; NLT).

2. Praise the Lord, O my soul! Do not forget all his kind deeds! (Psalm 103:2; NET).

3. Your instructions are my delight (Psalm 119:77; NLT).

When you obey me, you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

4. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).


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Incarnation

1. Thank you
For your incarnation –
Body, blood,
And birth.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For your atonement,
Through your death
On earth.

3. Thank you
For your resurrection –
First-born
Of the dead.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For your salvation,
Living wine,
And bread.

References

1. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

2. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

3. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:33; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

Grace to you […] from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead (Revelation 1:4-5; RSV).

4. He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).


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