God is good

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Only God is truly good (Luke 18:19; NLT).

1. God is good —
There’s nothing more to say.
He longs for us,
And wants to help each day.

2. God is great —
There’s nothing else to add.
He cares for us,
When we are sick, or sad.

3. God is perfect —
Who will dare deny?
He watches us
And understands each sigh.

4. God is faithful —
None can disagree.
He loves us all, and waits
For you and me.

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References

1. The Lord is good (Psalm 34:8; NLT).

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1; NLT).

I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

2. God is great (Psalm 70:4; NLT).

Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble (Psalm 138:6; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

3. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth (Psalm 11:4; NLT).

This High Priests of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings as we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

4. God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Change

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The Lord – who is the Spirit –
makes us more and more like him
as we are changed into his glorious image
(2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

1. Lord,
You know how worn I am:
Give me your mind,
So I can pray.

2. Lord,
You know how blind I am:
Give me your eyes,
To see the way.

3. Lord,
You know how weak I am:
Give me your strength,
So I may care.

4. Lord,
You know how cold I am:
Give me your heart,
To love, and share.

5. Lord,
You know how spent I am:
Give me your soul,
So I can feel.

6. Lord,
You know how sick I am:
Give me your hands,
So I may heal.


References

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

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

2. When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven (John 17:1; RSV).

3. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless (Isaiah 40:29; NLT).

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

4. I will give you a new heart…

5. …and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand (Isaiah 49:4; NLT).

6. Heal the sick, and tell them, “The Kingdom of God is near you now” (Luke 10:9; NLT).

You give us a lifetime

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I will be your God throughout your lifetime
(Isaiah 46:4; NLT).

1. You give us a lifetime
To practice your presence;
A lifetime to ask
Your forgiveness, Lord, too.

2. You give us a lifetime
To care about others;
A lifetime to grow,
And become more like you.

3. You give us a lifetime
To bear our cross gladly;
A lifetime to follow
Your steep, narrow way.

4. You give us a lifetime
To thank you for all, Lord;
A lifetime to love you,
Cling tight, hope, and pray.


References

1. He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

2. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

3. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult (Matthew 7:14; NLT).

4. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

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

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence (Jeremiah 17:7; NLT).

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NKJV).

Made of dread

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I’m just a worm, less than human
(Psalm 22:6; CEB).

1. I’m made of dread,
Instead of dust,

2. And cling to you in doubt,
Not trust.

3. I plead through pain,
Instead of prayer,

4. And serve you out of pride,
Not care.

5. I offer sin,
Instead of good,

6. And wait for you with fear,
Not love.

7. I seek the dark,
Instead of light –

8. Lord, may I walk by faith,
Not sight.

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We walk by faith, not by sight
(2 Corinthians 5:7; NIV).

Growth (dedicated to A.K.)

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Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
(Job 2:10; NIV).

1. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send joy, and pain.
Then I will grow, in exile here,
Until we meet in heaven, again.

2. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, bring good from ill.
Then I will grow through suffering,
And never fail to love you, still.

3. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send hurt, and loss.
Then I will grow in care for all,
And comfort those who bear their cross.

4. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send every test.
Then I will grow in humble faith,
And gain, at last, eternal rest.

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References

1. Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

2. We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

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).

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT). 

May I walk

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
(Genesis 1:1; NLT).

Father,

1. May I walk with care,
For all the earth is sacred.

2. May I walk with tears of joy,
For I am heaven-bound.

3. May I walk with deep respect,
For you, Lord, live in all you make.

4. May I walk with humble love,
For I’m on holy ground.

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References

1. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

The whole earth is filled with his glory! (Isaiah 6:3; NLT).

2. Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care (Jeremiah 31:9; NLT).

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

3. I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

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

4. Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

“Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground” (Exodus 3:5; NLT).

Trust

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I trust in you, my God
(Psalm 25:2; NLT).

1. I lift my hands to you in secret,
Trusting you will hear my prayers.

2. I lift my mind to you in stillness,
Trusting you will ease my cares.

3. I lift my heart to you in silence,
Trusting you will pardon me.

4. I lift my soul to you in darkness,
Trusting you will set me free.

Pray continually
(1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

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References

1. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary (Psalm 134:2; NIV).

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen (Matthew 6:6; NIV).

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

2. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

3. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

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

4. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1; NKJV).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see [and] that the oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

Consequences

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He reveals deep and mysterious things
and knows what lies hidden in darkness

(Daniel 2:22; NLT).

Lord,

1. You know I’ve been abused.
I’m traumatised, and scarred.
I’ve had to live with shame, dread
And depression. It’s been hard.

2. My physical and mental health
Have failed, time and again.
I’m sure my mother never guessed
Her rage would cause such pain.

3. Since then, I’ve tried to be
A Good Samaritan each day,
But now I see that I, too, was attacked
Along the way –

4. Stripped and beaten, left half dead,
Despised, passed by, ignored,
Then you drew near to care for me,
My Priest, my God, my Lord.

5. At last, I’ve grasped your promise,
And your plan has been revealed:
My suffering will end one day –
In death, I will be healed.

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References

1. God has seen your abuse (Genesis 31:42; NLT).

2. The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself (James 3:6; NLT).

No one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8; NLT).

The tongue can bring life or death (Proverbs 18:21; NLT).

They live wicked lives and they misuse their power (Jeremiah 23:10; NET).

You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences (Isaiah 47:7; NLT).

3. A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers (Luke 10:30; NIV).

4. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road (Luke 10:30; NLT).

By chance, a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side (Luke 10:31-2; NLT).

I am insignificant and despised (Psalm 119:141; NLT).

I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit about what happens to me (Psalm 142:4; NLT).

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine, and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, “Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here” (Luke 10:33-35; NLT).

I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you (Hosea 14:8; NLT).

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess (Hebrews 4:15; NIV).

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

5. My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled (Psalm 119:123; NLT).

We receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:22; NLT).

This is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever ( Revelation 21:3-4; NLT).

Reflections

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Lord,

1. In my mind, there is a forest pool
Where I can glimpse your peace.
It stirs, deep, and mysterious,
While mirroring the trees.

2. In my heart, there is a shady pool
Where I can glimpse your love:
Unfailing, pure, immeasurable;
As rich, and dark, as blood.

3. In my soul, there is a hidden pool
Where I can glimpse your face.
It shines with mercy, care, compassion,
Glory, truth, and grace.

4. May my eyes become like quiet pools
Where all can glimpse your light,
And see themselves reflected there
As precious in your sight.

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References

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

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

An angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water (John 5:4; NKJV).

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

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us […] raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us (Ephesians 2:4,6-7; ESV).  

3. They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

The Lord our God has shown us his glory (Deuteronomy 5:24; NLT).

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

The grace of God has been revealed (Titus 2:11; NLT).

4. Your eyes are like the sparkling pools in Heshbon (Song of Songs 7:4; NLT).

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

You are precious and honoured in my sight (Isaiah 43:4; NIV).

Rest and remain

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1. Help me, Lord, to rest in you today:
To look for you
In all who come my way;
To be like you
In all I think and feel,
So I can help this broken world
To heal.

2. Help me to remain in you today:
To care, like you,
For all who come my way;
To be like you
In all I say and do,
So I can offer love to all,
Like you.

 


References

1. My soul finds rest in God (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-9; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

We live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45; NLT).

2. Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).