Don’t give up


I might as well give up and die (Psalm 28:1; NLT).

Since God in his mercy has given us this new way,
we never give up (2 Corinthians 4:1; NLT). 

1. Don’t give up,
And don’t give in:
Weep and pray with me.

2. Don’t give up,
And don’t give in:
I will hear your plea.

3. Don’t give up,
And don’t give in:
Weep, then weep no more.

4. Don’t give up,
And don’t give in:
I have good in store.

5. Don’t give up,
And don’t give in:
Try again with me.

6. Don’t give up,
And don’t give in:
I will set you free.

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


References 

1. While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence (Hebrews 5:7; NLT).

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

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19; NIV). 

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

3. “Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 31:16; NLT). 

4. “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). 

We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28; GNT).

5. Come on, all of you, try again! (Job 17:10; NLT). 

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33; NIV).

Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me (Psalm 23:4; NKJV).

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

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

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

The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT). 

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10; NLT).

To you alone

Be sure that your faith is in God alone.
(James 1:6; NLT).

1. To you, alone, my Father,
Will I bow;

2. With you, alone, my Saviour,
Will I kneel;

3. In you, alone, my Helper, 
Will I pray –

4. For you, alone, will hear
My mute appeal.

5. So you, alone, my Father,
Will I serve;

6. In you, alone, my Saviour,
Will I trust;

7. To you, alone, my Helper,
Will I cry –

8. For you, alone, are life,
Though I am dust.

🖤

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


References

1. Bow down to him alone (2 Kings 17:36; NLT).

2. Every knee will bend to me (Romans 14:11; NLT).

3. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever (John 14:16; AMP). 

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

4. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will (Romans 8:26-7; NLT). 

5. Serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5; NLT). 

7. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice (Psalm 55:17; NLT).

8. O Lord, I give my life to you (Psalm 25:1; NLT). 

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

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14-16; NLT).

 


 

You hear me

1. Father God,
You hear me,
And never leave my side.

Each word, each sigh,
Each prayer, each cry:
You know; you grasp; you care.

2. Father God,
You see me,
And never leave my side.

Each hurt, each tear,
Each pain, each fear:
You know; you grasp; you share.

3. Father God,
You love me,
And never leave my side.

Each doubt, each loss,
Each sin, each cross:
You know; you grasp; you bear.

🖤


References

1. He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

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 me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

You hear my every sigh (Psalm 38:9; NLT).

You know all about me (Psalm 139:1; CEV).

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

 2. You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT). 

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

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble, or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-8; NLT).

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19; NIV).


It’s not lonely

As my life was fading away, I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you, in your holy temple.
(Jonah 2:7; CSB). 

We all fade like a leaf (Isaiah 64:6: ESV).

1. Father,
It’s not lonely as we fade:
Even when no one comes,
You hear our cry.

2. Father,
It’s not lonely as we ebb:
Even if no one cares,
You share each sigh.

3. Father,
It’s not lonely as we yield:
Even though no one helps,
You soothe our fear.

4. Father,
You receive our final breath:
Dancing beside you,
Paradise starts here.

🖤

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you,
today you will be with me in paradise.”
(Luke 23:43; NIV).

 


References

1. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

The Lord hears the cries of the needy (Psalm 69:33; NLT). 

2. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT). 

You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh (Psalm 38:9; NLT). 

3. I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV). 

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

4. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NIV).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

 


 

I’m sorry

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My life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my guilt, and my body has wasted away (Psalm 31:10; NASB20).

1. I’m sorry that I’m nothing, Lord.
I’m sorry I’m so weak.

2. I’m sorry I can’t serve you, Lord,
And sorry I’m so bleak.

3. I’m sorry I’ve got nothing, Lord,
To show for all my years.

4. I’m sorry that I’ve wasted all my life
On sin, and tears.

5. I can only cling to you, Lord,
As I face each test.

6. I can only try to pray, Lord,
And to do my best.

7. I can only cry to you, Lord:
Father, lift me up!

8. I can only trust in you,
And drink each bitter cup.


References

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

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

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

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

3. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth (Matthew 25:25; NLT).

Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand, like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid. I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery (Job 7:1-3; NASB20).

4. I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5; NLT).

You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful (Psalm 80:5; NLT).

I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony (Lamentations 2:11; NLT).

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

5. I cling to you (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

You examine us every morning and test us every moment (Job 7:18; NLT).

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

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).

7. O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry for your help! (Psalm 141:1; NLT).

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

8. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

He has […] given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink (Lamentations 3:15; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Hold me fast

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🖤

Your right hand will hold me fast
(Psalm 139:10; NIV).

1. Hold me fast
When I forget you.

2. Hold me, Father,
When I stray.

3. Hold me close
When I am weary.

4. Hold me
When I cannot pray.

5. Hold me safe
When I’m in danger.

6. Hold me, Father,
When I cry.

7. Hold me tight
When I’m in pain,

8. And hold me, Lord,
When I must die.

🖤


References

1. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:9-10; BSB).

2. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands (Psalm 119:176; NIV).

3. The Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:10; NLT).

4. 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).

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

5. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

6. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you (Psalm 102:1; ESV).

7. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

I am suffering and in pain (Psalm 69:29; NLT).

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

8. All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death (Psalm 68:20; NLT).

Hold me fast

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❤️

Your right hand will hold me fast
(Psalm 139:10; NIV).

1. Hold me fast, Lord,
When I stumble.

2. Hold me
When I go astray.

3. Hold me close
When I’m in danger.

4. Hold me
When I cannot pray.

5. Hold me safe, Lord,
When I suffer.

6. Hold me
When I plead, and cry.

7. Hold me tight
When I’m afraid,

8. And hold me, Lord,
When I must die.

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

❤️


References

1. They have stumbled off the ancient highways (Jeremiah 18:15; NLT).

2. I have strayed like a lost sheep (Psalm 119:176; NIV).

3. The Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:10; NLT).

4. We do not know how to pray as we ought (Romans 8:26; RSV).

5. You hold me safe (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

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

6. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you (Psalm 102:1; ESV).

7. Your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

8. No one can live forever; all will die (Psalm 89:48; NLT).

I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand (Psalm 73:23; NKJV).