Heart’s desire

I love you, Lord
(Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Lord,
You are my heart’s desire:
My hope, my peace,
My light, my fire;
My way, my truth,
My source, my goal –
I love you.

Lord,
I am your heart’s desire:
The lowest creature
You inspire;
Your slave, your guest,
Your child, your heir –
You love me.

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


Dwelling in darkness

Clouds and thick darkness surround him
(Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Dwelling in darkness,
Concealed from our sight,
Yet shining forever:
Our God, who is light.

Vast, unapproachable,
Our heart’s desire,
Yet blazing within us:
Our God, who is fire.

Knowing our secrets,
Beyond human proof,
Yet speaking so clearly:
Our God, who is truth.

Mighty, alert,
Seeing all without cease,
Yet curbing his anger:
Our God, who is peace.

Yielding his Spirit,
His body and blood,
Yet reigning with mercy:
Our God, who is love.

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

The dream of angels

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1. God is not the dream of angels,
Nor a vision,
Nor a creed.

2. God is not just wishful thinking,
Nor a longing,
Nor a need.

3. God is neither male nor female,
Storm, nor earthquake,
Fire, nor flood.

4. God is Father, Son, and Spirit,
One forever —
God is Love.

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References

1. This is […] the message of the man whose eyes see clearly, the message of one who hears the words of God [and] sees a vision of the Almighty (Numbers 24:3-4; NLT).

2. I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

3. He is not a human being (1 Samuel 15:29; NIV).

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

The Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire (1 Kings 19:11-12; NLT).

I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing (Genesis 6:17; NLT).

4. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; NIV).

The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! (Deuteronomy 6:4; NASB).

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

This cross

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The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18; NLT).

1. Lord, this cross is made of fire –
It burns within my hands,
And gives me all the strength I need
To face life’s harsh demands.

2. This little cross is made of light –
It shines on my dark road,
And gives me all the strength I need
To bear my heavy load.

3. This simple cross is made of truth –
It teaches me your way,
And gives me all the strength I need
To follow you each day.

4. This humble cross is made of peace –
It tells me you are near,
And gives me all the strength I need
To face my pain and fear.

5. This precious cross is made of love –
It shows me how you save,
And gives me all the strength I need
To hold fast, and be brave.

I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength
(Philippians 4:13; NLT).

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References

1. God is a raging fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; GW). 

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

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


Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

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

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).

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

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

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

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NIV).

Be brave and courageous (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

Restore me

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You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
(Psalm 71:20; NLT).


1. Lord,
Refill me with your light,
For mine is burning low.
Rekindle me with your bright fire,
For mine has ceased to glow.

2. Lord,
Renew me with your truth,
Which I no longer see.
Refresh me with your perfect peace –
Make haste to comfort me.

3. Lord,
Rebuild me with your hope,
For mine has long run out.
Replenish me with faith and trust,
So I don’t yield to doubt.

4. Lord,
Reform me with your grace,
Or I will cease to live.
Restore me with your constant love –
I’ve nothing left to give.

5. Lord,
Repair me with your strength,
Or I will not survive.
Please give me back your boundless joy,
For then I will revive.

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References

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

The Lord will be your permanent source of light (Isaiah 60:19; NET).

God is a raging fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; GW). 

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

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

God [is] the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

3. God [is] the source of hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone (2 Chronicles 14:11; NLT).

Jesus [is]the source and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2; CSB).

4. He gives us grace (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

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

5. The sovereign Lord is my source of strength (Habakkuk 3:19; NET).

God [is] the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

Your breath in my body

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

1. Your breath
In my body,

2. Your life
In my blood;

3. Your strength
In my weakness,

4. Your fire
In my love;

5. Your light
In my blindness,

6. Your truth
In my soul;

7. Your Word
In my heart, Lord —

8. At last,
I am whole.

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References

1. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

2. The Word gave life to everything that was created (John 1:4; NLT).

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you (John 6:53; NIV).

The life of the body is in its blood (Leviticus 17:11; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

3. My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

4. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

5. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth (Isaiah 42:16; NIV).

6. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

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

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

7. I have hidden your word in my heart (Psalm 119:11; NLT).

He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NLT).

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

8. Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God” (Psalm 58:11; NLT).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

Reach out

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Someone who falls alone is in real trouble
(Ecclesiastes 4:10; NLT).

1. I reach out for your peace, Lord God,
When troubles overcome me.

2. I reach out for your shining light
When darkness hides my way.

3. I reach out for your perfect truth
When lies are overwhelming.

4. I reach out for your constant love
When hatred wins the day.

5. I reach out for your raging fire
When evil overtakes me.

6. I reach out for your ceaseless hope
When no one hears my plea.

7. I reach out for your steady faith
When all my trust has vanished.

8. I reach out for your hand, Lord God –
And you reach out to me.

Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith, “ he said, “why did you doubt me”? (Matthew 14:31; NIV).

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References

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

Troubles without number have surrounded me (Psalm 40:12; CSB).

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

The way of the wicked is like total darkness (Proverbs 4:19; NLT).

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

All day long they scheme and lie (Psalm 38:12; NIV).

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

Hatred stirs up conflict (Proverbs 10:12; NIV).

5. God is a raging fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; GW). 

“They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 32:30; NLT).

You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God (Jeremiah 2:19; NLT).

6. God [is] the source of hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

There is no one who hears your words (Isaiah 41:26; NKJV).

7. The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

8. Then he [Jesus] said to Thomas, […] “Reach out your hand” (John 20:27; NIV).

You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me (Psalm 138:7; NLT).

Reflections


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Now we see things imperfectly,
like puzzling reflections…

1. Light on water,
Fire from heaven.
Living presence:
Jesus Christ.

2. Peace rains down
On earth, forever.
Love for all,
His sacrifice.

3. Truth streams out
To every mortal.
Faith is offered:
Make your choice!

4. Hope floods down
To all the nations:
Seek God’s Kingdom!
Hear his voice!

5. Ask the Father
To forgive you.
Welcome him
Into your soul,

6. Then, take your cross,
And follow Christ,
For he, alone,
Can make you whole.

…but then we will see everything with perfect clarity
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

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References

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

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

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

I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17; NLT).

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

He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; 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).

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

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

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16; NLT).

The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make (Deuteronomy 13:19; NLT).

4. I pray that God, the source of all hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to me and wait in hope for my powerful arm (Isaiah 51:5; NLT).

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously (Matthew 6:33; NLT).

Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NLT).

5. 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).

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

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

6. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”(John 14:6; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

Everything (with thanks to R.O.)

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

1. Everything is fashioned
Through God’s Word,

2. So everything is shining
With his light.

3. Everything is dancing
In his fire,

4. For everything is sharing
In his life.

5. Everything is broadcasting
His peace,

6. For everything is given
From above.

7. Everything is brimming
With God’s truth,

8. For everything embodies
His great love.

 


References

1. The heavens were made by the word of the Lord (Psalm 33:6; CSB).

There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, though whom God made everything (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

The Lord will display his glory, the splendour of our God (Isaiah 35:2; NLT).

3. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up (Exodus 3:2; NLT).

I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! (Daniel 3:25; NLT).

4,8. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

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).

6. All things come from you (1 Corinthians 29:14; NLT).

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

The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy! (Psalm 65:13; NLT).

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

May your Spirit fall

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I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised

(Luke 24:49; NLT).

1. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like dew;
Or like a welcome breeze,
Or tiny spark.

2. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like rain;
Or like a shining cloud,
Or rainbow arc.

3. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like fire;
Or like a sudden storm,
Or cry of love.

4. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like light;
Or like a gentle whisper,
Or a dove.

 


References

1. The Holy Spirit fell on them (Acts 11:15; NLT).

I will be to Israel like a refreshing daw falling from heaven (Hosea 14:5; NLT).

2. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

A bright cloud overshadowed them (Matthew 17:5; NLT).

I have placed my rainbow in the clouds (Genesis 9:13; NLT).

3. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4; NLT).

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting (Acts 2:2; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

4. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35; NLT).

Your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people (Isaiah 26:19; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).