Your dwelling-place

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I will put my dwelling-place among you
(Leviticus 26:11; NIV).

1. May my flesh, Lord, be a tent,
Where you encamp in light.
Then I’ll spend all my days with you,
And rest with you at night.

2. May my mind, Lord, be a fort,
Where you establish peace.
Then I will pray, rejoice in you,
And worship without cease.

3. May my heart, Lord, be a home,
Where you outpour your love.
Then you will be my inner voice,
And help me to do good.

4. May my soul, Lord, be a shrine,
Where you preside, in grace.
Then you will be my Comforter,
And I your dwelling-place.

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References

1. We know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself (2 Corinthians 5:1; NLT).

I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling (2 Samuel 7:6; NLT).

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

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

2. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my saviour; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety (2 Samuel 22:2-3; NLT).

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

Rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 32:11; NLT).

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

3. 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).

With the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows (Psalm 130:7; NLT).

After the fire [there came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone (Galatians 6:10; NLT).

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

Just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead (Romans 5:21; NLT).

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16; KJV).

I will comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NKJV).

My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people (Ezekiel 37:27; NIV).

God’s presence

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Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you (Psalm 139:7-12; NIV).


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1. Remember God’s presence –
He’s here day and night.

2. Practice his presence,
And live in his light.

3. Stand in his presence,
And gaze on his face.

4. Walk in his presence,
And trust in his grace.

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References

1. If you obey my decrees and commands, as my servant David did, then I will always be with you (1 Kings 11:38; NLT).

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

2. The godly will live in your presence (Psalm 140:13; NLT).

He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12; NLT).

3. Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).

4. I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! (Psalm 116:9; NLT).

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

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT).

What can I offer?

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What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?
(Psalm 116:12; NLT).

I offer you my weak, frail flesh,
Stripped of all the health and strength of youth.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you conceived it,
Yet I have nothing else to give, in truth.

I offer you my damaged mind,
Stripped of all my hopes of paradise.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you ordained it,
But I have nothing else to sacrifice.

I offer you my small, hard heart,
Stripped of all my faith, and peace, and trust.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you assigned it,
Yet I have nothing else to yield, but dust.

I offer you my sinful life,
Stripped of all grace, though you dwell in my soul.
It’s yours already, Lord, for I’m your temple,
But you are the only part of me that’s whole.

Offer every part of yourself to him
(Romans 6:13; NIV).

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I am not fit

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I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals
(Mark 1:7; NASB).

1. You love me, Lord,
Though I’m not fit
For anything but blame;
And talk with me,
Though I’m not fit
To speak your sacred name.

2. You comfort me,
Though I’m not fit
To call on you in prayer;
And ransom me,
Though I’m not fit
To warrant all your care.

3. You treasure me,
Though I’m not fit
To be your humble slave;
And cherish me,
Though I’m not fit
To rescue from the grave.

4. You shelter me,
Though I’m not fit
To contemplate your grace;
And smile on me,
Though I’m not fit
To gaze upon your face.

I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness
you have shown to me, your servant
(Genesis 32:10; NLT).

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References

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

We dare not mention the name of the Lord (Amos 6:10; NKJV).

2. I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord (Genesis 18:27; NKJV).

Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son (Luke 15:21; NLT).

3. I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals (Luke 3:16; NLT).

You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death (Psalm 30:3; NLT).

Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life (Job 33:24; NLT).

4. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by (Exodus 33:22; NKJV).

Lord, do not trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honour (Luke 7:6; NLT).

Righteousness smiles down from heaven (Psalm 85:11; 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).

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).

In silence


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1. In silence, Lord,
I hear your voice.

2. In darkness,
I behold your face.

3. In solitude,
I walk with you.

4. In stillness,
I receive your grace.

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References

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

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

2. Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NIV).

I shall behold your face (Psalm 17:15; NASB).

3. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

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).

4. Be still in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT).

Transformation (with thanks to A.K.)

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Only God can turn the dark night into glorious heavenly light
(Alan Kearns).

Lord,

1. Turn our suffering
To hope;
Our blindness
Into perfect sight.

2. Turn our faithlessness
To trust;
Our darkness
Into dazzling light.

3. Turn our sinfulness
To grace;
Our meanness
Into eager care.

4. Turn our selfishness
To thanks;
Our sorrow
Into joyful prayer.

5. Turn our enmity
To love;
Our sickness
Into healing rest;

6. And turn our dying
Into life eternal,
When we’ve faced
Each test.

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References

1. We long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering [and] wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us (Romans 8:23; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgement – to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind” (John 9:39; NLT).

2. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24; NIV).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

The Lord turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29; NIV).

3. Just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:21; NLT).

4. Turn from your selfish ways (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

5. Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27; NLT)

The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence (Isaiah 30:15; CSB).

6. Those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life (John 5:24; NLT).

Our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

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

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

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).

I will fade

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All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

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Lord,

1. I will fade, and suffer pain,
For all must die
To rise again.

2. I will trust your love and grace,
For all must die
In your embrace.

3. I will give up all I do,
For all must die
To merge with you.

4. Willingly, I’ll leave this place,
For all must die,
To see your face.

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References

1. No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave (Psalm 89:48; NLT).

Those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again (Isaiah 26:19; NLT).

2. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

3. If we die with him, we will also live with him (2 Timothy 2:11; NLT).

4. Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

Inner space


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1. You alone
Give inner space,
Faith, forgiveness, Lord,
And grace

2. To help us serve you
Every day,
By following
Your humble way.

3. You alone
Give inner peace,
Love, acceptance,
And release

4. From every weakness,
Fear, and sin,
For you, our Saviour,
Live within.

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References

1. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

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

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; NLT).

3. Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

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

4. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

You will stand firm and without fear (Job 11:15; NIV).

You have been set free from sin (Romans 6:18; NIV).

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

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

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