Give and take

1. You give, Lord God,
And also take away,

2. For you know everything
We need to learn

3. In exile here on earth,
So, when we die,

4. Our souls will long for you, Lord,
And return.

References

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

2. You will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

3. I sent them away to exile and brought them home again (Ezekiel 39:28; NLT).

4. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7; NLT).

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

Learning from life

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.
Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

1. Lord,
You know unerringly
Just what we need to learn,

2. So everything
We face in life with prayer
Can help us turn

3. Towards you, Father,
And your Son,
Your Holy Spirit, too,

4. For you
Are our great Comforter:
The God who helps us through.

References

1. Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

2. All things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28; NKJV).

3. Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts (Joel 2:12, NLT).

4. I will send you the Advocate [or Comforter] (John 15:26; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

You give us bodies

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

1. You give us bodies
Made from dust;
To dust they will return.

2. You lend us minds,
Though they will die,
No matter what we learn.

3. You loan us hearts,
Just for a while,
So we can seek your face;

4. But our souls, Lord,
Are part of you:
Our source, and resting-place.

References

1. You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

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

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

3. I will […] give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

4. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

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

His resting place shall be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NKJV).

You have blessed my life

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

1. Father,
You have blessed my life
With hardship and abuse;
You’ve given me so much to learn:
Lord, thank you for each truth.

2. Father,
You have blessed my life
With suffering and pain;
You’ve given me so much to learn:
Lord, thank you for each gain.

3. Father,
You have blessed my life
With sorrow, grief and loss;
You’ve given me so much to learn:
Lord, thank you for each cross.

4. Father,
You have blessed my life
With guilt, regret, and shame;
You’ve given me so much to learn:
I praise your glorious name.

References

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

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33; NLT).

Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you (Psalm 25:5; NLT).

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

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

4. I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me (Psalm 51:3; NIV).

O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! (1 Chronicles 29:13; NLT).

Teach me

1. Teach me, Lord,
What you want me to learn,
And show me
All that you want me to see.

2. Tell me, Lord,
What you want me to give,
And help me
To have life abundantly.

3. Teach me, Lord,
What you want me to know,
And show me
All that you want me to do.

4. Tell me, Lord,
What you want me to say,
And help me
To grow more and more like you.

References

1. Teach me your ways, O Lord (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

2. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

3. Show me the right path, O Lord (Psalm 25:4; NLT).

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

You never tire

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary (Isaiah 40:28; NIV).

1. You never tire of hearing: Lord, I love you!
You never tire of listening to my cares.
You never tire of stirring me to learn, Lord;
You never tire of answering my prayers.

2. You never tire of hearing: I rejoice, Lord!
You never tire of welcoming my praise.
You never tire of spurring me to grow, Lord;
You never tire of shepherding my ways.

3. You never tire of hearing: Father, help me!
You never tire of comforting my tears.
You never tire of sharing all my sorrows;
You never tire of lightening my fears.

4. You never tire of hearing: Lord, I’m sorry!
You never tire of helping me forgive.
You never tire of pardoning my sins, Lord;
You never tire of wanting me to live.

5. You never tire of hearing: Thank you, Father!
You never tire of giving me your Son.
You never tire of pouring out your Spirit;
You never tire of me – for we are one.

 

References

1. He hears us (1 John 5:15; NLT).
I love you, Lord; you are my strength (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. I rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 104:34; NLT).
The Lord is my shepherd […] He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:1,3; NLT).

3. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).
In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

4. I am deeply sorry for what I have done (Psalm 38:18; NLT).
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10; NLT).

5. We thank you, O God (Psalm 75:1; NLT).
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 16:21; NLT).

Heaven on earth

1. Son of God, to seek and find,
We must all leave heaven behind;
Yet, dear Lord, to follow you,
We must trust in heaven, too.

2. Son of Man, to change and grow,
We must dwell in heaven below;
Yet, dear Lord, to care and bond,
We must draw on heaven beyond.

3. Holy One, to feel you near,
We must be in heaven here;
Yet, dear Lord, to practice love,
We must learn from heaven above.

4. Lamb of God, to share your bread,
We must long for heaven ahead;
Yet, dear Lord, to grasp your worth,
We must live in heaven on earth.

References

1. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).
Follow me and be my disciple (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

2. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

3. The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5; NIV).
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

4. Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body” (Matthew 26:26; NLT).
Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered (Revelation 5:12; NLT).