Presence

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1. Darkness is as beautiful as light,
For you are present;

2. Solitude, as welcome as a friend,
For you are near.

3. Silence is as intimate as speech,
For you are with us;

4. Stillness, as dynamic, Lord, as dance,
For you are here.


References

1. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

2. We can rejoice in our wonderful relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

We give thanks because you are near (Psalm 75:1; NLT).

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

God is with us (2 Chronicles 13:12; NLT).

4. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us (Psalm 46:11; NLT).

One star

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And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was (Matthew 2:9; NLT).

1. One star, so bright;
One birth, one light.

2. One Son, so dear;
One truth, so clear.

3. One path, so short;
One gospel taught.

4. One Man, so brave;
One Lord, our slave.

5. One night, so dark;
One fear, so stark.

6. One hope, so small;
One cup of gall.

7. One life, so hard;
One flesh, so scarred.

8. One cross, so high;
One final cry.

9. One tomb, so cold;
One flash of gold!

10. One God, so good;
One path of love.

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References

1. While they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

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

2. This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

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

4. Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:44; NLT).

5. Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

6. 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).

7. The gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life (Matthew 7:14; RSV).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (Mark 15:15; NLT).

8. Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; NIV).

And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NKJV).

9. He took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock (Luke 23:53; NLT).

Very early on the Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes (Luke 24:1-4; NLT).

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

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

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

Love is the fulfilment of the law (Romans 13:10; NIV).

We cannot fight you


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It is useless for you to fight against my will (Acts 26:14; NLT).

1. We cannot fight you, Lord,
You’re Light,
Shining on us
Day and night.

2. We cannot fight you, Lord,
You’re Peace;
Your government
Will never cease.

3. We cannot fight you, Lord,
You’re Fire;
You send your Spirit
To inspire.

4. We cannot fight you, Lord,
You’re Truth,
Expressed in Jesus
From his youth.

5. We cannot fight you Lord,
You’re Love:
Your Kingdom come;
Your will be done.


References

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

The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light (Revelation 21:23; NIV).

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

His government and its peace will never end (Isaiah 9:7; NLT).

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

What looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability (Acts 2:3-4; NLT).

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

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

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

The Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below (Joshua 2:11; NLT).

May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

God is fire

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1. God is fire,
Blazing in darkness.

2. God is light,
Showing the way.

3. God is peace,
Reigning forever.

4. God is truth,
Helping us pray.

5. God is strong,
Knowing our weakness.

6. God is good,
Cleansing our sin.

7. God is kind,
Sharing our sorrows.

8. God is love,
Waiting within.


References

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

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

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

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

5. God is mighty (Job 36:5; NLT).

6. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (1 Chronicles 16:34; RSV).

7. How kind the Lord is (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

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

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

The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

God is the fire

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1. God is the fire
That blazes in darkness.
God is the lamp
That lights up the way.

2. God is the voice
That whispers in silence.
God is the truth
That goes out each day.

3. God is the peace
That settles in stillness.
God is the friend
That shares every loss.

4. God is the hope
That lives on forever.
God is the love
That died on the cross.


References

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

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

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

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

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

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

4. You are my hope, O Lord God (Psalm 71:5; NKJV).

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

Burn my sins


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1. Burn my sins to ash, Lord,
With your fire,
And chase away my darkness
With your light.

2. Mend my foolish thoughts, Lord,
With your truth,
And make up for my weakness
With your might.

3. Heal my broken heart, Lord,
With your love,
And comfort my poor body
With your peace.

4. Fill my wretched soul, Lord,
With your hope,
And dwell in me forever,
My High Priest.


References

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

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

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

Power and might are in your hand (1 Chronicles 29:12; NLT).

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

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

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

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

Jesus […] has become our eternal High Priest (Hebrews 6:20; NLT).

In loneliness

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).


1. In loneliness,
I search, Lord, for your presence.

2. In weakness, Lord,
I long to sense your might.

3. In silence, Lord,
I yearn to hear you speaking.

4. In darkness, Lord,
I wait to see your light.


References

1. I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof (Psalm 102:7; NLT).

Seek his presence continually (Psalm 105:4; RSV).

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

Seek the Lord and his strength (Psalm 105:4; RSV).

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

4. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NIV).

I glimpse your glory

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They could see the awesome glory of the Lord
in the cloud (Exodus 16:10; NLT).


1. Lord,
I glimpse your glory in the skies:
Your planets, clouds and stars,
Your sun and moon.

2. Lord,
I sense your beauty in the earth:
Your forests, hills and valleys,
Flower-strewn.

3. Lord,
I feel your power in the sea:
Your currents, waves and storms,
Your ebb and flood.

4. Lord,
I know your presence in my prayers:
Your still, small voice, your light,
Warmth, peace and love.


Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and earth
and the sea, and everything in them
(Acts 4:24; NIV).


References

1. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1; NIV).

2. From Mount Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth (Psalm 50:2; NIV).

3. By his power he churned up the sea (Job 26:12; NIV).

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

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

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

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

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

You shield me

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This short dialogue is the starting-point for today’s prayer:

Moses: Show me your glorious presence.

God: I will make all my goodness pass before you. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live. Look, stand near me on this rock. 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 33:18-22; NLT).


1. With thick clouds, Lord, you shield me
From your glory,
While you dwell within my flesh,
To give me life.

2. With shadows, you protect me
From your brilliance,
While you dwell within my mind,
To give me light.

3. With darkness, you preserve me
From your power,
While you dwell within my heart,
To give me rest;

4. And though my anguish
Blinds me to your presence,
You dwell within my soul,
So I am blest.


References

1. Thick clouds swirl about him (Job 22:14; NIV).

God is my shield (Psalm 7:10; NLT).

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

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

2. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand (Isaiah 49:2; NLT).

He […] protects those who suffer (Job:11; NLT).

His face was like the sun in all its brilliance (Revelation 1:16; NLT).

The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

3. He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).

The Lord preserves the simple (Psalm 116:6; RSV).

All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his (Jude 1:25; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

4. How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

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

My eyes are blinded by my tears (Psalm 88:9; NLT).

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

God blesses those who are poor in spirit, and realise their need for him (Matthew 5:3; NLT).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).

May terrors fade

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He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).

1. May terrors fade, Lord,
Leaving only peace;
And bad dreams finish,
Leaving only good.

2. May darkness pass, Lord,
Leaving only light;
And evil perish,
Leaving only love.

3. May anguish end, Lord,
Leaving only hope;
And doubting wither,
Leaving only faith.

4. May weeping cease, Lord,
Leaving only joy;
And sickness vanish,
When we see your face.

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