Taking your right hand

God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
he will surely take me to himself

(Psalm 49:15; NIV).

1. I revel in your presence, Lord,
So tender, and so kind,
Taking your right hand
As I leave flesh and blood behind.

2. I revel in your brightness, Lord,
And praise your boundless might,
Taking your right hand
As you transform my mind with light.

3. I revel in your power, Lord,
And bless your holy name,
Taking your right hand
As you transmute my heart with flame.

4. I revel in your welcome, Lord,
For you make all things new,
Taking your right hand
To reunite, at last, with you.


References

1. 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).

He felt the hand of the Lord take hold of him (Ezekiel 1:3; NLT).

Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us (Luke 1:78; NLT).

2. Our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

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

3. The Lord’s hand is powerful (Joshua 4:24; NLT).

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

4. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5; RSV).

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

The Kingdom of God


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

1. If we walk in God’s light,
And dance in his fire,
We will praise him forever
And sing with his choir.

2. If we trust in his strength,
And share his Son’s blood,
We will dwell in his kingdom
And know his great love.

3. If we hold to his truth,
And follow his Son,
We will always rejoice
Till our exile is done.

4. If we serve as his slaves,
And welcome his rod,
We will live to the full
In the Kingdom of God.


References

1. If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7; NIV).

2. The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

3. You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News (Colossians 1:23; NLT).

4. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:42-4; NLT).

I’m nothing

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You lived in this world without God and without hope
(Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

1. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your way.

2. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your light.

3. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your truth.

4. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your life.

5. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your flesh.

6. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your blood.

7. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your peace.

8. I’m nothing, Lord,
Without your love.


References

1,3,4. I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

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

2. They grope in the darkness without a light (2 Samuel 23:4; NLT).

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

3. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8; NIV).

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

5,6. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

7. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14; NKJV).

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

8. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2; NLT).

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

Please bless me

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Those who say they live in God should live their lives
as Jesus did (1 John 2:6; NLT).

1. God of light,
Please bless me,
So I may shine today
On all I greet.

2. God of truth,
Please bless me,
So I may speak your words
To all I meet.

3. God of peace,
Please bless me,
So I may spread your joy,
Just like your Son.

4. God of love,
Please bless me,
So I may show your care
To everyone.

5. God of fire,
Please bless me,
So I may help
To set your world ablaze.

6. God of all,
Please bless me,
So I may trust and serve you
All my days.


References

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

Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16; NLT).

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

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

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

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

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

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

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

I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze! (Luke 12:49; CSB).

6. I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world (Jeremiah 32:27; NLT).

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

Serve the Lord enthusiastically (Romans 12:11; NLT).

No glory


1. We have no glory
Of our own:
Our only glory
Is the light of Christ.

2. We have no merit
Of our own:
Our only merit
Is his sacrifice.

3. We have no treasure
Of our own:
Our only treasure
Is his way of love.

4. We have no virtue
Of our own:
Our only virtue
Is his flesh and blood.


References

1. God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6; NLT).

2. When you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

3. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it (1 Timothy 6:6-7; NLT).

4. God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

Wake from the nightmare

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

1. Let’s wake from the the nightmare
Of childhood,
And think of the mountains
We’ve crossed.

2. Let’s cast off the hell
Of our parents,
And rise above all
We have lost.

3. Let’s wake in the light
Of God’s kingdom
To think of his Son,
And forgive.

4. Let’s cast off depression
And darkness,
And rise in his strength –
Then we’ll live!

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References

1. Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you (Ephesians 5:14; NIV).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult (Matthew 7:14; 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 and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

2. Banish anxiety from you heart and and cast off the troubles of your body (Ecclesiastes 11:10; NIV).

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

3. [Give] joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12; NIV).

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NIV).

4. Those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired (Isaiah 40:31; NET).

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

The Kingdom of God


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

1. The Kingdom of God
Is within you:
Trust in his mercy
And might.

2. The Kingdom of God
Is within you:
Live in his presence
And light.

3. The Kingdom of God
Is within you:
Honour his name
Without cease.

4. The Kingdom of God
Is within you:
Rest in his love,
And his peace.


References

1. I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever (Psalm 52:8; NKJV).

Trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5; NLT).

2. He will restore us, so that we may live in his presence (Hosea 6:2; 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. Honour the Lord for the glory of his name (Psalm 29:2; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

4. Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

His peace will guard your hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7; NLT).