Fault upon fault

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

Fault upon fault,
And shame upon shame:

Lord,
Please forgive me;
Release me from blame.

Lapse upon lapse,
And debt upon debt:

Lord,
Please forgive me;
You know my regret.

Sin upon sin,
And stain upon stain:

Lord,
Please forgive me,
And cleanse me again.

Love upon love,
And gift upon gift:

Lord,
May your mercy
Be ceaseless and swift.

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Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great.
(1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).


Nothing can prepare us

They will see his face
(Revelation 22:4; NLT).

Nothing can prepare us, Lord,
For when we see your face:
Shining like the sun with love,
With mercy, truth, and grace.

Nothing can prepare us, Lord,
For when we meet your eyes,
Which blaze with your consuming fire:
All-seeing; holy; wise.

Nothing can prepare us, Lord,
For when we hear your voice
Declaring judgement on our lives:
Each fault; each sin; each choice.

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We must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body
(2 Corinthians 5:10; NLT). 

They chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin (Psalm 106:43; NLT).


There is no mercy (with thanks to A.K.)

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent (Matthew 12:7; NIV). 

There is no mercy
In our minds
When we condemn
The meek.

There is no justice
In our hearts
When we abuse
The weak.

There is no pity
In our souls
When we exploit
The poor. 

Lord,
Stir our spirits
To repent,
Till love becomes
Our law.

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Whoever loves others has fulfilled the law
(Romans 13:8; NIV).


The past

He has planted eternity in the human heart
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

1. The past
Is not behind us:
It is now.

2. The future,
Not ahead:
Already here.

3. Far beyond time,
God pours out justice
And mercy,

4. Uniting us all in his peace:
No beginning;
No end.

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


References

1. The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

2. God’s kingdom is here with you (Luke 17:21; CEV).

3. The One who is high and lifted up … inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15; ESV).

This world’s people are now being judged (John 12:31; CEV).

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him (Daniel 9:9; NIV).

4. All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen (Jude 1:25; NLT).


These are not our mountains (with thanks to A.K.)

The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
everything in the world is yours – you created it all
(Psalm 89:11; NLT). 

These are not our mountains, Lord,
But yours.
Creatures, plants, land, sea:
You make them all.

Every speck of dust,
At your command;
Sun, moon, stars:
From genesis to fall.

Food, and drink, and life
Come from your hand.
Faith, hope, love and peace:
Supplied by you.

Help us, Lord, to seek you,
And to find.
Then we will see, hear, taste:
And know it’s true.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
(Psalm 34:8; NLT).

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things
(1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

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I feel so empty

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
(Psalm 22:1; NIV).

Lord,

I feel so empty
And despairing.
I cannot pray,
But thirst for you in vain.

How can I live
Without your constant presence?
Let me become
Your dwelling-place again.

How can I face each weary day
Without you?
Nothing but dust,
I long for death’s release.

Show me, once more, your light,
And love, and mercy.
Answer my prayers,
And give me your perfect peace.

My peace I give you
(John 14:27; NIV). 

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you
(Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

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Have mercy

Lord, have mercy on me
(Psalm 4:1; NLT).

Lord,
Have mercy on my body:
Though I’m sick,
May I still serve.

Lord,
Have mercy on my thinking:
Though I’m sad,
May I still care.

Lord,
Have mercy on my feelings:
Though I’m hurt,
May I forgive.

Lord,
Have mercy on my spirit:
Though I’m weak,
Please hear my prayer.


Hear my prayer, O Lord
(Psalm 39:12; 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).