Perfection

You are to be perfect,
even as your Father in heaven is perfect
(Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Father,

1. I am far
From your perfection,
With little time still left
To grow like you.

2. Please look on me
With mercy and compassion.
Forgive my sins,
And heal my body, too.

3. Mend my wayward heart,
And mind, and spirit;
Give me time to learn
From your dear Son.

4. Then help me, Lord, to serve
Your sacred kingdom,
For though I’m late, Lord God,
I have begun.


References

1. You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Remember how short my life is (Psalm 89:47; NLT).

2. You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

3. I will heal your wayward hearts (Jeremiah 3:22; NLT).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

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

When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage (Matthew 20:10; NLT).

Those who are last now will be the first then (Matthew 20:16; NLT).

Courage


Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said.
“Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27; NLT).

1. Lord,
Please give us courage,
To face all life may bring:
Heartbreak, sickness, hunger,
For you are still our King.

2. Lord,
Please give us courage
To bear all that may come:
Loneliness and worry,
Until this plague is done.

3. Lord,
Please give us courage
To turn to you, and pray,
Trusting in your mercy,
And serving you each day.

4. Lord,
Please give us courage
And hope, for you are great;
Forgive us all our sins,
And help us hold fast to our faith.


References

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

2. This is my intense suffering, but I must bear it (Jeremiah 10:19; CSB).

3. I plead for the Lord’s mercy (Psalm 142:1; NLT).

4. Put your hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NIV).

Having hope will give you courage (Job 11:18; NLT)

I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts (Isaiah 57:15; NLT).

Hold fast and repent (Revelation 3:3; NKJV).

Fathomless ocean

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Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgements and how fathomless his ways!
(Romans 11:33; NLT).

1. Fathomless ocean
Of darkness and light:
God’s timeless upwelling
Of justice and might.

2. Limitless blessings
Of mercy and peace:
His Spirit is calling us all
To the feast.

3. Boundless resources
Of wisdom and grace:
The Lord’s faithful promise –
We will see his face.

4. Measureless giving
Of body and blood:
Christ’s infinite sacrifice,
Poured out with love.

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References

1. Darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just (Psalm 71:16; NLT).

2. The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

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

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world (Isaiah 25:6; NLT).

3. He [Jesus] was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him (Luke 2:40; NIV).

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

4. This is my body, which is given for you (Luke 22:19; NLT).

My blood […] is poured out as a sacrifice for you (Luke 22:20; NLT).

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For all my sins

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1. For all my sins
Throughout this life:
Father, please forgive me.

2. In all the suffering
I bear:
Father God, please heal me.

3. When I must leave
This world behind:
Father, please redeem me.

4. And when I stand
Before you, Lord:
Be merciful, and crown me.


Reference

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; 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).

Without God

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

1. Father,
When we shut you out
We make life so depressing;

2. Jesus,
When we cast you off
The years are hard to bear;

3. Spirit,
When we block your love
We make our lives so empty –

4. Yet all we need to say is:
Lord, have mercy,
For you care.

References

1. The godless are barren (Job 15:34; NLT).

I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so meaningless (Ecclesiastes 2:17; NLT).

2. In those days you were living apart from Christ […] You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

Why wasn’t I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light? (Job 3:16; NLT).

3. People who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it (1 Corinthians 2:14; NLT).

God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors (1 Peter 1:18; NLT).

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

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

I love you

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1. I love you, Lord;
I love you.
How could I not love you?

2. You made me;
You sustain me,
And you give salvation, too.

3. You heal me,
And forgive me,
Redeeming me from death.

4. You crown me
With your mercy,
And you give me life and breath.

References

1. I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).
I will […] give them my salvation (Psalm 91:16; NLT).

3,4. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

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