Your arms

The eternal God is your refuge,
and his everlasting arms are under you
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

Lord,

Your arms are wrapped
around us all;

But you hold us
so gently

That unless we seek you earnestly
each day,

We may not recognise
your constant presence.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened,
and they recognised him
(Luke 24:31; NLT).

Darkness

They know not, neither will they understand;
they walk on in darkness
(Psalm 82:5, KJV).

Lord,

So many people
Walk in darkness.

Some never knew you;
Others, Lord, forgot.

Today, may many recognise
Your presence,

And turn to you, Lord,
Then forget you not.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened,
and they recognised him
(Luke 24:31; NLT).

Be careful not to forget the Lord
(Deuteronomy 6:12; NLT).


In you we live and move

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1. In you we live and move,
And have our being:

Lord,
May I know your presence
Day and night.

2. You’re over, in, and through
All you establish:

Lord,
May I dwell forever
In your sight.

3. You send your only Son
To teach and heal us:

Lord,
May I know your mercy,
And your grace.

4. You wait until we ask you
To receive us:

Lord,
May I be your shrine,
And dwelling-place.

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References

1. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

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

3. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

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

My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people (Ezekiel 37:27; NIV).

God’s presence

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Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you (Psalm 139:7-12; NIV).


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1. Remember God’s presence –
He’s here day and night.

2. Practice his presence,
And live in his light.

3. Stand in his presence,
And gaze on his face.

4. Walk in his presence,
And trust in his grace.

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References

1. If you obey my decrees and commands, as my servant David did, then I will always be with you (1 Kings 11:38; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

2. The godly will live in your presence (Psalm 140:13; 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. Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).

4. I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! (Psalm 116:9; NLT).

Trust in God, and trust also in me (John 14;1; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT).

You give us a lifetime

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I will be your God throughout your lifetime
(Isaiah 46:4; NLT).

1. You give us a lifetime
To practice your presence;
A lifetime to ask
Your forgiveness, Lord, too.

2. You give us a lifetime
To care about others;
A lifetime to grow,
And become more like you.

3. You give us a lifetime
To bear our cross gladly;
A lifetime to follow
Your steep, narrow way.

4. You give us a lifetime
To thank you for all, Lord;
A lifetime to love you,
Cling tight, hope, and pray.


References

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

Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

2. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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

3. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

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

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence (Jeremiah 17:7; NLT).

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NKJV).

Live in eternity

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1. Live in eternity;
Dwell in God’s hands.

2. Rest in his presence;
Obey his commands.

3. Thank him for everything,
Joyful, and sad.

4. Never stop praying,
And always be glad.

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References

1. The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble (Isaiah 57:15; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

2. He will restore us, so that we may live in his presence (Hosea 6:2; NLT).

I have given rest to the weary (Jeremiah 31:25; NLT).

You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 11:27; NLT).

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

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job
2:10; NLT).

4. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

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

Love for God

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Choose today whom you will serve
(Joshua 24:15; NLT).

1. Our love for God
Cannot be forced –
It grows throughout the years,

2. With prayer and worship,
Faith, and trust;
With sacrifice, and tears.

3. As we live
In his presence,
He will fill us to the brim,

4. Until we overflow
With love,
Becoming 
more like him.


References

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

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

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

3. We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. May the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone (1 Thessalonians 3:12; CSB).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

Open all eyes

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All nations will come to your light (Isaiah 60:3; NLT). 

Lord,

1. Open all eyes
To your presence,
And open all minds
To your Word.

2. Open all hearts
To your Spirit,
Until every soul
Has been stirred.

3. Then, all will welcome
Your Gospel;
Then, all will trust in
Your Son.

4. Then, all will welcome
Your Kingdom,
And your will, at last,
Shall be done.

❤️


References

1. Suddenly their eyes were opened, and they recognised him Luke 24:31; NLT).

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

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

2. To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NLT).

3. “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God” (Romans 14:11; NLT).

Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

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

May I catch your whisper

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1. Father,
May I catch your whisper
In the chatter
Of my mind.

2. Father,
May I sense your presence
In the beating
Of my heart.

3. Father,
May I glimpse your splendour
In the darkness
Of my soul.

4. Father,
May I know your power
In my weakness:
Make me whole.

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References

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

The Lord knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless! (Psalm 94:11; NLT).

2. Rejoice in his presence (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

I am oppressed and needy, and my heart beats violently within me (Psalm 109:22; NET).

3. His brilliant splendour fills the heavens (Habakkuk 3:3; NLT).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

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

In order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NIV).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are in agony (Psalm 6:2; NLT).