Darkness is the same as light

1. Darkness is the same
As light:
Both conceal God
From my sight.

2. Wrapped in shadow,
Dazzling bright,
He guides my spirit,
Day and night.

3. Light and dark
Are just the same:
Both declare
His sacred name,

4. Which cleanses me
Of sin and shame,
And sets my dying heart
Aflame.


References

1. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

He made darkness his covering (Psalm 18:11; NIV).

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

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

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment (Psalm 104:2; NIV).

He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. this allowed them to travel by day or by night (Exodus 13:21; NLT).

3. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge (Psalm 19:1-2; NIV).

What a holy and awe-inspiring name he has! (Psalm 111:9; NLT).

4. You were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11; NLT).

My days vanish like smoke, my bones burn like glowing embers (Psalm 102:3; NIV).

Everyone will be salted with fire (Mark 9:49; NIV).

Within us all

Image: geralt, Pixabay


💙

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us
(Colossians 3:11; NLT).

1. Christ, the light within us all,
You make our nights
As bright as day.

2. Christ, the peace within us all,
You hear our sighs,
And help us pray.

3. Christ, the truth within us all,
You cleanse our sins,
And heal our shame.

4. Christ, the love within us all,
We lift our hearts
To praise your name.

💙


References

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

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

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29; NLT).

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

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

Through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:38; NLT).

On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me (Zephaniah 3:11; ESV).

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

No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever (Psalm 145:21; NLT).

Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NLT).

I long for you

Image: falco, Pixabay


🖤

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die”
(Matthew 20:18; NLT).

1. I long for you
As evening falls,
And dusk turns into night.

Father,
Must I drink this cup?
It’s too late now for flight.

2. I yearn for you
When morning comes.
I want to do your will.

Lord,
I am lost: betrayed; condemned –
And yet I trust you still.

3. My strength is gone
And death draws near.
I cannot bear this pain.

Father,
Come to rescue me,
Then I’ll rejoice again.

4. I thirst for you.
My courage fails –
Destroyed by sin and shame.

Lord,

Why have you forsaken me,
Though I cry out your name?

🖤


References

1. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Matthew 26:36-8; NLT).

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:4-5; NIV).

He went on a little further and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me…

2. …Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard (Mark 14:44; NLT).

So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded (Luke 23:24; NLT).

Don’t you realise that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? (Matthew 26:53; NLT).

3. My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth (Psalm 22:14-15; NLT).

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name” (Psalm 91:14; NLT).

4. Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture),“I thirst” (John 19:28; RSV).

It was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down (Isaiah 53:4; NLT).

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).

I pray to you

Image: Dorotheé Quennesson, Pixabay


🖤

1. I pray to you,
The Christ, who came
To save us all
From sin and shame.

2. I call on you,
The Christ, who dwelled
On earth, God’s Son,
Unparalleled.

3. I plead with you,
The Christ, who died
For all: my Saviour,
And my Guide.

4. I worship you,
The Christ, who rose
From death; through whom
God’s mercy flows.

💛


References

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

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

2. Call on him now while he is near (Isaiah 55:6; NLT).

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him (1 John 4:9; NLT).

You have no equal (Psalm 40:5; NLT).

3. Plead with the Almighty (Job 8:5; NIV).

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God (1 Peter 3:18; NLT).

He has sent us a mighty Saviour (Luke 1:69; NLT).

He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

4. Worship Christ as Lord of your life (1 Peter 3:15; NLT).

He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18; NLT).

God […] called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ (Galatians 1:6; NLT).

Consequences

Image: Pete Linforth, Pixabay


🖤

He reveals deep and mysterious things
and knows what lies hidden in darkness

(Daniel 2:22; NLT).

Lord,

1. You know I’ve been abused.
I’m traumatised, and scarred.
I’ve had to live with shame, dread
And depression. It’s been hard.

2. My physical and mental health
Have failed, time and again.
I’m sure my mother never guessed
Her rage would cause such pain.

3. Since then, I’ve tried to be
A Good Samaritan each day,
But now I see that I, too, was attacked
Along the way –

4. Stripped and beaten, left half dead,
Despised, passed by, ignored,
Then you drew near to care for me,
My Priest, my God, my Lord.

5. At last, I’ve grasped your promise,
And your plan has been revealed:
My suffering will end one day –
In death, I will be healed.

🧡


References

1. God has seen your abuse (Genesis 31:42; NLT).

2. The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself (James 3:6; NLT).

No one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8; NLT).

The tongue can bring life or death (Proverbs 18:21; NLT).

They live wicked lives and they misuse their power (Jeremiah 23:10; NET).

You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences (Isaiah 47:7; NLT).

3. A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers (Luke 10:30; NIV).

4. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road (Luke 10:30; NLT).

By chance, a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side (Luke 10:31-2; NLT).

I am insignificant and despised (Psalm 119:141; NLT).

I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit about what happens to me (Psalm 142:4; NLT).

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine, and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, “Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here” (Luke 10:33-35; NLT).

I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you (Hosea 14:8; NLT).

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess (Hebrews 4:15; NIV).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

5. My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled (Psalm 119:123; NLT).

We receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:22; NLT).

This is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

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

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever ( Revelation 21:3-4; NLT).

According to your will

Image: Engin Akyurt, Pixabay


This is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us
(1 John 5:14; NIV).

Lord,

1. May I treat myself with love
According to your will,
Sharing all I feel with you
As I face each new test.

2. May I capture all my thoughts
According to your will,
Changing judgements into love –
Then I’ll have done my best.

3. May I speak the truth in love
According to your will,
Choosing all my words with care,
Though sometimes I’ll be blamed.

4. May I do all things with love
According to your will,
Serving you with all my heart –
Then I won’t be ashamed.


References

1. Love your neighbour as yourself (Leviticus 19:18; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested (Hebrews 2:18; NLT).

2. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For […] the standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

I have always tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts (Ecclesiastes 7:23; NLT).

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

I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason (Psalm 38:19; NLT).

4. Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Serve the Lord with all your heart (1 Samuel 12:20; NIV).

Let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me (Psalm 25:2; NKJV).

Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in you (Psalm 25:20; NKJV).

With love

Do everything with love
(1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

1. Face all you feel with love:
Grief, anger, shame, pain, fear.
Share everything with God,
For he is always near.

2. Observe your thoughts with love:
Hate, envy, judgement, pride.
Confess them all to God,
Who will not blame, or chide.

3. Speak every word with love:
Don’t mock, abuse, or lie.
Admit your sins to God,
Who hears our victims cry.

4. Do everything with love:
This principle is clear;
Just ask the Father’s help,
For he is always here.


References

1. You are near (Psalm 75:1; NLT).

2. I confess my sins (Psalm 38:18; NLT).

He will not always chide (Psalm 103:9; RSV).

3. Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

The Lord hears the cries of the needy (Psalm 69:33; NLT).

4. Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

Help me, Lord (Psalm 30:10; NLT).

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may be with you forever (John 14:16; NASB).

Fault after fault

Image: Oberholster Venita, Pixabay

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

1. Fault after fault
You register,
But, Lord,
You never blame me.

2. Sin after sin
You see each day,
But, Lord,
You never shame me.

3. Lapse after lapse
You recognise,
But, Lord,
You still restore me.

4. Debt after debt
You cancel out,
But, Lord,
You still adore me.


References

1. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

2. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever (Psalm 103:9; NLT).

3. He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

4. Each day the Lord pours out his unfailing love upon me (Psalm 42:8; NLT).

Be mine

Be mine,
By loving me completely;

Be mine,
By following my Son.

Be mine,
By caring for your neighbour;

Be mine,
By loving everyone.

Be mine,
By seeking me each morning;

Be mine,
By searching for my face.

Be mine,
By growing more like Jesus;

Be mine –
And share the riches of my grace.

References

They shall be mine, says the Lord of Hosts (Malachi 3:17; ESV).

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

In him we have redemption through his blood […] according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us (Ephesians 1:7-8; RSV).