Underneath our troubles

Underneath you are his eternal arms
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NET).

1. Underneath our troubles,
When we must face the test
Of worry, fear, or loneliness:
Lord, may we find your rest.

2. Underneath our sorrows,
When we live with the pain
Of anguish, loss, or suffering:
May we find hope again.

3. Underneath our questions,
When we go far astray
Through error, sin, or unbelief:
Lord, may we find your way.

4. Underneath our burdens,
When we approach each chore
With heavy heart, or weariness:
May we find peace, once more.

Keep on seeking and you will find
(Matthew 7:7; NLT).

References

1. My life is full of troubles (Psalm 88:3; NLT).

The Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

You care about the anguish of my soul (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

3. They finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious leaders, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2:46; NLT).

I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief! (Mark 9:24; NLT).

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

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

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NIV).

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).

Temptation

Sin is crouching at your door;
it desires to have you,
but you must rule over it
(Genesis 4:7; NIV).

1. Temptation comes
When our desires
Entice, then drag, us
To the place

2. Where they give birth
To sinful thoughts,
And words, and deeds
That hide God’s face.

3. Yet, as we stumble
In the dark,
He helps us to resist,
Through grace.


References

1. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away (James 1:14; NLT).

2. These desires give birth to sinful actions (James 1:15; NLT).

Their thoughts are sinful thoughts (Isaiah 59:7; CSB).

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

Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you (Isaiah 59:2;  NKJV).

3. If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:13; NASB).

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

Within us all

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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.

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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

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“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?

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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).

Trust in God (#2 of 2 linked poems)

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

1. Trust in God,
For he is perfect,
And his mercy
Is supreme.

2. Trust in God,
Who sent his perfect Son
To teach us,
And redeem.

3. Trust in God,
Whose perfect Spirit
Comes to free us
From all sin.

4. Trust in God,
For he is perfect.
And our task?
To grow like him.

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References

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

Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

His mercy is very great (1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).

2. 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).

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).

When the fulness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law (Galatians 4:5; NKJV).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

3. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:1-2; NLT).

4. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

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

You can do anything

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God is all-powerful (Job 36:22; NLT).

1. Lord,
You can do anything you want –
Yet you must wait
Until we turn to you
And start to plead.

2. Lord,
You can take anything you want –
Yet you look down
And watch us sin
In thought, and word, and deed.

3. Lord,
You can stop anything you want –
Yet you hold back
While we destroy
The perfect world you made.

4. Lord,
You can say anything you want –
Yet you must grieve
As we ignore
The precious Son you gave.

5. Lord,
You can have anything you want –
And yet you long
For us to recognise
The One you sent.

6. Lord,
You can do anything you want –
And yet you wait
For us to see what’s coming,
And repent.

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References

1. You can do anything, and no plan of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:1-2; CSB).

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

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

2. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21; CSB). 

God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you” (Luke 12:20; NET).

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race (Psalm 14:2; NLT).

The Lord knows people’s thoughts (Psalm 94:11; NLT).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

3. All the peoples of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, “What do you mean by doing these things?” (Daniel 4:35; NLT).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

4. The one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury (Psalm 2:4-5; NLT).

They rebelled against him and grieved his Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10; NLT).

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).

5. If I were hungry, I would not call you, for all the world is mine and everything in it (Psalm 50:12; NLT).

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognise him (John 1:10; NLT).

6. “I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps (Isaiah 38:8; NLT).

I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die (Genesis 6:17; NLT).

After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth (Genesis 7:10; NLT).

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

I’m sorry

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My life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my guilt, and my body has wasted away (Psalm 31:10; NASB20).

1. I’m sorry that I’m nothing, Lord.
I’m sorry I’m so weak.

2. I’m sorry I can’t serve you, Lord,
And sorry I’m so bleak.

3. I’m sorry I’ve got nothing, Lord,
To show for all my years.

4. I’m sorry that I’ve wasted all my life
On sin, and tears.

5. I can only cling to you, Lord,
As I face each test.

6. I can only try to pray, Lord,
And to do my best.

7. I can only cry to you, Lord:
Father, lift me up!

8. I can only trust in you,
And drink each bitter cup.


References

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

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

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

You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

3. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth (Matthew 25:25; NLT).

Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand, like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid. I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery (Job 7:1-3; NASB20).

4. I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5; NLT).

You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful (Psalm 80:5; NLT).

I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony (Lamentations 2:11; NLT).

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

5. I cling to you (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

You examine us every morning and test us every moment (Job 7:18; NLT).

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

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).

7. O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry for your help! (Psalm 141:1; NLT).

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

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

He has […] given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink (Lamentations 3:15; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Once

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1. Once, you lived,
Then you were killed,
But rose again –
God’s law fulfilled.

2. Once, you died,
But now you live
Forever, Lord,
To love, and give.

3. Once, I was afraid,
Alone –
My mind in turmoil,
Heart, a stone.

4. Once, I was alone,
Afraid –
I turned to you;
I wept, and prayed.

5. Once, Lord,
I accepted you,
Confessed my sins –
You made me new.

6. Once, so worthless –
Now I’m one
With you, for always,
God’s dear Son.

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References

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

Christ died and rose again (Romans 14:9; NLT).

Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God (Romans 10:4; NLT).

2. Because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever (Hebrews 7:24; NLT).

3. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

4. Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

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

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

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9; NIV).

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

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

6. Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind (Psalm 62:9; NLT).

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him! (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

Dedication

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1. I dedicate this day to you,
One moment at a time,
For I am yours in heart and soul,
And you, Lord God, are mine.

2. I dedicate this day to you,
Despite my sins and flaws,
For you are mine in joy and pain,
And I, Lord God, am yours.

3. I dedicate this day to you,
My way, my inner shrine,
For I am yours in life and death,
And you, Lord God, are mine.

4. I dedicate this day to you,
I’ll stand up for your cause,
For you are mine eternally,
And I, Lord God, am yours.


References

1. My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

2. When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NIV).

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

3. I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain (Hebrews 6:19; RSV).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

4. You will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them (Mark 13:9; RSV).

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows (Isaiah 1:17; NLT).