It is good

It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord (Lamentations 3:26; NLT).

It is good to rest beside you, Lord,
In stillness;

Good to sit with you
In private prayer;

Good to stand before you, Lord,
In silence;

Good to walk in darkness –
You are there.

It is good to hold your hand, Lord,
When we suffer;

Good to be with you
Both day and night;

Good, Lord, to become
Your sacred temple –

One with you, absorbed into
Your light.

 

References

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

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

I will take you by the hand and guard you (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

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

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

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

Sunrise and sunset

Sunrise and sunset, Lord,
Are an illusion –
Moments in time,
Wherever we may be;

For your sun burns,
Unceasing in the heavens,
While earth spins us around it
Constantly.

So we move from light, Lord,
Into darkness;
From darkness back to light,
Day after day;

And, likewise, we must face
Our inner darkness,
As well as brighter times
Along our way.

There may we rest,
In stillness and in silence,
Safe, Lord, in the shadow
Of your wing;

For night shines bright as day
To you, their Maker,
So, even in our darkness,
We can sing.

References

I form the light and create darkness (Isaiah 45:7; NIV).

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

He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness; he brings light to the deepest gloom (Job 12:22; NLT).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night” (Genesis 1:3-5; NLT).

Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 63:7; NLT).

Speak to us

 

Speak to us in silence, Lord,
So we may hear your voice.

Speak to us in stillness, Lord,
So we may know your will.

Speak to us in solitude,
So we may share your love.

Speak to us in darkness, Lord,
So we may serve you still.

 

References

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42; NIV).

He [Jesus] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness – secret riches (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

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

Rain, your tears, Lord

Today is the first day of Lent, so I want to share with you a favourite poem I first posted a long time ago:

 

Rain,
Your tears, Lord;
Sun,
Your light.

Stars,
Your beauty;
Frost,
Your night.

Fire,
Your anger;
Earth,
Your bed.

Rocks,
Your footpath;
Stones,
Your bread.

Blood,
Your life force;
Dust,
Your flesh.

Fear,
Your anguish;
Pain,
Your death.

 

References

Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Luke 9:58; NLT).

If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread (Matthew 4:3; NLT).

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

When we do all the talking

Father God,

When we 
Do all the talking 
During prayer,

It’s easy 
To confuse our will 
With yours.

Only when we listen, Lord,
In silence 
For your voice

Can we hear
The gentle words
Our speech obscures.

 

References 

When you pray, don’t babble on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Be silent before the Lord, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

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

Then you will learn to know God’s will for you Romans 12:2; NLT). 

Silence

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in silence,  
May we hear the whisper 
Of your voice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in private,
May we know your presence,
And rejoice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in stillness,
May we find your peace of mind
And love.

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in darkness,
May we sense the advent
Of your dove.

 

References

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

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT). 

The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,”  and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3; NLT).

Silence falls

 

Then silence falls
As we draw near

To see your face,
So bright, so dear,

And hear your voice,
So still, so small,  

And grasp how much 
You love us all. 

 

References

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7).

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

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

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; NLT).