I need you

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Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
(Psalm 22:1; NLT).

1. Father,
I need you.
I’m fearful and weak.

2. I beg you
To help me,
For life is so bleak.

3. Father,
I trust you.
I’m sorry, and sad.

4. I love you.
Forgive all my sins.
Make me glad.


References

1. I long for your rescue, O Lord (Psalm 119:166; NLT).

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

2. Each day I beg for your help, O Lord (Psalm 88:9; NLT).

Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

3. I trust him with all my heart (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

All must repent of their sins (Acts 26:20; NLT).

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

Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

After death


1. After death, Lord,
All of us will meet
Those we abused,

2. And we will grasp
How much we damaged
Those we have misused.

3. We will face
Our callous deeds,
The hurtful words we spoke,

4. Until we beg forgiveness
From all those
Whose hearts we broke.

5. Help us now, instead, to change,
Say: Sorry, Lord,
And try

6. To live more like
Your only Son, on earth,
Before
we die.


References

1. The time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgement (John 5:29; NLT).

2. Now I will pour put judgement on you for the evil you have done to them (Jeremiah 23:2; NLT).

3. Human pride will be humbled, and human arrogance will be brought down. Only the Lord will be exalted on the day of judgement (Isaiah 2:17; NLT).

4. You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment. Then you will know that there is indeed a judgement (Job 19:29; NLT).

5. If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

6. As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

Jealous God

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I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God
who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods
(Exodus 20:5; NLT).

1. Jealous God,
You love us,
And you’re waiting to receive
Us all, when we turn back to you –

Please help us to believe.

2. Gracious God,
You love us,
And you’re ready to forgive
Us all, when we are sorry –
Help us change the way we live.

3. Holy God,
You love us,
And you’re willing to restore
Us all to health, when we have faith –
Please free us from your law.

4. Mighty God,
You love us,
And you’re eager to redeem
Us all, when we amend our lives –
Your power is supreme.

5. Father God,
You love us,
And you’re longing to embrace
Us all, when we return to you –
Then we will see your face.

References

1. You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods (Exodus 34:14; NLT).

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations (3:40; NLT).

2. You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful (Nehemiah 9:17; NLT).

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

Surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

3. He is a holy God (Joshua 24:19; NIV).

If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean (Matthew 8:2; NLT).

[He] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

Sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power (1 Corinthians 15:56; NLT).

Now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).

4. He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

He is eager to relent and not punish (Joel 2:13; NLT).

He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

You, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth (Psalm 79:9; NLT).

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

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

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

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

Speak the truth in love

What joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
(Psalm 32:2; NLT).

1. Let all you say
Be honest:
“Yes, please,”
Or else, “No, thank you.”

2. Let all you say
Be humble:
“I’m sorry,
I was wrong.”

3. Let all you say
Be gentle:
“Don’t worry,
I forgive you.”

4. Let all you say
Be Christ-like:
Speak truth, in love,
Lifelong.

References

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

Just say a simple yes or no (James 5:12; NLT).

2. Always be humble and gentle (Ephesians 4:2; NLT).

Keep a humble attitude (1 Peter 3:8; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

3. When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (Mark 11:25; NIV).

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-2; NLT).

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

It doesn’t matter


When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them,
so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
(Mark 11:25; NIV).

1. It doesn’t matter
If they don’t say thank you,
Or if, Lord,
People don’t reciprocate.

2. It doesn’t matter
If they don’t say sorry,
Or if they speak to me
With scorn and hate.

3. It doesn’t matter
If they break my heart, Lord,
Or if they make me suffer
Without end.

4. It doesn’t matter, Lord,
If they betray me –
I’ll still forgive them all,
And call them friend.

References

1. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:15-17; NIV).

2. We are mocked by our neighbours, an object of scorn and derision to those around us (Psalm 79:4; NLT).

3. Days of suffering torment me (Job 30:27; NLT),

4. Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” (John 13:21; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him (Matthew 26:48-50; NLT).