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May I live in your presence

May I live in your presence, Lord,
By praying night and day;
Then I will trust in God, like you,
Rejoicing in his way. 

May I live in your presence, Lord, 
By walking at your side;
Then I will speak the truth, like you,  
And constantly confide. 

May I live in your presence, Lord, 
By sitting at your feet;
Then I’ll increase in wisdom, Lord,
For all your words are sweet. 

May I live in your presence, Lord,
By kneeling at your cross;
Then I will grow in love, like you,
For all else, Lord, is dross. 

 

References 

They will pray day and night, continually (Isaiah 62:6; NLT).

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:24; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross (Malachi 3:3; NLT).

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As darkness falls

As darkness falls,
I come ashore,

And take the path
To heaven’s door.

You run to meet me,
Kiss my face,

And overwhelm me
With your grace.

 

References

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

There before me was a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; 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).

Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you? (Job 13:11; 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).

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Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

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

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

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

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

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Left and right

 

Although I can’t tell left 
From right,

Please help me, Lord,
Throughout my life,

As I seek out 
The path towards 

Your kingdom,
Deep within. 

 

References

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

Travel steadily along his path (Psalm 37:34; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

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Our wilderness

 

Lord,

Our wilderness
Can be a place
Of beauty;

Our wilderness
Can be a place
Of fear.

Our wilderness
Can be a place
Of suffering;

But, beautiful,
Or dreadful,
You are here.

 

References

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT). 

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You wake with us

 

You wake with us each morning,
And join us when we pray.  
You go with us into the world,
And serve with us each day. 

You laugh with us in good times, 
And sigh when we are lame.
You bow your head when we have sinned, 
And burn with us, in shame.

You sit with us in darkness,
And watch with us at night.
You suffer when we’re full of dread,
And wait with us for light. 

You stay with us in danger,
And shed tears when we weep.
You share our pain when we despair,
And mourn with us in grief.

You comfort us in sickness, 
And help us face death’s rod;
Then walk with us through heaven’s gate –
And gaze with us on God.

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV). 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4; NLT).

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

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

One thing I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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Like Christ

 

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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).

 

Lord God,

You sent your glorious Son
To show us
What you’re like.

Despite our weakness,
May your Spirit help us
To grow more and more like him.

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