I glimpse your glory

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They could see the awesome glory of the Lord
in the cloud (Exodus 16:10; NLT).


1. Lord,
I glimpse your glory in the skies:
Your planets, clouds and stars,
Your sun and moon.

2. Lord,
I sense your beauty in the earth:
Your forests, hills and valleys,
Flower-strewn.

3. Lord,
I feel your power in the sea:
Your currents, waves and storms,
Your ebb and flood.

4. Lord,
I know your presence in my prayers:
Your still, small voice, your light,
Warmth, peace and love.


Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and earth
and the sea, and everything in them
(Acts 4:24; NIV).


References

1. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1; NIV).

2. From Mount Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth (Psalm 50:2; NIV).

3. By his power he churned up the sea (Job 26:12; NIV).

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

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

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

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

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

In everything

There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. Lord,
You are in everything around us:
All we touch, and taste,
And hear, and see.

2. Lord,
You live in everyone beyond us:
Each neighbour, stranger,
Those from whom we flee.

3. Lord,
You dwell in everything above us:
Every star and planet,
Moon, and sun.

4. Lord,
You are for evermore within us:
In exile, then in heaven,
When life is done.


References

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

Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8; NLT).

2. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

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

3. Our God is in the heavens (Psalm 115:3; NLT).

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

He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; NIV).

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

You alone are the God who is in heaven (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

In free-fall


Let me fall into the hands of the Lord (1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

1. In free-fall through the darkness, Lord,
You catch me,

2. And hold me
In your everlasting arms,

3. So we can watch the stars
Go wheeling by,

4. With glorious singing,
In your midnight sky.


References

1. Even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself (Psalm 49:15; NIV).

2. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

3. It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night (Jeremiah 31:35; NLT).

4. We hear songs of praise from the ends of the earth, songs that give glory to the Righteous One! (Isaiah 24:16; NLT).

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).

He made darkness his secret place; his canopy around him was dark waters and thick clouds of the sky (Psalm 18:11; NKJV).

Our nourishment

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

1. Lord,
You are our guiding star,
Our shepherd’s staff,
Our way.

2. Lord,
You are our nourishment,
Our bread, our truth
Each day.

3. Lord,
You are our sacrifice,
Our great High Priest,
Our life.

4. Lord,
You are our Mighty God,
Our Saviour,
And our light.


References

1. The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; 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).

2. Cry out for this nourishment (1 Peter 2:2; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

3. He offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins (Hebrews 7:27; NLT).

We have a Great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14; NLT).

4. He will be called […] Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world (1 John 4:14; NLT).

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

Every tree

Yesterday, I saw this little apple tree flowering at the edge of a stony beach,
where it seemed to blaze with the presence and love of God.

1. Every tree is blazing
With the presence
Of our God.

2. Every bud is bursting
With his beauty
And his peace.

3. Every wave is breaking
With his splendour
And his might.

4. Every star is burning
With his truth, and love,
And light.


References

1. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up (Exodus 3:2; NLT).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

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

2. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

3. The Lord will display his glory, the splendour of our God (Isaiah 35:2; NLT).

By his power the sea grew calm (Job 26:12; NLT).

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

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

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

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


My leading light

I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the First and the Last,
the Beginning and the End
(Revelation 22:13; NIV).

1. Lord,
You are my leading light:
My origin
From ages past.

2. Lord,
You are my guiding star:
My dawn, my sun,
My First, my Last.

3. Lord,
You are my cornerstone:
My sanctuary, my home,
My Friend.

4. Lord,
You are my heart’s desire:
My way, my truth, my life,
My end.


References

1. You will be a light to guide the nations (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3; NIV).

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

You, O God, are my king from ages past (Psalm 74:12; NLT).

2. The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; NLT).

Your salvation will come like the dawn (Isaiah 58:8; NLT).

No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19; NLT).

I am the First and the Last; there is no other God (Isaiah 44:6; NLT).

3. The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22; NLT).

He will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary (Psalm 27:5; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

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).

4. Our heart’s desire is to glorify your name (Isaiah 26:8; NLT).

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

The dust will returns to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

Sacrifice

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit (Psalm 51:17; NIV).

1. Lord,
May my prayers,
Though meagre, dry, and bleak,
Rise, like the dust
To which I will return.

2. Lord,
May my thanks,
However poor and weak,
Rise, like the distant stars
Where I will burn.

3. Lord,
May my joy,
So frail, and swiftly crushed,
Rise, like sweet incense
To your paradise.

4. Lord,
May my trials,
Through which I learn to trust,
Rise, like the pleasing smoke
Of sacrifice.

You will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me (Ezekiel 20:41; NLT).


References

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

You were made from dust and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

2. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

It is the Lord who created the stars (Amos 5:8; NLT).

The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat (Psalm 19:6; NLT).

3. Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

All around the world they offer sweet incense […] in honour of my name (Malachi 1:11: NLT).

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

You will offer special gifts as a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Numbers 15:3; NLT).

Dust

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You were made from dust, and to dust you will return
(Genesis 3:19; NLT).

Lord God,

1. The dust of which we’re made
Is you,

2. For every atom
Is a part of you.

3. So, from the dawn
Of your sublime creation,

4. You’re all there’s ever been,
And all we are –

5. Here, for a moment,
Then, beyond our death,

6. Dancing as one
In each bright, singing star.


References

1. The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

2,4. There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

5. How short life is (Job 14:1; NLT).

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

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

In the singing together of stars of morning, […] all sons of God shout for joy (Job 38:7; YLT).

You are the stars

1. You are the stars in the sky, Lord;
You are the heavens and earth;

2. You are the lands, seas, and creatures;
You are our advent and birth.

3. You are the strength in our bodies;
You are our blood and our breath;

4. You are the love in our hearts, Lord,
You are our life and our death.

5. You are the One who forgives, Lord;
You are the One who makes whole;

6. You are the One who has mercy;
You are our God, and our soul.

References

1. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

2. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

3. The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

4. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

6. The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! (Exodus 34:6; NLT).

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

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

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).