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).