In darkness

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

I grope towards you, Lord,
In darkness,

Blunder,
On your narrow way;

Burdened
By my trials and sorrows,

Trusting you, Lord,
Every day.

I grope towards you, Lord,
In silence;

Lost in stillness;
All alone;

Yearning, Lord,
To see your face,

When you draw near
To take me home.

They shall see his face
(Revelation 22:4; KJV). 


Lost in stillness (#2 of 2 linked poems)

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



Lost in stillness;
Lost in prayer.
Lost in silence,
Joy, and light.

Lost in beauty;
Lost in love.
Lost in darkness:
Lost in God.

One in stillness;
One in prayer.
One in silence,
Joy, and light.

One in beauty;
One in love.
One in darkness:
One in God.

He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
(Ephesians 1:9-10; RSV)

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In the darkness

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it
(John 1:5; NLT).

In the darkness,
Bands of light –

Gleaming,
Streaming,
Dazzling bright;

Watching,
Sharing with delight:
I love you.

In the stillness,
Waves of gold –

Growing,
Flowing,
New-born, old;

Spreading,
Coming to enfold:
You love me.

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

My offering

Bring your offering and come into his presence
(1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

1. Silence
Is my offering,

2. And stillness,
All I have to share;

3. Solitude,
My sacrifice,

4. And darkness, Lord,
My only prayer.


References

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

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

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

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

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

Start in silence

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

1. Start in silence.
Wait alone.
Make the Lord
Your hiding-place.

Share each grief and fear
With him,
Then God will heal you,
Deep within.

2. Live in stillness.
Go apart.
Make the Lord
Your dwelling-place.

Love and serve
With all your soul,
Then God will come
To make you whole.

3. End in darkness.
Slip away.
Make the Lord
Your resting-place.

He will share
Your final breath,
Then take you home, at last,
In death.

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References

1. You are my hiding place (Psalm 32:7; NLT).

Pour out your hearts to him (Psalm 62:8; NIV).

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

2. The eternal God is your dwelling place (Deuteronomy 33:27; ESV).

Jesus left the crowds to pray alone (Luke 9:18; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Serve only the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

3. His resting place will be glorious (Isaiah 11:10; NASB).

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

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

I wait

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

1. I wait, still and silent.
I worship you, Lord.
I listen; I learn;
And I share.

2. I am your body,
Your breath, bone, and blood;
And we live as one, Lord,
Through prayer.

3. You know all my feelings;
My thoughts, words, and deeds.
You are my light, truth,
And way.

4. You are my faith, and my hope,
And my love —
So, let’s start afresh, Lord,
Today.

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References

1. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendour (Psalm 96:9; NLT).

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying (Psalm 85:8; NLT).

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29; NKJV).

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Pour out your hearts to him (Psalm 62:8; NIV).

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

2. You are Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27; NASB).

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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

3. O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

The Lord is my light (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

4. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; KJV).

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-3; ESV).

Be still

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1. Be still,
And know that I am God,
Who made both heaven and earth.

2. Be still,
And know that I, alone,
Cause genesis, and birth.

3. Be still,
And know that I am God,
Who gives all creatures breath.

4. Be still,
And know that I am He
Who sends both life and death.

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References

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

He made heaven and earth (Psalm 146:6; NLT).

2. Stand still and watch the Lord’s victory (2 Chronicles 20:17; NLT).

He alone is God (1 Timothy 1:17; NLT).

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

3. Make yourselves low — sit still (Jeremiah 13:18, YLT).

You are the God who gives breath to all creatures (Numbers 27:16; NLT).

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

Trust

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I trust in you, my God
(Psalm 25:2; NLT).

1. I lift my hands to you in secret,
Trusting you will hear my prayers.

2. I lift my mind to you in stillness,
Trusting you will ease my cares.

3. I lift my heart to you in silence,
Trusting you will pardon me.

4. I lift my soul to you in darkness,
Trusting you will set me free.

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

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References

1. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary (Psalm 134:2; NIV).

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen (Matthew 6:6; NIV).

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

3. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NIV).

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

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

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

4. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1; NKJV).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see [and] that the oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

My offering

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Bring your offering and come into his presence
(1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

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1. Silence
Is my gift of gold,

2. And stillness,
All I can confer;

3. Solitude,
My frankincense,

4. And darkness, Lord,
My precious myrrh.

5. Sorrow
Is my heavy cross,

6. And suffering,
My sacred call;

7. Anguish,
My anointing oil,

8. And dying, Lord,
My bitter gall.

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My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
(Psalm 22:1; NLT).

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References

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

1-4. They opened their treasure-chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11; NLT).

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

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

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

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

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

6. If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

7. In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body (Proverbs 5:11; NLT).

He has besieged and surrounded me with anguish and distress (Lamentations 3:5; NLT).

When she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial (Matthew 26:12; NET).

8. He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink (Lamentations 3: 5; NIV).

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

In silence


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1. In silence, Lord,
I hear your voice.

2. In darkness,
I behold your face.

3. In solitude,
I walk with you.

4. In stillness,
I receive your grace.

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References

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

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

2. Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NIV).

I shall behold your face (Psalm 17:15; NASB).

3. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

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

4. Be still in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 37:7; 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).