Underneath our troubles

Underneath you are his eternal arms
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NET).

1. Underneath our troubles,
When we must face the test
Of worry, fear, or loneliness:
Lord, may we find your rest.

2. Underneath our sorrows,
When we live with the pain
Of anguish, loss, or suffering:
May we find hope again.

3. Underneath our questions,
When we go far astray
Through error, sin, or unbelief:
Lord, may we find your way.

4. Underneath our burdens,
When we approach each chore
With heavy heart, or weariness:
May we find peace, once more.

Keep on seeking and you will find
(Matthew 7:7; NLT).

References

1. My life is full of troubles (Psalm 88:3; NLT).

The Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

You care about the anguish of my soul (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

3. They finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious leaders, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2:46; NLT).

I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief! (Mark 9:24; NLT).

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

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

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NIV).

Transformation (with thanks to A.K.)


“Only God can turn the dark night into glorious heavenly light”
(Alan Kearns).

Lord,

1. Turn our anguish
Into peace;
Our darkness
Into dazzling light.

2. Turn our sorrow
Into joy;
Our blindness
Into perfect sight.

3. Turn our judgements
Into love;
Our sickness
Into welcome rest,

4. And turn our dying
Into life eternal,
When we’ve faced
Each test.


References

1. Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

The Lord turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29; NIV).

2. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).

The Lord gives sight to the blind (Psalm 146:8; NIV).

3. Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence” (Isaiah 30:15; CSB).

4. Our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

I delight

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1. I delight
In your forgiveness,
And rejoice
In your great love.

2. I exalt
In your salvation,
Lord, my God,
In heaven above.

3. I submit
To every test,
And undertake
To bless each foe.

4. I commit
To follow you,
My Lord, my God,
On earth, below.

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References

1. Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4; NLT).

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

Rejoice, you who worship the Lord (1 Chronicles 16:10; NLT).

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

2. Exalt in his holy name (1 Chronicles 16:10; NLT).

I will reward them with a long life and give them salvation (Psalm 91:16; NLT).

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! (Isaiah 61:10; NLT).

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name (Matthew 6:9; RSV). 

3. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NLT).

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).

4. 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).

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

There is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below (1 Kings 8:23; NLT).

I’m sorry

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My life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my guilt, and my body has wasted away (Psalm 31:10; NASB20).

1. I’m sorry that I’m nothing, Lord.
I’m sorry I’m so weak.

2. I’m sorry I can’t serve you, Lord,
And sorry I’m so bleak.

3. I’m sorry I’ve got nothing, Lord,
To show for all my years.

4. I’m sorry that I’ve wasted all my life
On sin, and tears.

5. I can only cling to you, Lord,
As I face each test.

6. I can only try to pray, Lord,
And to do my best.

7. I can only cry to you, Lord:
Father, lift me up!

8. I can only trust in you,
And drink each bitter cup.


References

1. I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

2. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

3. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth (Matthew 25:25; NLT).

Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand, like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid. I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery (Job 7:1-3; NASB20).

4. I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5; NLT).

You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful (Psalm 80:5; NLT).

I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony (Lamentations 2:11; NLT).

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

5. I cling to you (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

You examine us every morning and test us every moment (Job 7:18; NLT).

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

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).

7. O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry for your help! (Psalm 141:1; NLT).

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

8. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

He has […] given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink (Lamentations 3:15; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

In pain (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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I am suffering and in pain
(Psalm 69:29; NLT).

Lord,

1. In pain,
I share your dread,
And glimpse your final test.

2. In pain,
I sense your zeal for God,
And see your love expressed.

3. In pain,
I feel your brokenness,
And cry to you anew.

4. In pain,
I grasp the truth, at last,
For here, Lord, I find you.

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

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References

1. I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished (Luke 12:50; NLT).

He became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Matthew 27:37-8; NLT).

2. I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already burning! (Luke 12:49; NLT).

‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

3. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; NIV).

O God, listen to my cry! I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2; NLT).

4. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; NLT).

You Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you (Ephesians 1:13; NLT).

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain (Isaiah 53:3; NIV).

Growth (dedicated to A.K.)

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Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
(Job 2:10; NIV).

1. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send joy, and pain.
Then I will grow, in exile here,
Until we meet in heaven, again.

2. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, bring good from ill.
Then I will grow through suffering,
And never fail to love you, still.

3. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send hurt, and loss.
Then I will grow in care for all,
And comfort those who bear their cross.

4. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send every test.
Then I will grow in humble faith,
And gain, at last, eternal rest.

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References

1. Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

2. We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

3. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

4. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT). 

Inner space

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Christ lives within you
(Romans 8:10; NLT).

1. My inner space
Is a shining shore,
Where Jesus listens
While I pray.

2. My inner space
Is a forest path,
Where I can talk with him
Each day.

3. My inner space
Is a mountainside,
Where Jesus helps me
Face each test.

4. My inner space
Is a desert cave,
Where I can sit with him
To rest.

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


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References

1. He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

2. God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

3. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

The Lord God helps me (Isaiah 50:9; RSV).

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

Who knows?

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1. Who knows what I will see
And hear today?

2. Who knows what tests I’ll meet
Along my way?

3. Who knows what joys or sorrows
Will draw near?

4. Who knows when death will come?
Yet I’ll not fear!

5. Who knows what I will think,
Or say, or do?

6. Who knows all those I’ll meet,
And loves them, too?

7. Who knows what bliss or pain
This day will bring?

8. Who knows when death will come?
None but my King!

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References

1. Keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).

2. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

3. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

I am the one who wounds and heals (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

4. I am an old man and don’t know the day of my death (Genesis 27:2; 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).

5. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

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

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

7. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

8. No one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Mark13:32; NLT).

There is no God but me, a righteous God and Saviour. There is none but me (Isaiah 45:21; NLT).

God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; NIV).

Completion

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No one knows when their hour will come
(Ecclesiastes 9:12; NIV).

1. Lord,
When we die,
You call us home,
Whether or not we think
Our work is done –

For, long, or short,
Our exile is complete,
The moment you decide
Our end has come.

2. Lord,
When we die,
You take us back,
Whether or not we think
The time is right –

For, good, or bad,
Our record is complete,
The moment we face judgement
In your sight.

3. Lord,
When we die,
You claim our souls,
Whether or not we’ve tried
To do our best –

For, rough or smooth,
Our journey is complete,
The moment you conclude
Our earthly test.

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References

1. Soon I must go down that road from which I never will return (Job 16:22; NLT).

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

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

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

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).