1. Life brings trials and suffering,
But hardest of them all
Is living without faith in God
When we reject his call.
2. Life brings riches, fame, success;
We think these things are good,
But we don’t see how poor we are
When we reject his love.
3. Life brings failure, loss, regret,
Which we will have to bear,
And we must face them all alone
When we reject his care.
4. Life brings battles, thrills, and spills —
We think we’re doing well,
But when we spurn the Lord, our God,
We truly live in hell.
1. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).
Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honour him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant any more” (Ecclesiastes 12:1; NLT).
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).
2. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17; NIV).
3. When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NIV).
Remember him – before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7; NIV).
They do not fear God (Psalm 55:19; NLT).
The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).
4. The people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires (Jeremiah 18:12; NLT).
You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).
She says to him, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell (Proverbs 9:16-18; NKJV).
You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God (Jeremiah 2:19; NLT).
There is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there (Luke 16:27; NLT).
Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28; NLT).
1. In joy, Lord,
May I worship you,
As Christ did
When he walked this earth.
2. In trials, Lord,
May I cling to you,
As Christ did,
With faith unsurpassed.
3. In grief, Lord,
May I cry to you,
As Christ did
When he lost all hope.
4. In death, Lord,
May I call your name,
As Christ did
When he breathed his last.
1. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendour (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).
Jesus, full of the joy of the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21; NIV).
2. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil […] “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say: You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him” (Matthew 4:1,10; NLT).
3. Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer (Lamentations 2:19; NLT).
About three in the afternoon 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).
4. I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord (Zephaniah 3:9; NIV).
When Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NKJV).
The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away
(Job 1:21; NLT).
1. Give me back my joy again:
Please let me share your grace
2. Give me back my health again,
So I can serve you
3. Give me back all I have lost,
For then my trials
Won’t seem so long,
4. But if you don’t, Lord,
I’ll accept your will,
For when I’m weak, I’m strong.
1. Give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour give you grace and peace (Titus 1:4; NLT).
2. “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17; NLT).
Serve the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).
3. I will give you back what you lost (Joel 2:25; NLT).
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).
4. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; 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).
To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me […] for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; NLT).