If I never lay my cross down


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

Father,

If I never lay my cross down,
If I never pause to rest,
If I never try to pray:
I’ll never bear each test.

If I never stop to listen,
If I never care to seek,
If I never wait on you:
I’ll never hear you speak. 

If I never ask forgiveness,
If I never feel remorse,
If I never start afresh:
I’ll never stay the course. 

If I never spread your Gospel,
If I never praise your grace,
If I never worship you:
I’ll never see your face.

If I never share your body,
If I never taste your blood,
If I never strive to follow Christ:
I’ll never know your love.

Those who wish to boast should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me
and understand that I am the Lord,
who demonstrates unfailing love
(Jeremiah 9:24; NLT).

My heart

Shout to God with joyful praise!
(Psalm 47:1; NLT).

When my heart is full of joy,
May I praise you, Lord, my Friend.

When my heart is full of pain,
May I welcome all you send.

When my heart is full of fear,
May I trust your staff and rod.

When my heart is full of love,
May I worship you, my God.

You must worship the Lord your God
(Matthew 4:10; NLT).

Sacred source

1. Lord, you are my sacred source,
My Maker, and my God.
You give me life, and breath, and food;
A mind, a heart, a voice.

2. You give me faith; a conscience, Lord;
Remorse, forgiveness, hope.
You give me independence, and invention,
Insight, choice.

3. You give me trials and sorrows, Lord;
You give me joy and peace.
You give me worship, prayer, and praise;
Delight, and comfort, too.

4. You give me help; salvation, Lord,
And your unfailing love.
Then you embrace my soul in death,
For I am one with you.


References

1. Everything we have has come from you (1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

2. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

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

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

4. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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

Revive my fading faith

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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).

1. Lord,
Revive my fading faith,
Then I’ll believe in you.

But if you don’t revive my faith,
I’ll still hold fast to you.

2. Lord,
Renew my ebbing hope,
Then I will trust in you.

But if you don’t renew my hope,
I’ll still cling tight to you.

3. Lord,
Repair my dying love,
Then I will worship you.

But if you don’t repair my love,
I’ll still belong to you.

4. Lord,
Restore my failing health,
Then I will follow you.

But if you don’t restore my health,
I’ll still be one with you.

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References

1. I lie in the dust; revive me by your word (Psalm 119:25; NLT).

Believe in the Lord your God (2 Chronicles 20:20; NLT).

Hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 11:22; NIV).

2. Renew my life with your goodness (Psalm 119:40; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Cling tightly to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NLT).

3. I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages (Amos 9:11; NKJV).

Worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

4. Restore me to health and make me live (Isaiah 38:16; ESV).

Follow me and be my disciple (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Every waking moment

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1. Lord,
May I commune with you
In every waking moment.

2. Lord,
May I consult with you,
Each step along the way.

3. Lord,
May I rejoice in you,
And never fail to worship.

4. Lord,
May I give thanks to you,
And never cease to pray.

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References

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I praise you

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1. I praise you, Lord,
For you are great:
So holy, strong,
Supreme.

2. I bless you, Lord,
For you are kind:
You rescue, save,
Redeem.

3. I thank you, Lord,
For you are wise:
So gentle, just,
And good.

4. I bow down low
To worship you, my God:
For you
Are Love.


References

1. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:1; NLT).

God is great! (Psalm 70:4; NLT).

The Lord our God is holy (Psalm 99:9; NLT).

The Lord is glorious and strong (1 Chronicles 16:28; NLT).

The Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below (Joshua 2:11; NLT).

2. Let the whole world bless our God (Psalm 66:8; NLT).

How kind the Lord is

He rescues me (Psalm 35:9; NLT).

He is my shield, the power that saves me (2 Samuel 22:3; NLT).

He redeems me from death (Psalm 103:4; NLT).

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

We thank you, O God! (Psalm 75:1; NLT).

God is so wise and so mighty (Job 9:4; NLT).

Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart (Matthew 11:29; NLT).

Everything he does is just and fair (Deuteronomy 32:4; NLT).

How good he is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

4. Bow down to him alone (2 Kings 17:36; NIV)

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

Lord, I want to pray

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1. Lord,
I want to pray, rejoice,
And thank you.

I want to serve,
Console, forgive,
And love.

2. Lord,
I want to plead
For your forgiveness,

Then follow
In your steps,
Saved by your blood.

3. Lord,
I want to spread
Your priceless gospel,

So others learn
To worship,
And adore.

4. Lord,
I want to bear
My cross to heaven,

Where I
Will lay it down
For evermore.

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References

1. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; 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).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow (1 Thessalonians 3:12; NLT).

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

2. Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

Then [Jesus] 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).

Since we have now been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation (Romans 5:9; NLT).

3. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it (Matthew 13:45-6; CSB).

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16; NIV).

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ (1 Corinthians 9:19; NLT).

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).

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

Your dwelling-place

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I will put my dwelling-place among you
(Leviticus 26:11; NIV).

1. May my flesh, Lord, be a tent,
Where you encamp in light.
Then I’ll spend all my days with you,
And rest with you at night.

2. May my mind, Lord, be a fort,
Where you establish peace.
Then I will pray, rejoice in you,
And worship without cease.

3. May my heart, Lord, be a home,
Where you outpour your love.
Then you will be my inner voice,
And help me to do good.

4. May my soul, Lord, be a shrine,
Where you preside, in grace.
Then you will be my Comforter,
And I your dwelling-place.

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References

1. We know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself (2 Corinthians 5:1; NLT).

I have always moved from one place to another with a tent and a Tabernacle as my dwelling (2 Samuel 7:6; NLT).

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

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

2. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my saviour; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety (2 Samuel 22:2-3; NLT).

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

Rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 32:11; NLT).

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

3. 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).

With the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows (Psalm 130:7; NLT).

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

Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone (Galatians 6:10; NLT).

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

Just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead (Romans 5:21; NLT).

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16; KJV).

I will comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NKJV).

My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people (Ezekiel 37:27; NIV).

Suffused with prayer

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1. Suffused with prayer,
My little cross –
I hold it tight
In joy, and loss.

2. Lord, may I
Be just the same –
Safe in your hands,
Breathing your name.

3. No matter what you send,
I’ll praise
And thank you, Father,
All my days.

4. So, I worship,
And adore –
One with you,
For evermore.

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References

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

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; RSV).

Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

2. I am in your hands – do with me as you think best (Jeremiah 26:14; NLT).

You are my Father (Psalm 89:26; NLT).

Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” Galatians 4:6; NLT).

3. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord! (Job 1:21; NLT).

With every bone in my body I will praise him (Psalm 35:10; NLT).

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

4. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind (1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).