solitude, silence, stillness, darkness, contemplation, prayer,

Do not fear the darkness

 

Do not fear the darkness
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread the clouds
That hide the sky.

For this is how he shields us
From his overwhelming glory – 

Protect us from your face, Lord,
Or we die.

Do not fear the stillness 
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his silence, 
But his cry.

For this is how he shields us
From his terrifying power –

Protect us from your voice, Lord,
Or we die.

Do nor fear the solitude
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his anguish,
Or his sigh.

For this is how he shields us
From his all-consuming anger –

Protect us from your fire, Lord,
Or we die.

 

References

He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him (Psalm 18:11-12; NLT).

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the Lord, or they will die (Exodus 19:21; NLT).

The Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath (Zephaniah 1:14; NIV). 

God’s voice thunders and the earth melts! (Psalm 46:6; NLT).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die! (Exodus 20:19; NLT).

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this blazing fire, for we will die (Deuteronomy 18:16; NLT).

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Spend time alone

Spend time alone
To seek God’s holy presence;

Be silent   
As you listen for his voice.  

With eyes closed
You may see his dazzling glory;

And in stillness
You may join his sacred dance. 

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References

He [Jesus] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

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

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

 Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

Be still before the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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Silent awe

The whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

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

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Lord,

When I am deep
In contemplation,

My inner darkness
Opens, to reveal

Your glory, in all things,
Including me.

Then I worship you,
My God,

In silent awe.

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Rejoice

The whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

“You created all things” (Revelation 4:11; NLT).

There is one Lord … who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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


Lord,
I rejoice that
The glory,
Life,
And energy
In all created things
Has come from you,
Is part of you,
And will return to you
One day.

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God’s glory

“God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars” (Job 25:5; NLT).

From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship (Psalm 19:1; NIV).

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

“For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21; NKJV).

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 13:43; NLT).


Lord,
You are more glorious
Than the moon.
Your radiance is brighter
Than the stars,
And your light streams
From everything you make –
Including us.

May we, too,
Shine like the sun
In your kingdom today.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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