Good and bad

 

God sees the good    
And bad in us
With never-failing
Clarity;

And, even when 
We make him sad, 
He loves us
Unconditionally. 

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

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

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

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

I find you

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

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

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

 

In the darkest recess
Of my mind,
I find you,
My Lord, my God.

In the saddest corner
Of my heart,
I find you,
My Lord, my God.

And in the loneliest depths
Of my soul,
I find you,
My Lord, my God.

Life

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

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

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7; NIV).

Yea, 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).


Lord,
Thank you for being with me,
Whatever life brings –

When things go smoothly,
And when they fall apart,

When I’m well,
And when I’m ill,

When I’m happy,
And when I’m sad.

Lord,
Thank you for being with me,
Whatever life brings.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Restoration

Restoration 

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).

“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).

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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


Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth.

My body is weak –
Help me to find strength
In your power.

My mind is sad –
Help me to find hope
In your Word.

My heart is lonely –
Help me to find joy
In your presence.

My soul is empty –
Help me to find fulfilment
In your love.

Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth,
I pray.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

God’s presence

Constantly being aware of God’s presence throughout the day, and when we wake at night, is a vital part of Christian life, yet it can be so difficult to practice. There may be long, busy periods of the day when we are so distracted that we forget about God altogether. It can then come as something of a shock when we remember him, and turn to him once more. Today’s prayer reminds us to ask for help to stay continuously in touch with him.

God’s presence

* I keep the LORD always before me (Psalm 16:8; NIV).
* And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? (Luke 18:7).
* On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night (Psalm 63:6; N|V).
* …when I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18; NIV).
* Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice (Psalm 55:17).
* …surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

Alert or drowsy,
Well or ill,
Busy or resting,
Happy or sad –
May I never forget
Your presence,
My Lord and my God.