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Spiritual darkness

 

Lord,

When I’m in  
Spiritual darkness,

I’m simply in the shadow
Of your wing. 

 

References

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23: 4; NLT).

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

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Hide and seek

Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

You and I both belong to God (Job 33:6; NLT).

Save me, for I serve you and trust you (Psalm 86:2; NLT).

 

Lord,
Please hide me
In the shadow of your wings,

And seek me out
Each time I go astray;

For I belong to you
Throughout my life,

And I want to serve you
More and more each day.

 

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Empty and full

Empty and full

Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!
(Psalm 89:47; NLT).

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint
(Isaiah 40:31; NLT).


Lord,
Until a few weeks ago,
I used to call
The way I feel
When I’m tired and drained
Depressed.

Then, as time passed,
Self-pitying
Seemed more accurate.

Next, I recognised that
Flat
Was even better.

But now I know that
Empty
Is the perfect word.

Lord,
When I’m empty,
Help me to be patient –
Trusting in you,
And resting quietly,
While you fill me with new strength.

Then I will soar like an eagle again,
Run without weariness,
Walk, and not faint.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed

“But I will show you whom you should fear: fear him [God] who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him”
(Luke 12:58; NIV).

“I am nothing” (Job 40:4; NLT).

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection (Psalm 57:1; NLT).

Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8; NLT).

And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish (Matthew 8:25; KJV).


Father,
I’m afraid!

You are too great
For me.

Too strong
And overwhelming.

Too powerful
And awesome.

I am nothing before you,
My Lord and my God.

Have mercy on me –
Hide me in the shadow
Of your wings.

Save me,
Or I perish!

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