The light shining in the darkness. The anchor in the chaos. The lifeline in the quicksand. You are my God and Rock. Peace in the midst of turmoil. Mercy in my suffering. Compassion when all seems lost. You are my God and Hope. When the wind and the waves rage. When the lion lurks in the shadows. When the enemy fires his arrows. You are my God and Shield. I know I am never alone. For You are my loving Father. Being Your precious child. I praise You through Christ my Lord.
“my little children, for whom I am again in anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” [Galatians 4:19]
Oh my flock, how I want you to know. How I want you to grow. And therefore it is the Word I seek to bestow. For you see, I am a shepherd, called to help you comprehend, called to feed and to tend. To show it is Christ who your broken life will mend. He is the One I want you to know, and thus He is the one in whom I want you to grow. Oh my flock, His heart is amazing to behold, and thus I may often get very bold, for it’s His Truth that I don’t want to go untold. And thus I echo the anguish of Paul’s heart, And thus I will never stop until I impart, God’s Word, that others from Him will never be apart.
To give thanks and praise to You, oh God, is the joy of my heart. And how can it not be? You gave me Jesus to redeem me from my sins. You defeated sin, Satan and the power of death through the cross. You gave me the hope of everlasting Life through the empty tomb. You showed incredible love, grace and mercy to an obstinate sinner. Holy God, You are so worthy of worship and praise. Time and capacity prohibits me from naming all the reasons. But, I look forward to the day when I will have eternity to name the reasons to praise You. How can one not praise You? How can one not raise their hands to You? How can anyone not fall on their knees in worship of You? It’s because they do not know You – help me to know You more that my praise of You will bring You more and more glory. Receive my praise – for it is the joy of my heart.
My eyes are closed yet the sun is shining through; My fleshly barrier cannot hold back the light. This reality proclaims the truth of the Light – and I smile. As I smile, I listen. I listen to the nature chorus. Birds of all kinds contribute. A dog barks wanting to join the chorus. Soon an insect offers their voice and the chorus grows. The music is unique – nothing like it will ever be heard. The music is rhythmic – no practice was required. The music is lively – singing praises to the Creator. Oh God, You have ordained praise and nature sings. You have given me Life, and my heart rejoices. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness will never overcome. I listen I rejoice I smile
God of abundance – my Creator and generous God. To look around is to see Your kingdom, for all is Yours. Nothing that has been made, or ever will be made, was made outside Your sovereign reign. You are mighty beyond imagination – the Lord of armies. You are glorious above all gods – the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You are rich beyond all measure – more precious than diamonds. Nothing and no one compares with You. Holy God I want to know YOU better and better that I may treasure YOU more and more – high above all worldly riches. Show me Your glory in Jesus Christ that I may see and know the storehouse of Your grace and mercy causing me to fall deeper and deeper in love with You. Create in me a clean heart so that nothing my impede Your residence in my heart. You are my treasure and therefore I am rich beyond all measure. To You be all glory, honor and worship through Christ Jesus my Lord, Amen.
I have been praying a certain prayer recently. It’s a prayer that God has been faithful to answer not because I am saying the “right” words. It’s been the Holy Spirit slapping me up across the head in the midst of worry and anxiety – refocusing my attention…
I’ve got this.
…I have prayed these words and have felt the peace of God – my sovereign Lord, Father and Creator. Therefore, it is a prayer that I will continue today and in all my tomorrows. Will you pray with me?
Sovereign God, You were faithful yesterday as You took my tomorrow. Receive my today all for Your glory. Take my tomorrow that I may rest in Your peace this day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Just in case you need another reason to praise and worship God, I thought I would offer this. God painted this scene this morning behind our church building and I just had to share this. To God be the glory!
It is right, oh God and it is our joy to give You thanks and praise at all times and in all places – to limit our praise and thanks to a single moment in time is impossible. Therefore, we offer our worship in every moment and with our very lives. For You give us peace through holding all our tomorrows. You give us Life through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son. You give us love for You are love. And so, it is our great pleasure to join with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven in singing Your unending praise…