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Glory, Mercy, Love

There is no glory man deserves
For God deserves it all
And if we keep it to ourselves
Becomes our own downfall
 
There is no mercy God reserves
He gives it all to us
He withholds not a single drop
He freely gives it thus
 
God’s love this man clearly observes
He sees it day by day
In every act of kindness
In every single way.

All I Have

With all I have
which is not a lot
with all I am
not that I’m not
with all within me
and all you see
with that that’s costly
and that that’s free
will all my good times
and all my bad
with my shrinking violet
and Jack-the-lad
with pride and anger
shame and humility
with being spirit-filled
and in my humanity
with dragging feet
and gritted teeth
with a skip in my step
and a desire for truth
I come
not because I must
but because I may
Into your presence
I come and stay
In your peace
I wash my face
In your arms
find mercy and grace
In your eyes
are love and hope
with you there
I can cope
all you are
and all I’m not
find completion
there in that spot
all I am
and all I can be
find completion
in your reality.

I stand beside you

I stand beside you
I stand before you
I live inside you
I live just for you
Where you go, I am
Where you hide, I see
When you fear, I stand
When you call, I hear
I died just for you
I died to save you
I rose to free you
I live to prepare a place

Darkness and Light

It’s cold in here and dark
There’s very little light
No one can get to me in here
As long as my eyes stay shut tight
I’m teetering on the edge
Around is black as night
My hope is fading fast
Vanishing out of sight
Alone I sit and think
But thoughts are all diffused
I search for some clarity
In a mind that’s so confused
I long to stir to action
But I haven’t got the strength
I want to find the light
To go to any length
But it’s cold in here and dark
And the light is very dim
I can only close my eyes
And simply wait for Him
But I know that if I stay
If I turn towards His face
He will lift my life again
Fill it with His grace
Bring a light into my darkness
Bring a warmth into my life
Set my foot upon His pathway
Aid me in my strife
He’s the light that shows the tunnel’s end
He’s the hope that never fades
He’s the God who loves the helpless
He’s the God who always saves.

There is a Better Way

He hurt you
She ignored you
They made you feel bad again and again
He used you
She lied to you
They never gave you any love
He beat you
She laughed at you
They always spoke down to you
He left you
She teased you
They never said anything nice to you
You can believe them
You can take on board what they said
And be crushed by what they did
You can let them get to you
You can let them eat you alive from within
You can believe their lies
You can carry that burden
You can buckle under the strain
But there is another way
You can let go
You can believe what God says about you
You can listen to His truth
You can forgive and be released
You can turn your focus away from the hurt
You can learn from the past and move on
You no longer need to be a prisoner
Held captive by the past
Held captive by the words and actions of others
There is a better way
There is a brighter future
A future free from the chains of before
A future full of hope
Full of joy
Full of love
God holds the key to that future
Will you turn and allow Him to unlock it?

The is Near

The Lord is near
He stays close
Turn and He is there
Seek and you will find Him
He never moves away
Where we are heading
He is there already
He has given us His promise
He will never abandon us
Closer than a brother
Like a never fading shadow
He remains by our side
He is not distracted
He never lags behind
Or runs on ahead of us
He hems us in on every side
He surrounds us with His presence
He watches over us as we rest
He picks us up when we stumble
He is an every present help
The Lord is near.

Unreservedly Give

I’ll never get it right
I’ll always say the wrong things
Do the wrong things
I’ll speak when I should be silent
And not say the right things at the right time
I will criticise when I should praise
And condone when I should condemn
However hard I try I will never be good enough
I will always fall short of my own standards
Let alone the standards of others
Or your ultimate standard
I will try, I do try, but I will fail, I do fail
Lord, I thank you for your grace and mercy
I thank you for your endless forgiveness
Help me to receive this from others
More than that O Lord
Help me to show these things to all
As I have undeservedly received may I unreservedly give.

Enough

Hope that gives wings to a million dreams
A tomb that shows death is not as it seems
Love that evaporates every fear
Joy that appears when we draw near
Mercy that places us back on our feet
Grace that causes each heart to beat
Care that brings the comfort we need
Release that sees this captive freed
Wisdom that teaches the way to go
Compassion with us through every woe
Power to bring about all He wills
Peace so worried minds are stilled
Strength to face what comes our way
Provision for each and every day
God with us is all we need
He is enough, enough indeed.

Reign in Us

Where there is a faltering smile you see the pain beneath
When there is anger over small things you see the entire cause
When a tear rolls you know each reason
Where people reach out for help you feel their desperation
You, O God, know all things
You see the end from each new beginning
You hold the solution to every problem
You have the answer before the question has been asked
You go before us
Your stay by our side
You watch our backs
You soar above us
Our deepest desires you know all about
Our every need you provide
You know our hearts, O God
Every motivation, every thought is not hidden from you
We welcome you to take your place
We ask you in to see what you see already
Let us hide nothing from you
Lord Jesus, King of all, reign in us.

Close

Just turn and He is there
A shadow following your every step
Guiding, helping, encouraging
Watching over you like no other
Not interfering or intruding
On hand but not in your face
A constant presence, there for you
By your side every step of the way
On your side day by day