Sunday Praise (50) 8/18/19

Sunday Praise (50) 8/18/19. by me.

What a wonderful new day it is
You’ve given me to live, O Lord.
I thank You for the oppurtunity
To praise You with Your Church.

With brothers and sisters in Christ
I lift up Your holy name, Abba, Father,
None are worthy of all glory and praise,
You deserve it, You’re living and true.

The sun rose and light has filled
The Earth I see until the horizon,
While others sleep so far away
Here the day moves, so active.

The universe is in Your hand,
You’re Creator, Maker, Architect,
Sovereign Ruler, King of kings,
Lord of lords, God Almighty.

The heavens praise You for Your deeds,
The Earth is full of Your glory, Lord,
In many congregations of Your saints,
Your holy name is exalted above all.

How great are Your works, Creator,
Wonderfully deep are Your thoughts,
Your beautiful creation rejoices me,
I’m awe-filled by the works of Your hands.

Many times I had nearly fallen deep
But Your hand of mercy upheld me.
In the increase of troubles in my heart
Your comforts were sweet to my soul.

I will sing to You all the days of my life;
The air in my lungs, heartbeat in my chest,
You’ve given me this gift, Creator of all,
While I have breath I will praise You, Lord.

My heart will bless Your name,
My soul will bless You, God,
With all that is within me
I will praise You, glorify You.

Your love knows no borders,
Truly it is like no other love,
Your mercy humbles me,
Your truth endures forever.

Lord, You’re my life’s foundation,
Christ, the Rock of my salvation,
Worthy to be loved and obeyed,
Above all exalted in the highest.

What I see and hear and read
I will use to praise You, Lord,
Lover of my soul, my all in all,
You’re my everything, living God.

Strong Leader, teach me to follow You,
Teach to love and obey You more daily,
I know I fail and stumble and fall often,
You reach out Your hand, You help me.

Teach me to do Your will, Abba,
To obey You as Christ obeyed You,
To trust in You with my whole heart
And not lean on my own understanding.

Teach me to love Your commandments,
Teach me to obey them as I should,
To learn obedience as Jesus Christ did,
As a child loves and obeys a loving parent.

Because of Your mercy, O Lord,
I have not died, have not perished,
You have shown me how to live,
You’re the Way, the Truth, the Life.

I find no greater comfort here than
Knowing You love me, God in Heaven,
You’ve saved me, gave me a new life,
I am Yours now and forevermore, Lord.

Great is Your faithfulness, God,
You are mighty in the highest,
You’re exalted in all the nations,
You’re exalted in all the Earth.

From everlasting to everlasting
You are the true and living God,
There is no other Savior but Christ,
There is no other God but You!

What You have given all of us
I praise You for everything, Lord,
Ever be exalted, Christ Jesus,
Glory to You my Savior, the Word.

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We could all…

We could all care more.

We can learn.

We can try.

It’s not pointless.

It makes a difference.

-by me

When we get too distracted…

When we get too distracted
And take our eyes off of Christ
We lose the strength we need
To fight the battles
That come daily in our life.
May God help us trust in Him,
To fix our eyes on Jesus Christ,
To grow in faith and love.
God is our hope and victory.

-by me

Sunday Praise (49) 8/11/19

Sunday Praise (49) 8/11/19. by me.

God, it’s You I see
Everywhere I go,
You’re not silent,
You’re not inactive.

You’re the living God,
You’re the true God,
Master, Potter, Maker,
Creator, Sustainer, Lord.

Deliverer, Redeemer, Savior,
King of kings, Lord of lords,
Heavenly Father, Sovereign,
Love, Light, Consuming Fire.

My life is in You, Sustainer,
My hope is in You, Deliverer,
My strength is in You, Lord,
My salvation is in You, Savior.

I’m not as wise as I could be
But You’re daily teaching me,
Conforming me to Christ’s likeness,
Making me who I should really be.

It’s not a quick process,
I’m not a quick learner,
But You’re a patient Teacher
And You’re a loving Father.

With strength and love
Fill my life, loving Lord,
I’m always in need of You,
You’re my all in all, my everything.

Not a day goes by that I don’t have
Something to thank You for, God,
Not a moment goes by that I don’t need
You in my soul and heart and life, Abba.

I took some moments today
To look around and observe
Things I see daily but overlook
For the workweek’s busyness.

I can see nature’s not silent,
It’s not here to merely exist,
Creation points to You,
It glorifies You, God Almighty.

I see the grass on the ground
And the leaves on the trees,
I see the clouds and blue sky
It’s all the work of Your hands.

You put it there for a reason,
It’s not there without purpose,
It’s not a meaningless thing,
It’s all there for Your glory.

You have given it a voice,
The breeze begins to speak,
You have given it a way
To praise You, Creator.

I receive what You’ve given,
Bask in the present moment,
The world seems calmer now,
I rest in Your presence, Abba.

Here I am and here are You,
You’re always with me, God,
But feelings of loneliness
Come and go often, Lord.

I know I can’t run away from You
Yet sometimes I try because I sin
And shame fills me, I want to hide
But I can’t hide from Your light.

When I sin, You convict me,
You call me to repentance,
You still forgive, You still love,
Abba, You call me to Yourself.

I have made many more mistakes
Than there are hairs upon my head,
I’ve done more wrong than I remember,
You’ve forgiven me more than I deserve.

It’s good for me to be with You,
Whatever happens, You’re with me,
Your love humbles me, Father,
I praise You for all that You are!

Holy One, I am unclean, I’m guilty,
I make the choices to speak ill,
My heart needs cleansing, Lord,
Remove the filth, purge out the poison.

It’s good to praise You, God,
I need to do it more often,
I want to always be sincere
When I praise and worship You.

May I worship You, holy God,
In spirit and in truth always,
Giving You what is Your due,
Giving You what You deserve.

You’ve rejoiced my heart,
You’re the God of my salvation,
I am amazed that You love,
Forever Yours, nevermore alone.

My heart will rejoice in You,
Praise will come to You,
Holy One, be blessed forever
And glorified for all eternity.

You are worthy to be loved,
Worthy to be praised, adored,
Deserving of glory and worship,
Deserving of our lives and hearts.

Glory to You in the highest,
Blessed be Your holy name,
I will thank You and praise You
Until I die and then forevermore.

Sunday Praise (48) 8/4/19

Sunday Praise (48) 8/4/19. by me.

You’ve given us a new day
To live, to grow, to learn.
You’re still worthy of praise
And You always will be, God.

It’s actually quite amazing
How much You love us,
We don’t deserve it, Lord,
But You do it for You are love.

I enter Your holy presence
With a fear You’ve given me,
A reverence, a humble stance,
My sincere but imperfect love.

Lord, there’s still so much
We don’t know even about You,
Your Word reveals enough for us,
Let it live in our hearts and memory.

Nearer and nearer I want to be
To You who knows me completely,
You’ve created me, You’ve saved me
From sin, from Hell, from damnation.

You’ve given me a new heart,
You’ve given me a new life,
I’m born again, You live in me
And Your Holy Spirit indwells me.

Teach me to walk in Your ways,
Teach me to love and to obey You,
Teach me to do more for You,
Teach me to do all for Your glory.

I’m starting to see better why
You deserve all the glory, God.
I’m realizing why we all need You,
I can see we’re nothing without You.

I still fall, stumble, fail and sin so often
But I can come to You, heavenly Father,
Your Spirit convicts me of my sins
And leads me to confess and repent.

Say “Silence!” and every mouth closes,
Come closer and the whole Earth shakes,
Judge all and everyone confesses they’re guilty,
When You come, You bring the end, Lord!

Look upon this dying world
And it starts to melt away
Before Your holiness, Lord,
None can stand against You!

If we’d see more things clearer
We’d realize something important:
You are holy, righteous, perfect, just,
Loving, merciful, compassionate, kind.

We all need holy fear, healthy and rational,
Real reverence and honor and humility,
Break us and remake us, our Maker,
Teacher, teach us to obey You.

You restore us and we are humbled,
You save us and we are Yours, God,
Our hearts will fill with sincere thanksgiving,
We will pour out a sea of praise to You!

I can safely fear You
Before I learn to love You,
Learning more about You,
Learning to know You, God.

Father, I’m a child in need
Of Your grace and mercy
Every day, every moment
Of this life You’ve given me.

Abba, I don’t know how many
Of Your children feel alone now,
How many need Your reminder
That You are always with us.

What a good thing, what an honor,
To know You care about us, love us,
It’s amazing, really, that You do, Lord.
What’s better than knowing You love us?

God, You still find and save the lost,
You still make the broken whole,
You still give new life to so many,
You’re still showing grace and mercy.

Savior, only You’ve touched my heart
And took hold of me when I was lost,
You’ve saved me, I live in Christ now,
I’m led by Your Holy Spirit daily, Lord.

You gave me of Yourself what I needed,
You’ve shown me I’ve always needed You,
You’re the one my soul was always searching for,
You’re the only one who truly satisfies me.

My soul cries out to You for mercy,
My heart desires Your grace daily,
I want to know You better and better,
I’ll never get bored or tired of You, God.

Every true line I’ve ever written about You
Won’t be forgotten even when time stops.
Every word I said or wrote to You
You still remember, You won’t forget.

Nearer, nearer to You I want to be,
Closer, closer to You I need to be.
I know You won’t leave or forsake
Me and all Your children, Father.

God, You’re still wooing me,
You’re calling me to Yourself,
You discipline, reprove, correct,
You’re making me who I should be.

Why do some people hate You?
Why do some say You don’t exist?
Why do so many disobey You?
You are the true and living God!

For the blood that Christ shed,
For the price He paid to save me,
For all He suffered and endured,
I am forever thankful, grateful, God.

There’s still so much I don’t know,
I don’t claim to have all the answers,
Teach me, open my heart and mind,
Let Your Word live in me daily, Lord.

Until the day that I die
I will praise and love You,
Forevermore I am Yours,
Forevermore I’ll be with You.