You are my hope, my strength, my refuge
You are my all in all Lord, the Holy One of Israel
Stretch forth your mighty hand Oh Lord
Soothe thou me, pain, hurt, fear, and all
Shield thou me from all evil
Help thou me to reach out to take hold
Hold of that which you have prepared and provided for me
That my joy shall be full in thy presence Oh Lord my righteousness
You who created heaven and earth yet loves me above all
Lord work in me to will to act in order to fulfill all your good pleasure in me
For you ordained me to be victorious over all
To bask in your faithfulness and mercy
May I enter in with joy and gladness of heart Lord
May your name be glorified
To praise God through our trials is to tell the enemy our God is able
It shows gratitude to our Saviour for his ultimate sacrifice for us
It reveals the depth of our faith and trust in God
It reveals God’s strength being made perfect in our weakness
It speaks confidence in the capability of Jesus Christ our Lord
It gives more grace to stand firm to see the salvation of our God
It gives heaven and earth permission to intervene
To make all things beautiful for us even in the midst of the chaos
It allows all things to work together for our good through it all
It doesn’t matter how far gone things have degenerated
Praising our God for who he is does have a transforming effect
Restorative and recreative effect on everything
And it gives us peace, peace that surpasses all understanding
Isn’t that amazing?
Psalm 39 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
when the ungodly are around me.”
2 But as I stood there in silence—
not even speaking of good things—
the turmoil within me grew worse.
3 The more I thought about it,
the hotter I got,
igniting a fire of words:
4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude
6 We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.
8 Rescue me from my rebellion.
Do not let fools mock me.
9 I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
Each of us is but a breath. Interlude
12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!
Listen to my cries for help!
Don’t ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
a traveler passing through,
as my ancestors were before me.
13 Leave me alone so I can smile again
before I am gone and exist no more.