Sweet Surrender

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Lord,

I worship you

God of my surrender,

taking my sticky fears,

washing me with your blood,

granting me a new filter

of love

to see with renewed eyes,

a heart of flesh,

your heart beating in mine,

replacing my stony tablets,

my control

with Spirit and life.

You hear my cries,

untangle me from grasping sins

in a moment,

you hide me under your hand,

deliver me from within,

my shackles loosen without,

my enemies,

now a witness with me,

of your love and mercy,

transforming us both,

healing and making all things,

old things,

right, whole, good,

establishing your truth,

your love,

your light.

You make all things new.

I praise you for your deliverance

and I bless you

precious Lord,

Lord of my salvation.

Amen.

Finding Life Again

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I bless you Lord,

for your sovereignty, control, and care over my life.

Thank you for taking the reigns

over my heart, my relationships,

my past, present, and future.

I bless you Lord that as I relinquish my control to you,

laying at your feet,

my needs, wants, expectations, and desires,

you meet me with better —

your beautiful presence,

your belonging and acceptance,

your wonderful guidance,

your friendship,

for the yoke you’d share with me,

a perfect fit for the burden I share with you,

which becomes light and easy

as you give shalom peace

for the works you’ve given me to fulfill,

and the paths of righteousness you have called me to.

You are the Word,

that spoke all creation into existence,

and knew me before the world’s foundations were laid.

You are the source of Life,

and in you I find a fountain of living water,

restoration and life abundant.

Amen.

The Lord Is God

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Beautiful Lord,

anointed by the Spirit of the living God,

on mission to deliver the good news

to those who are sick, castaway, rejected, and afflicted,

I praise you Messiah for saving me,

for binding up my broken heart,

the Balm of Gilead for this hurting world.

I praise you for delivering me from the confines of my iron cage.

disintegrating the bars of my control, proving, and striving,

releasing me from the darkness of my fears and anxiety.

Lord, you save.

And my enemies that spun lies and deception,

tempting my darkened heart to despair and grasping false hopes,

from my broken DNA to ripened sin,

lost, lost, lost in a tangled web of grief and regret —

you obliterate and have crushed them under your heel.

Your day of vengeance and retribution has come.

and your absolute victory — certain and true.

You take me from grief and mourning,

you are the lifter of my head,

washing mind, body, and soul with comfort and hope.

You anoint my head with the oil of joy,

my cup overflows.

You are the giver of good and perfect gifts,

and praise wells up in my heart,

and my heavy spirit is shed off like old, dead skin.

Yeshua, you are Adonai,

you are Messiah, Deliverer, Healer,

the Way, the Truth, the Life,

the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

You make me yours —

a tree of righteousness,

strong, holy, bold, righteous, and true,

it is your work,

I gratefully surrender my life, my heart, my relationships to you,

so take control of my life

and have your way in me.

You are merciful, just, and true.

Amen.

The Lord Is Close

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Precious Lord,

Thank you for being close,

that when I draw near, you draw nearer still,

thank you that you incline your ear to hear my cries,

that you already know every word before it passes my tongue,

you know every nuance and movement of my heart.

I praise you that you are the answer,

you have the answers,

you are the way, the truth, and the life.

I surrender moment by moment,

my needs and burdens, desires and questions to you.

trusting in your timing and answers.

Renew a right spirit within me Lord,

grant me godly confidence, faith and courage,

vision of your will,

to follow and obey you with diligence and faithfulness,

all the while communing with your Spirit,

aligning with your Word,

I put my trust and hope in you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Sweet Forgetfulness

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Lord,

I bless you for your presence,

gentle and humble in heart,

warming the center of my spirit,

elysian springs of eternal waters

bursting in me.

To know you as my center,

to regard you as my life,

keeping my gaze focused on you,

by your grace,

transports me to here,

now I am present,

in sweet forgetfulness of my past,

and the worries of my future,

knowing I follow my good Shepherd

through this day,

trusting this is exactly where I need to be,

where I belong,

in your presence.

Amen.

Surrender

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Lord,

Thank you for meeting my deepest grief with your comfort,

fulfilling my loss and longing with your presence,

finding me when I was bewildered, confused and lost.

I praise you that wherever I am, wherever I go,

I’m yours and will always belong.

Thank you for delivering me from my fears,

my fear of man, being invisible, unseen, unknown, rejected.

I’m seen, known, understood, and loved,

with your Spirit within me transforming me into your poetry.

Deliver me out of the spirit of this age,

rebellion, witchcraft, self reliance, and doing things my way.

I’ve made a mess out of my life,

and I ask for grace to surrender all to you.

I repent to you of my perfectionism and performance,

abandoning control over my life, my relationships, and my heart,

asking you to come in and take over,

please rule and reign over all of me.

Cleanse me once more with the spirit of the fear of the Lord,

implant in me the desire, motivation, and hunger to seek after you,

to want you most,

to love, obey, cherish and guard your Word and Spirit within me and without.

Let me trust in you with all my heart,

moment by moment,

not in my own understanding,

acknowledging you in all my ways,

that you would make my path straight,

and guide me in the narrow way to find and know your life abundant.

I bless you Lord,

you are the only Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Amen.

Drops

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Lord,

one glance,

of your clear blue eyes

like beckoning waters

sparkling in sun,

one drop

of your presence,

your peace,

lapped up

by the cracks and crevices

of this dry, weary soul,

restores me,

sets me right,

grounds me,

and replenishes me,

for just the next step,

one more.

I praise you for the drop,

the waterfalls,

the trickles,

the rivers and streams,

it is all you,

to faithfully guide me,

discipline me,

bless me,

and lead me straight to you.

Amen.

Beautiful Salvation

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Abba,

I praise your for our Messiah,

who has saved us in mercy into rightful relationship with you.

I praise you that you knew our grief

from the moment of birth,

the loss of our connection to you,

the longing for your love, for things unseen,

for heavenly realms with words lacking to describe,

not knowing what I don’t know,

only feeling utterly lost, alone in a world that lies about you.

And you closed the gap,

sending salvation,

your heart bleeding through your Son,

showing in life, in flesh, in time, on earth,

your glory, beauty, holiness, and love,

witnessed by the world.

I praise you for sending the hounds of heaven

throughout history and time to chase us

down generations and family lines to each individual heart,

the Spirit hovering over all our chaos, rage, and pain,

bringing life,

showing a different way,

lighting the narrow path,

the small, humble steps to your glory and bliss,

rooting us in righteousness,

your hand firmly holding us

that we would no longer be swept away.

I praise you for your mercy, long-suffering, and faithfulness,

your love, and your hand that is mighty to save.

I bless your name, Holy One of Israel,

for bringing salvation to the world,

and seeing me,

a speck in history,

to set apart and make yours.

Thank you Abba, I worship you and love you.

I pray let your glorious light of mercy and truth,

grace and love

shine through me.

Amen.

Praise To You

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Lord,

I praise you for my breath,

my body, my bones,

that you have chosen to make your dwelling place.

Come into the center of my being,

make your abode in me,

let my heart be pure, my spirit clean,

that you would be comfortable and pleased.

I praise you for the freedom

to submit and choose you,

you who chose and made me,

unique and original,

one voice to join the heavenly symphony of worship to you.

You are beautiful, worthy of all praise,

and I bless you.

Amen.