Marvelous Salvation

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God,

You are sovereign and in control,

your voice thunders through the mighty waves,

your power manifests through lightning and thunder storms,

your majesty rests on snowcapped mountaintops, sunrise to sunset,

you are alive and enthroned in the heavens,

interested, intimately involved in all the affairs of man.

In your great mercy, you’ve extended rest

to this broken world of self reliance and rebellion,

so far removed from knowing you, understanding your ways.

We’ve made such a mess Lord,

forgive us.

That you’d call us,

through the voice of your Son,

once a baby, now a grown man,

the eternal once and future Word,

the King of kings of kings,

and save us all, your enemies,

from birth, from corrupted DNA

back to Adam and Eve.

Your love is unfathomable,

I can’t understand why…

only that you are God,

and I am not.

Your ways are higher than mine,

your thoughts than my thoughts.

I humble my heart before you Lord,

and ask that it would be your good pleasure

to reveal yourself to me,

your heart, your love and grace,

please grow me, mature me in your love and ways,

as you heal and help me surrender,

and user me into the fullness of your rest

by your gracious invitation.

Thank you Lord,

you alone are worthy to be praised.

Amen.

Known By Life

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Abba,

Your love overwhelms me,

I’m amazed that you see me,

your child, your own,

a speck of dust,

standing as a separate entity,

before your glorious presence.

You knew the choices of my father, my father’s father,

and my own, made in sin, would lead me

down paths of heartache and bondage.

Yet that you would appoint me to believe,

grant repentance to me that leads to life,

and open my heart to your Son —

I’m in awe of your mercy.

In the midst of my struggles and brokenness,

you cherish, treasure, and dignify me,

and honor my free will and choice.

Lord, you have loved me with an everlasting love,

I bless you for your salvation,

I praise you for your joyous shouts over my life,

your delight in leaning in and hearing my voice,

and answering the movements of my heart.

I am nothing without you,

you make me everything I was meant to be,

you give me life.

God you are so good,

thank you for knowing you, knowing life!

Amen.

Rest Secure

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Lord,

I thank you that I can come freely to you,

and lay my tangled self in your loving hands.

I praise you that you know me,

where to begin healing me,

gently touching my heart, shining your light,

speaking truth, and releasing darkness.

You work in ways non-linear,

beyond my comprehension and understanding,

hovering over my chaos and mess,

bringing your order, life, and beauty.

I rest, trusting in your perfect timing,

to bring up the depths of my heart to cleanse,

it was never my duty,

never my work,

to disentangle, scrub, and bring perfection.

You have done it all,

and I humble my heart again

to draw close to you,

and by faith, receive all that you have done for me,

dying for each and every one of my sins,

and giving me in exchange, your perfect, beautiful life.

I rest secure in your love.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Love Hears

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Abba,

Thank you for your love,

that you bend down from heaven and incline your ear,

to hear my feeble cries.

I praise you for your loving kindness and humility,

for your Spirit that comes into the middle of my fractured mess,

accepting my heart, frailty, and fragility with mercy.

I bless you for your presence,

your answers, solutions, and divine coincidences,

that speed healing, life, and restoration within me

that I could never conjure or figure out for myself.

I repent to you Lord,

for all the ways I control and fix on my own

leading to so much more heartache and pain.

Thank you for your patience and kindness,

always receiving me back,

gently comforting and healing,

loving me into wholeness and truth,

cleansing and washing my feet once more,

so I can rest and wholly abide in you again,

safe and secure as your child.

I bless you Abba,

Amen.

He Hears Me

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Lord of my righteousness,

I cry out to you in distress,

needing your help and strength once again,

please don’t turn me away as I come with feeble arms,

my heart is low, and my spirit defeated within me.

O Lord, I remember your faithfulness,

how you have provided comfort, relief, and mercy,

the strength of your presence, lightness, and joy before.

Remember me in your loving kindness now,

and hear my spirit’s cry where words are strangled in my throat.

Lord look upon me in favor

because I have put faith in you alone.

I lift my heart to you and worship you

because you alone and always

are worthy, holy, and good.

Your delight lifts me up as you inhabit my praise,

I settle my spirit before you,

trusting you see and know me,

and love me all the way.

I bless your name.

Amen.

Bless The Lord

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I bless you Lord,

with all my soul,

I bless your holy Name.

I look to you,

and touch the hem of your garment,

and sigh a breath of relief,

remembering your benefits,

your loving kindness and mercy,

forgiving me of all my sin,

touching and healing all of my diseases.

You’ve taken me up from my pit of despair,

and constantly prove your mercy and kindness as I turn to you.

You are with me,

and you give me the crown of thanksgiving and praise to you.

When I have been hopeless and exhausted,

you met me with continual grace and goodness.

I bless you Lord,

with all my soul,

I bless your precious Name.

Amen.

Deliver Me

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Lord,

I remember you are kind, loving, and good,

unpredictable and unchanging,

other and intimate.

I cast my cares onto you today,

deliver me from my anxieties that I wear like a coat of brambles,

I shed it off before your feet,

coming with wounds and broken skin,

trusting you will anoint me with your peace — a healing salve.

Deliver me from the fear of man,

from other’s criticisms and quick judgements,

from putting others on a pedestal in your place,

crowding out your voice and mine.

Fill me, rest on my family,

with the fear of the Lord,

and the spirit of wisdom, revelation,

knowledge, understanding,

discernment and insight,

that we may learn, know, obey,

and walk in your ways,

and be blessed.

Take the preeminence in our lives,

be pleased to encamp in our midst,

that all fear, worries, and anxiety,

would melt away in the comfort of your light,

and the shelter of your wings.

Amen.

Rest

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Abba,

I praise you for the finished work of your Son.

Thank you for our King, Prophet, and great High Priest —

knowing you, knowing me,

having passed through this life,

with fragile skin,

as human as I am,

but without sin.

Thank you for intimately knowing and understanding my weakness and failures,

interceding for me, you’re on my side,

encouraging me, rooting me on.

You are my hope Lord,

who lived the perfect life before God,

being the blood sacrifice for my sins,

taking my punishment, dying my death.

You ascended and passed through into the heavens,

and are now seated at the throne of grace,

lovingly extending your scepter,

generously pouring out your favor and blessing,

anointing me with oil in undeserved mercy and kindness.

Today,

help me to hear your voice,

to trust and believe you,

to not shrink back from the light of your Word,

piercing my soul, separating bone and marrow,

exposing my need, my desperation, my pride, my unbelief.

Draw me to you Lord,

I ask you for faith,

and the grace to enter into your salvation,

and the fullness of your rest,

today and all the days of my life into eternity.

I bless you that you alone are God,

my Savior, my Messiah.

Amen.