Tag Archives: Trials and Tests

Grace is Greater

 His grace is greater
 Than all my troubles
 He watches o’er me
 When I fall down
  
 His grace is greater
 Than all my weakness
 He keeps me floating
 When I could drown
  
 His grace is greater
 Than all my struggles
 He walks beside me
 When I’m alone
  
 His grace is greater
 Than my temptations
 He speaks so softly
 And gives me hope
 Just enough for today
 And not for tomorrow
 Yesterday’s grace is gone
 Day after day
 Like the manna from heaven
 I have to depend on Him
  
 Grace, grace, Great grace
 Greater than all my life could need
 Grace, grace
 God’s grace
 Grace that is greater than anything. 
Effective Prayer

Even When

 Even when I'm hurting
 Even when I cannot hear your voice
 I'll praise your name
  
 Even when I'm lonely
 Even when I cannot feel your touch
 'll praise your name
  
 Even when my life seems out of place
 Even when a smile evades my face
 Even when I've lost that sense of grace
 I will praise you
 
 I will praise you
 I will lift your name up high
 I will praise you
 I will lift you up
 For you are worthy of my praise
  
 Even when I'm troubled
 Even when I don't deserve your grace
 I'll praise your name
  
 Even when I'm humbled
 Even when I feel I've fallen down
 I'll praise your name
  
 Even when my thought life isn't great
 Even when my prayers all seem to late
 Even when I've lost that sense of grace
 I will praise you
 
 I will praise you
 I will lift your name up high
 I will praise you
 I will lift you up
 For you are worthy of my praise

Lay Your Burdens Down

 Early morning, waiting
 To hear the voice of God
 Calling to me deep within my heart
 Listening so intently
 For the Spirit's call
 
 Suddenly His voice comes like a shout
 I am here to heal you
 Lay your burdens down
 Let me touch you where it hurts the most
 I am here to save you
 Give me everything
 
 Let me hold you in my loving arms
 I hear Him calling, longing
 To draw me close to Him
 So he can speak so gently in my ear
 I slowly turn to greet Him
 Into my life this day
 
 And then I hear Him speak some words of cheer
 I am here to rescue
 Take you from your trials
 Bring you into freedom from your flesh
 Let me overwhelm you
 Fill you with my grace
 
 Give you faith to overcome your fears
 Finally I yield to Him
 Peace does flood my soul
 The world and all its trials fades away
 I'm leaning on His bosom
 He holds me in His arms
 
 I'm ready to go out and face the day
 For He has come and spoken
 Truth into my life
 That He is with everywhere I go
 And I can rest assured
 That He is always mine
 And in His loving hands I find my home.

It’s All Good

 When I come up against an ocean of fear
 And doubt surrounds me like the enemy
 There is nowhere to turn for escape
 There is nowhere to hide
 Defeat seems imminent
 I hear you say
 It’s all good
  
 When the trials are hotter than I can stand
 And the lion is waiting in his den
 There is no hope for relief
 There is nowhere to run
 Death is right around the corner
 I hear you say
 It’s all good
  
 I turned the sea to dry land
 I turned air into manna
 I turned water into wine
 I turned bones into flesh
 I turned walls into rubble
 I turned death to life
 I turned all these things before
 I can turn them again
  
 So when all seems lost
 And there’s nothing left to do
 Turn to Jesus
 Turn to prayer                       
 Turn to peace
 Turn to joy
 Turn to hope
 Because in the end
 No matter what it looks like now
 No matter how bad it might seem
 No matter what you think
 God says it’s all good 

You Overrun Me

Sometimes I find myself running. Running away from you
Habits and traits of the past will surface and I don’t know what to do
I feel I have called on your mercy much more than you want me to
So I turn and just start running.  Running away from you
 
But you overrun me.  You won’t let me go
You catch me in full stride.  My running is slowed
It’s then that your mercy and grace is bestowed
You pour out your love.  You pour out your love
 
Then I look into your eyes.  Tears roll down my cheeks
I know that your strength has overcome my weakness
You take me in your arms and I can hardly speak
My head rests on your shoulder.  Your mercy at its peak
 
You overrun me when life gets me down
I know in the flood of shame you won’t let me drown
You take off my garment and give me a gown
You pour out your love.  You pour out your love
 
You turn me around and we walk in your grace
I look and I see a smile on your face
I can’t help but wonder what you see in me
That when I run away you come after me
 
Your love overruns me when I go astray
Your mercy and grace will not go away
So I sing this song and give you my praise
You pour out your love on me
 
In the song Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing the last verse says “Prone to wander Lord I feel it. Prone to leave this God I love.”  That is our human condition.  This flesh we live in, that our souls live in, is prone to walk away from the statutes of God.  We find ourselves running from the very God who has saved us and died for us.  We run because we feel shame, or guilt, or unloved or alone.  We run because we don’t think God will forgive us again for that foul mouth, or that lying tongue, or our impulsive flesh. But nothing could be farther from the truth. 
 
In the parable of the prodigal son we find the father looking for His son to come home after he had been gone for weeks, or months or years.  We don’t know how long the son had been gone.  The father was always watching for him, hoping he would come home.  When that day came that he saw his son in the distance, he ran to meet him.  He ran to welcome his son home, to pour out his love on him and embrace him.  I can see the son as his father came running, turn and start to run away, afraid of what the father might do to him.  But the father overran him and wrapped his arms around him and pour out grace and mercy on him.  He loved his son just like God loves us!

Endure

When I am desperate for a touch from God
And He seems so far away
I lean on friends and those I trust
To get me through each day
 
Sometimes I understand His plan
And other times I don't
But I always know He's in control
And that truth I won't let go.
 
I hurt deep down inside today
For the trouble of a friend
I can only trust the Lord will show
His strong and mighty hand.
 
For when darkness clouds each weary day
And the sun seems dim and weak
I know my God will come to me
How I long to hear Him speak
 
He'll tell me that He loves me
And His plan is good and sure
He'll tell me that He knows my hurt
He'll tell me to endure
 
He'll tell me in the end I'll see
Why I had to walk this road
Until that time, He'll carry me
And lighten up my load

Through the Storm

I come to you down on my knees
Hoping you will hear my plea
Ease my suff'ring ease my pain
So I can praise you once again
 
You speak to me so plain and clear
Making sure that I will hear
When you praise me through the storm
I will rescue you from harm
 
Through the storm I'll praise you 
Through the storm I'll worship 
Every trial
Every test
Will find me praising you
 
I rise up from my knees in haste
I lift my voice in grateful praise
Your word has spoken to my heart
From your praise I'll not depart
 
Hallelujah hallelujah 
Hallelujah to my King
Hallelujah hallelujah
Praise to you I sing
 
Through the storm I'll praise you 
Through the storm I'll worship 
Every trial
Every test
Will find me praising you
 

Safely Back to You

I was lost on the waves of the storms of life
Being tossed all about feeling so uptight
Hope was lost that I’d ever turn upright
Suddenly He came to me

Called my name out loud through the whirling wind
I had heard that voice so I knew it was Him
I stepped out of the boat and I walked to Him
Walking high above the waves

When I looked out on the wind and waves
I began to sink ‘neath the water ways
He reached out His hand and I found His gaze
Looking deep inside my heart

He brought me back to the storm tossed boat
That He calmed the sea set us back afloat
Suddenly a calm came into my soul
I knew all would be all right

Oh sweet Jesus take my hand
Help me please to understand
Why these storms keep tossing me
Off the path you have for me
Of sweet Jesus guide my way
Stay close by my side each day
When I’ve fallen off the path
Bring me safely back to you

Trust Him

Trust God!
What a concept we should follow.

Trust Him
in the midst of the battle,
in the height if the storm,
in the depths of the valley
and in my deepest sorrow.

Trust Him
when He does not answer,
when He seems far away,
when I don’t hear His voice
and when I feel lost and alone.

Trust Him
even if I am sick,
or poor,
or hungry
or thirsty,
even if my soul longs to be closer to Him
yet my flesh keeps me away.

Trust Him
when I can’t trust in myself,
my family,
my friends,
my neighbors,
my coworkers,
or even people in my church.

Trust Him.
Always trust Him!

More Than Faithful

If the waves should start crashing around me
And the Stars would fall down from the sky
I would still look my hands and praise thee
For you are the one who gives life

If my friends should all decide to leave me
And my body would be filled with pain
I will still lift my voice to praise thee
Or you will restore me again

You are more than faithful to me
By your grace you have forgiven me
When life is a mess
And I’m filled with stress
Your mercy is all that I need

If I find myself down on my knees
Crying out “Oh Lord How can this be?”
I know you will hear my heart’s cry
You are more than faithful to me

In all my trials
In all my tests
In all my anguish
In you I can rest
In every sorrow
You are my joy
Your faithfulness
Relieves my soul

You are more than faithful to me
By your grace you have forgiven me
When life is a mess
And I’m filled with stress
Your mercy is all that I need