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And there are those times where words and pictures won’t suffice, but hymns; Hymns always. For the ones that need to know, new mercies each morning. Take heart!

p e a c e + g r a c e, elle

“music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you” dietrich bonhoeffer 

 

In my pain
You are faithful
In my loneliness
You are faithful
In my sorrow
You are faithful

In my despair
You are faithful
In my sinfulness
You are faithful
In my grief
You are faithful

In my confusion
You are faithful
In my fear
You are faithful
In my shame
You are faithful

In my anxiety
You are faithful
In my bitterness
You are faithful
In my silence
You are faithful

In my tiredness
You are faithful
In my brokenness
You are faithful
In my stillness
You are faithful

Despite my unworthiness
You are faithful to me
No matter the situation
You are faithful to me
On each day, in all things
You are faithful to me

Your faithfulness breaks down the walls in my heart
Your faithfulness draws me closer and pulls me deeper
Your faithfulness saved me then and saves me now
Jesus, You are the truest thing in my life

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Thank You,

Dele

Great Is Thy Faithfulness - original print from The Worship Project.

This hymn has seen me through more of life’s hard times than any other song I know.

I remember when I first started this Worship Project, I worked at a department store in New Zealand with my call time at 5.30am. Depending on my schedule I often didn’t have access to a car, so I would walk - in the middle of winter, freezing cold, pitch black, and foggy.

I felt like my life was going nowhere, and that my life had no impact.

However, amidst one of the most depressing and mundane times in my life, there was nothing like spending time in worship. I would spend my hour-long walk to work, singing a song of victory - a hymn of thankfulness for His faithfulness to me - even when I didn’t understand His process or timing.

I pray that just as these lyrics have warmed my heart - over and over again - that you would find your heart touched, inspired, and turned toward Jesus.

Even when it feels hopeless and mundane, sing a song of thankfulness for His faithfulness, and let everything that’s within you give praise to the Lord!

“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee, Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above; Join with all nature in manifold witness, To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow. Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”

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Mercies - original print from The Worship Project.

In the wake of one of the most horrific weeks of recent years, I’ve been reflecting on what message I feel that the Lord has for His people.

Obviously I don’t presume to know the mind of God, but I’ve found that when a song gets stuck in my head, it often contains something that I feel the Lord wants to speak to us. You could read this and call it “cliche”. You could read this and hopefully catch a glimpse of the Father heart of God. I pray you abide with the latter.

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” - Lamentations 3:22-23. (Song lyrics from “Mercies” by Miriam Webster)

There are two points that I feel the Spirit whispering to my heart:

1. The Lord is full of steadfast LOVE and MERCY for all those affected by these tragedies last week (incl. all the suffering the globe-wide). He’s relentlessly pursuing everyone on this earth, and He will use whatever situations surround us (no matter how horrific) to try and woo His children back to Himself.

2. His mercy, steadfast love, and faithfulness is not just for the victims. Jesus is WILDLY in love with every person. From the innocent victims to the ISIS radicals. He came to earth that NO man perish, no matter how evil they are, or the horrific things that they might do.

So amongst all the ‪#‎prayforparis‬ sentiments, I want to offer a reminder to‪#‎prayforeveryONE‬. No matter how demonized, troubled, disillusioned, or filled with hate, someone may be - they’re not beyond the loving mercy of Christ. He died for them as much as for you and me.

We join with the groaning earth, “weeping with those who weep”. And we fervently turn to Jesus and whisper “come Lord Jesus, come.”

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Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Monring by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed THy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand besides!

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Monring by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed THy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

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Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
You never change, Thy compassions, they fail not;
as You have been, forever You’ll be.

Pardon for sin and peace that endureth;
Thy own dear presence to lead and to guide me;
Strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow;

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God unto me.
Oh You never fail me.