Our sweet uncle David went home to glory on Thursday evening. As I prayed about what to post, this particular one came to mind immediately. I had written it a few weeks back as an encouragement for those who might be going through a personal darkness. For those whose mind is racing when the rest of the world is fast asleep. And for those who might not be able to sleep, even though they are physically exhausted. It is something that I often practice. Instead of counting sheep, I go through the alphabet. As I think of each letter, I sing a wonderful, old hymn of faith to each one. I praise God for the words and for who He is and for the peace that only He can give. Sometimes I will go letter by letter and quote verses to match as well. Every time God allows me much needed slumber.
Our uncle David loved music. It was his life~and what a beautiful life it was. I will never forget a particular song that he had picked for the choir to sing one Sunday. I had never heard it before and it moved me beyond words. Years later, I still weep when I hear it~
”Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”
Today I weep for my Aunt Cindy, for their daughter Chelsea, for our hurting hearts~
but I also weep tears of joy~
for uncle David is now in heaven shouting~
“GLORY! GLORY! GLORY!!”
I pray that these old hymns of faith and the simple prayers of praise that accompany them will help you focus on praises to your Savior and will bring comfort, peace and much needed slumber to a tired soul today.
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name~I praise you for the power in your name.
Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine~I praise you for the assurance I have that nothing can pluck me out of your hand. You are mine! What a thought!
Calvary Covers it All~I praise you that your blood shed for me at Calvary covers every sin. Past, present and future.
Day by Day (and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here)~I praise you for the strength I find in you through prayer and reading your word.
Every Day with Jesus is Sweeter Than the Day Before~I praise you that when I am walking with you, every day becomes sweeter.
Face to Face~ I praise you for the day I will see you face to face. When grief and pain are banished, and replaced with rejoicing for eternity.
Great is Thy Faithfulness~I praise you that you are faithful, even when my faith is lacking.
Have Faith in God~I praise you that even when I feel the darkness winning, you whisper to my tired soul “Have faith in Me”.
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus~I praise you for leading me beside the still waters.
Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know~I praise you that I can call upon your sweet name at any time and in any place.
Keeps Me Singing As I Go~I praise you for the song of deliverance you have placed in my heart.
Love Lifted Me~I praise you that your love lifted me out of the depths of hell.
Make Me a Blessing~I praise you that I get to share your blessings on my life to bless others.
Nothing But the Blood~I praise you that your blood washes away every sin. If my eternal destiny were in my own hands, I would utterly fail.
Oh How He Loves You and Me~I praise you for a love that transcends any human idea of love that I have ever had.
Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace~I praise you for the peace you give me that passes all understanding.
Quiet Rest (Near to the Heart of God)~I praise you that you are not a far away God, but a loving Father who is right here with me in the darkness.
Revive Us Again~I praise you that I can call upon your name and lift this country that I love so dearly in prayer to you, asking you for revival.
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus~ I praise you for the freedom to stand up for you daily, despite the wickedness this world may throw at me.
Take Time to Be Holy~ I praise you that even among the chaos, I can get alone with you and take the time to be in your very presence.
Under His Wings~ I praise you for the shelter, love, protection, comfort and peace that is found under your wings.
Victory in Jesus~I praise you for every victory I have in your name and for the victories yet to come.
WERE YOU THERE~ I praise you that you rose up from the dead, that you conquered death and that for all eternity I will shout “GLORY, GLORY, GLORY!”
eXpress (My Tribute)~I praise you for all the undeserved things You have done for me. The voices of a million angels could not even express my thankfulness.
Yesterday He died For Me~I praise you for dying for me, but also for living for me.
Zions Hill~ I praise you that one day I will run to you. I will hug you. I will weep for the burdens that have been taken off my shoulders and the freedom I find in your presence. I will fall at your feet on Zions hill in praises to you.