God’s presence

It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 31:8

God is with is in everything we do. In fact he prepares and plans our life out, long before we are even born. So why do we get ourselves into a state of fear about the future? Probably for one of two reasons – 1. we don’t fully trust God; or 2. because we’re human.

When we fully trust that God is with us, He will help us to do His work. How many people’s lives we can affect and influence in God’s name is down to how much we trust God to guide us in His work.

I therefore pray that I will always pray the words of “Lord, If Your Presence” which our band regularly share at the close of our worship – Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared a recording of the band playing ‘Lord, If Your Presence’ at the end of last week’s worship. I share this with you today.

Lord, If Your Presence

Lord, if your presence does not go with us,
Please do not send us up from here.
How will anyone know we are your people
Unless you go before us?

Lord, if your favour does not rest on us
We dare not move beyond this place,
How will anyone know we go in your name
Unless your blessing is over us?

So we stand within your presence,
And humbly seek your grace;
Father Almighty, Jehovah, Saviour,
We long to meet you face to face.
Let your glory fall upon us,
Convict, inspire, provide;
Father Almighty, Jehovah, Saviour,
Your holy presence is our guide.

Lord if your presence does not stay with us,
Please do not send us up from here.
How will anyone hear of truth and goodness
Unless your Word speaks through us?

Lord, if your presence is not love in us
How can we minister your grace?
How will anyone feel your tender mercy
Unless your heart is in us?

So we stand within your presence,
And humbly seek your grace;
Father Almighty, Jehovah, Saviour,
We long to meet you face to face.
Let your glory fall upon us,
Convict, inspire, provide;
Father Almighty, Jehovah, Saviour,
Your holy presence is our guide.

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