I have no words to express the feeling in my soul. Slow down, but take me faster; cool down, but burn me up. I feel too consumed, but I want more; I feel I’ve given You too much already, but take the rest. What worth am I to myself? What worth am I to the world without You, or what worth am I to You, without Your loving mercy? I know the story too well: selfishness and pride, no love for any other. Only You awake my soul, only You set ablaze the fire in my heart. I feel isolated from the world, but not lost enough in You. Still too selfish, still too prideful. My heart goes after other things, worldly approval and recognition. Burn it away, melt the impurities from my spirit. My heart is deceitful and weak, my spirit weary and alone; purify me with Your fire, refresh me with Your living water. You alone are my strength; all other strength fails.
All else passes away. The world is fickle, its loyalties like reeds swayed by the wind. Let me not be like a reed in my devotion to You, but like a house built upon the Rock, every fiber stretched toward you. Let my eyes always seek Yours, let my spirit always go after Yours. Who is like You? Who commands the thunder and holds the oceans in their hands? Who is father to the wind and rain? Who satisfies my soul with good things, with lasting things? Who loves me with a love of fire and storm and gentle breeze? There is no one like You, no one even worthy of comparison to You. Your love is beyond what words I can conjure, beyond what languages can express. There is nothing on this earth worthy of You; even springs of water, pure from beneath the earth, are not pure enough for You.
Let Your will be done here among us as it is done in heaven where You sit on the throne. Let us love as You love, speak as You speak, pray as You prayed, and live as You lived. Let us look to You alone; not to authorities, but to You, for You are the one speaker of truth and life. Everything You say is lovely; everything You say refreshes me from my soul to my mind. Let us love You and live as living sacrifices to You. And let us praise You always. Loosen my tongue and make me wise with Your great wisdom; consume my loveless heart with your loving fire, so that I can better love those around me, so that I can better love You. For “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
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