To Live is Courage

Father, teach me to
see beyond the smile,
hear beyond the words,
listen with the heart.

Reach through the dark, Lord,
and pierce the hearts
of the forgotten,
the lost,
the lonely
with hope,
that they may see You!

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you….

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalm 139

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6 responses to “To Live is Courage

  1. Only those who have gazed deeply into dark places know the importance of prayer like this.

    Yes, Lord, teach us to see. And may those who struggle learn to see themselves as you do.

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  2. Thank you for these beautiful words, Cindee.

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  3. Breathing these words with you today, Cindee.

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  4. Cindee — inspirational, as usual. Please stop by knowledgemaven.com to pick up your blogger award. God bless.

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  5. Your words and your imaged share that embraces them make a visually awesome poem! I loved it Cindee!

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  6. Jody Collins

    Cindee I’m reading a little book by a new blogging friend Kel Rohlf–it’s called ‘Defining Moments.’ The pages I read there were about Psalm 139, too. Just can never read these true words too many times. lovely.

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