Favour

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.   Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” Isaiah 61:1-4, 7 NIV

Lord each day that I am sick 
Adds to my burden of pain and grief
Yet it is not mine to carry
For You have died to take it from me
Giving me joy in return for sorrow
Giving me peace and hope for tomorrow

So I open up my heart to You
And find You are there in my pain too
Nailing it all to Your cross
Taking into your death every pain of loss
Washing away with Your precious blood
All the damage everyone’s sin has done
Renewing me with Your eternal love
Restoring me in God‘s favour

Lord each time that I am hurt
Because of unkind actions or words
Or because I fail to meet the standard
That I think your holiness demanded
I remember you have died to give me
Your whole and holy life for eternity

So I open up my heart to You
And find You are there in my pain too
Nailing it all to Your cross
Taking into your death every pain of loss
Washing away with Your precious blood
All the damage everyone’s sin has done
Renewing me with Your eternal love
Restoring me in God‘s favour

Lord every time I feel I am lost
Alone, abandoned, and unloved
Thinking maybe no one cares
I remember that you are always there
Taking that heaviness into your death
Replacing it with joy in You instead

So I open up my heart to You
And find You are there in my pain too
Nailing it all to Your cross
Taking into your death every pain of loss
Washing away with Your precious blood
All the damage everyone’s sin has done
Renewing me with Your eternal love
Restoring me in God‘s favour

Lord all my sickness and my grief
The fears and doubts that you could ever love me
Come not from You, but the enemy
They are lies You came to defeat
They died with You on the cross that day
So I could live in God’s eternal favour

So I open up my heart to You
And find You are there in my pain too
Nailing it all to Your cross
Taking into your death every pain of loss
Washing away with Your precious blood
All the damage everyone’s sin has done
Renewing me with Your eternal love
Restoring me in God‘s favour

What ever I lack, what ever I am missing
Of living in God’s favour and blessing
Wherever I have shut God out
Believing I need walls for my protection
These are the lies You took to the cross
Giving me Your favour to replace my loss

So I open up my heart to You
And find You are there in my pain too
Nailing it all to Your cross
Taking into your death every pain of loss
Washing away with Your precious blood
All the damage everyone’s sin has done
Renewing me with Your eternal love
Restoring me in God‘s favour

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