Through the trenches and the muddy terrain

Your hand will still be there;

When exhausted as we climb that mountain

You display Your love and care.

The marathon that we run

Our heart and soul will ache,

But You’re holding tightly onto us

To keep us sober and awake.

The depth of waters we encounter

Will tempt us to exhibit fear,

But it’s Your presence that surrounds us

And reminds us You are near.

We’re grieved and vexed in spirit

When the wicked prosper indeed, 

But You’ve revealed their tragic end

And You warn us to take heed.

You hold us by our right hand

And with Your counsel You will guide;

You’re our strength and portion forever Lord

As we kiss our idols goodbye.

We place our trust in only You

And declare Your precious works,

There’s no-one else that we desire

Since You’re truly of perfect worth.

Your blood was shed on the cross

To reconcile us back to You,

And Your sacrifice was required

Since there was nothing we could do.

Nothing for us to obtain salvation

Or present our best to You,

Because all our works are as filthy rags

And no sacrifice could do.

Because it’s only by the blood of the Lamb

That we can ever be set free;

The most precious of every sacrifice;

A gift of love for eternity.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”  Psalm 73:23-24

“Whom have I in heaven but You?  And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.  My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:25-26

“They are not in trouble as other men, nor are they plagued like other men, therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.  Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish…When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me – until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.”  Psalm 73:4-17

“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.”  Psalm 73:28

“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;”  Isaiah 64:6

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”  Revelation 21:27

“Him being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”  Acts 2:23-24

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”  Acts 2:38