Lord I praise You For The Troubles

 
 

Lord I praise You For The Troubles
By Tom D Blakely
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Lord I praise You for the troubles, which led me to the cross
For before I didn’t need You, and I couldn’t care less.

Lord you took away my father, and then my closest friend
Yet in anger I denied You and fought You to the end.
You gave me a wife to marry, a partner good and true
The best man was my brother at that muted wedding do.
I thought it was a ray of hope, at such a sombre time
So I revelled in my glory and didn’t think once of You.
Returning from my honeymoon, my troubles didn’t end
I found my brother cold and grey; death had again returned.

Lord I praise You for the troubles, which led me to the cross
For before I didn’t need You, and I couldn’t care less.

How on earth can I praise God, the natural man would say?
But within these very natural thoughts my answer, dormant lay.
For later on God spoke to me, casting natural thoughts aside
Through the powerful Holy Spirit, God did in me confide.
For natural thinking can’t discern God’s love and holiness
Since time began man has rebelled against God’s wondrous grace.
Creation, time, eternity is beyond the wit of man
These God reserves to test our pride, or draw mankind to Him.

The natural man cannot receive the spiritual truths of God
The answer lies in simple faith and trusting in His word.

In the midst of all my troubles, God turned my world around
He showed me that mankind is lost; for sin has got us bound.
Self-pity and my shameful pride His Spirit then dissolved
By faith I saw my Saviour God, for sin being crucified.
The coldness in my heart was gone, heavenly love came down
The blood of Jesus cleansed my sin and I found God through Him.
Eternal life is endless joy and peace with God in heaven
Salvation is the greatest gift that ever has been given.

Lord I praise You for the troubles, which led me to the cross
For before I didn’t need You, and I couldn’t care less.
Lord make everybody troubled and lead them to the cross
That all might feel the need for You; do not let them perish!

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‘Jesus answered, Do you think that these were worse sinners
than all the others because they suffered this way?
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’
Luke 13:1-5]
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