By A. Hartley Shakes
Oh God, where are you?
As emptiness and carnal inclination tug at my spiritual might,
I search feverishly everywhere seeking Your presence,
And in constant need of You, but You are not I sight.
These eyes of mine and the sights they behold,
This flesh possessing me, I try to control
But the power within me has lost its stranglehold
My spirit has lost its warmth; God, I’m cold
Where are You?
My daily search yields nothing and seems a futile effort
As I search faces and places for a glimpse of You,
Only to find that my spirit sometimes gets parched like a humid desert
I’m spiritually weak and feeling so down
Because my spirit is frequently possessed by a constant frown
My God, my Father, this you cannot condone
Help me my Savior!
I am all alone
Are you there?
Fear wreaks constant havoc during this quest of mine
As I traverse even the valley of death seeking your face
But my heart and hands are still empty; You I cannot find.
Am I diligently seeking your face
In the right place
Or am I just another participant in a ludicrous race?
Lord, please give me another taste.
Let me just sink to my knees in this unfamiliar way
As my search for You continues; just another day
Oh no it’s not!
This must be you!
I feel you!
I feel you!
You’re right by my side!
My spirit feels ablaze and my soul so alive!
Forgive me Christ Jesus for my spiritual slide.
Let me just run to your arms open so wide
Where I’ll relax in your presence, there I want to abide
I’ve foolishly set mine eyes on things of this world
Andlost my way back, forgetting Your word
I had forgotten about the potency of prayer, our language to you my King
You are my Alpha, my Omega, my Lord and everything
I’ll just linger awhile in your awesome presence, as I present these offerings,
My body, soul and spirit, for now that’s all I bring.