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Deep, deep sadness and despair

O Lord, I am downcast and low in spirit. I sit in empty silence and with eyes that see no hope. In the night hours You see my many tears. There is no strength within me. I am covered with clouds of sadness, dark and looming.

O Lord, I long to feel Your sweet presence: come to me and be my Shield and Strength in this dark hour;
and lift my head up high once again. Teach me to encourage myself in Who You are. For though this weeping endures for the night, You are The One who brings Joy in the morning: You are the One Who will turn my mourning into dancing, and replaces this garment of depression with gladness. Restore to me the Joy of your Salvation and uphold me with Your Holy Spirit.

In the midst of this sadness I will yet praise You with all my heart, for You are glorious. Who You are will never change and Your Love will never cease. Though all the world may fall around me, this one thing I know .. I will never be silent. I will sing forth my praise to You and declare your wondrous works. I will give thanks to you forever! Use me, O Lord, for Your Glory.

In Jesus Name, Amen, let it be so.