In His Presence poem by Shadia Hrichi

I would never call myself a poet. However, every so often, God stirs my heart to write a poem. Usually I write them in response to either heartache for our broken world or praise for our glorious God – or both.

I wrote this poem about five years ago while spending a day at the ocean on my weekly “date with Jesus.” Today, the poem now has a “home” within my new Bible study, LEGION: Rediscovering the God Who Rescues Me.

The photograph you see is an actual picture I took while at the ocean and it was there that I penned this poem. It is called, “In His Presence.”


IN HIS PRESENCE                     by Shadia Hrichi

Mighty waves –
gentle enough to soothe the weary soul.
Oh, to drink the depths of Your love –
to know the vastness of Your Presence.
You are always with me –
a river that overflows
with a peace no human heart can fully grasp.
I cling to You, my God and my Savior –
for Your mighty power sustains me
and Your gentle waters refresh me.
If I could count the ocean’s tears,
would they do justice to the depths of Your love
for a dying world drowning in sorrows?
For the world knows You not.
Yet the ocean, in all its caverns filled
cannot compare to a single drop of Your blood
which purchased lost sinners and rescued them from the deep –
from deep waters where there was no one to help.
You ransomed my heart from a pool of sorrows –
for that was Your good pleasure.
You command the waters, “be still,” and You calm my aching heart
as violence and fear flee from me.
You alone command the seas and set their boundaries.
You bind the enemy and make a decree, “you shall not cross,”
and he must obey.
For Your Word is Power-
You have power to give
and power to take away.
For all the world belongs to You –
the earth and everything in it is Yours.
Praise Your Name!

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV)

Adapted from Week Five of my new Bible study, LEGION: Rediscovering the God Who Rescues Me. Download a FREE SAMPLE of 30 pages! Release date is October 8, 2019. Copyright © 2019 by Shadia Hrichi. Published by Leafwood Publishers.

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