My Heart Cries Out

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Author: Paul Tripp


Gospel Meditations for Everyday Life

"My hope is that this volume will help you to see the Savior more clearly, to understand his grace more deeply, to confess your struggle more honestly, to worship him more fully, and to find in these meditations the motivation to continue to follow the Savior even when he’s leading you into unexpected and hard places.” —Paul David Tripp

Best-selling author Paul David Tripp invites you into his personal reflections on his experience of God’s ever-present grace through the ups and downs of his life. He shares his celebrations, disappointments, cries for help, confessions, and confusions in the form of 120 meditations that were written over many years through various joys and struggles.

Vulnerable yet pastoral and wise, these meditations in the form of verse showcase how God’s amazing grace intersects with the mundane, unexpected, messy, and beautiful moments of everyday life.

Table of Contents:


1. Hope

2. First

3. But I Can’t

4. But Never

5. Hard Moments

6. Everyone Preaches

7. Unfailing Love

8. Like You

9. Not Like David?

10. Weak (1)

11. One Thing

12. The Rejection of Rejection

13. The Wrong Guys

14. Beauty

15. Somebody Else

16. You Are

17. Forgetful

18. Identity Amnesia

19. Too Much

20. Celebration

21. Something in My Hands I Bring

22. Not Always

23. No Question

24. Mercy Prayer

25. Rest

26. When God Is Glad

27. Fearless Forever

28. Hearts at Rest

29. Here

30. In the Way

31. Traces

32. Weak (2)

33. A Light in His Hands

34. The Good Life

35. Black Friday

36. The City

37. Immanent Sovereignty

38. Spiritual Schizophrenia

39. Grace

40. Tired

41. Nathan’s Legacy

42. Wanting

43. Run and Hide

44. Boast in You

45. Judgment Day

46. The Worship of Another

47. Two Words You Never Want to Hear

48. Moral Vulnerability

49. Need

50. Walk Away

51. The Shoulders of Jesus

52. Tough Moments

53. Secret Wish

54. Awake Again

55. God’s Pleasure

56. Thankful

57. Legacy

58. Revelation

59. Saving Grace

60. Afraid

61. Theology

62. Romans 7

63. Uber Music

64. By Myself

65. Psalm 73 (Remix)

66. Why I Hate to Wait

67. Family Forever

68. Safe

69. Me and Mine

70. Set Free

71. You Chose

72. Eavesdrop on Eternity

73. Functional Blindness

74. My Calling

75. The Swindle

76. Salt and Fire

77. Good and Angry

78. Joy

79. Rescue the Perishing

80. The Quest

81. Hoping for a Broken Heart

82. Time

83. The Holy of Holies

84. Goodness

85. Under Attack

86. Wait and War

87. No More “If Only”

88. The Dance of Redemption

89. Life View

90. Broken-Down House

91. To Be You

92. Sign Beauty

93. You Are Not Like Me

94. The Theology of Beauty

95. Light and Darkness

96. Listening to Luther

97. Psalm 47 (Remix)

98. The Wisdom of Pain

99. Ready, Willing, and Waiting

100. Days of Beauty

101. My Story

102. Surrender

103. Watch Out for the Flesh Eaters!

104. A Matter of the Heart

105. Sacrifices

106. Not Yours

107. Grace Comes Down

108. Temptation

109. Your Law

110. Sleep

111. You're Not

112. This One

113. Why Bother?

114. Dissatisfied

115. You Came!

116. Death of Death

117. Feed on You

118. What You Want

119. Wait

120. Forevermore

Previously Published Poems
About the Photographer
Photo Index
Scripture Index

About the author:

Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?Dangerous CallingParenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit


“Poetry is the expression of the heart and mind of a person. When that person reflects on the person and work of Jesus, the expression is hopeful and redemptive. As an artist who uses words as expression, I found joy in reading My Heart Cries Out. This work connects with the human condition in a unique and awesome way.” ~Lecrae, hip-hop recording artist

“For some years now, Paul Tripp has delivered soul-reaching wisdom and timeless encouragement centered around the gospel and grace of Jesus, from which I have greatly benefited. It doesn’t take much reading of Tripp’s work to recognize that under his skin there is an artist lurking. In this collection of meditations, he artfully paints pictures that resonate deep in our souls as he walks with us through the pain and struggles of this world while also helping us see the glory of God’s grace.” ~TobyMac, hip-hop recording artist; music producer; songwriter

“As with a timeless hymn lyric, Tripp has the great ability to grasp the vast riches of biblical truth and distill it for us in creative, compelling, and wonderfully practical ways. His writing has regularly shaped how we think as individuals, parents, and songwriters.” ~Keith and Kristyn Getty, hymn writers; recording artists

“As I read these meditations, I couldn’t help but wonder if they are the types of prayers the Holy Spirit speaks on our behalf when our groans are too deep for words. My Heart Cries Out is a beautiful, honest, and grace-filled collection of reflections from a heart that has been near to the Lord for many years. Your heart will cry out indeed—cry out for joy and thanksgiving as you read the pages of this wonderful book.”

Trillia Newbell, author, Sacred EnduranceIf God Is for Us; and God’s Very Good Idea

“As a sage with scars, Paul Tripp offers us contemplation, transparency, beauty, and verse spoken straight from his soul. But the impact of this book surfaces not in the scope of Tripp’s gifts or weakness but in the page-by-page celebration of God’s unrelenting grace. If you’re looking for a daily, creative, and soul-nourishing drip of gospel truth, feast upon the pages of this book!”  ~Dave Harvey, Teaching Pastor, Summit Church, Fort Myers, Florida; author, When Sinners Say “I Do” and Letting Go

“This book is theologically rich, biblically faithful, and devotionally nourishing for the soul. My heart was stirred, and my love for the Savior inflamed! Read and be blessed. Read and worship.”  ~Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary