Monday, April 21, 2008

Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

Words: George Cro­ly, Psalms and Hymns for Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: 1854).
Music: More­cambe, Fred­er­ick C. At­kin­son, 1870 (MI­DI, score); At­kin­son orig­in­al­ly wrote this tune for Abide With Me, but it ne­ver caught on.

This beautiful hymn along with Great Is Thy Faithfulness and The Church's One Foundation were sung yesterday's services at the church we attend here in Yakima. It was awesome! There are so many wonderful hymns available for us to praise and worship God. We need to take back our music and really praise and worship Him. Don't be afraid to raise the bar.

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Anonymous said...

The second verse is so appropiate for this day that we live in, where many are looking for the unusual & flashy all under the label of Spirit filled. Just look on your TV where you can get some special annointing oil, etc. Thank God for this mighty hymn that so succiently points out what we really need!

James E. Gelatt said...

Thank you for your comment. I for one glady passes up dreams, prophet ectasies, angel visitant, opening skies for the true blessing of God on my life. I don't know what the author fully meant when he said "but take the dimness of my soul away" but the opposite of dimness would be brightness.

Anonymous said...

You didn't mention a prayer shawl or the oft mention "word of knowledge" or the constant merchandising of items on TBN.

James E. Gelatt said...

I've thought about your comments all week. I admit I'm very discouraged with my present formal worship setting which seems to be more and more leaning away from anything traditional in music, attire and anything that allows a time and place for thoughtful, reflective preparation for worship. Rather than an aid to worship it's become something that a distraction to worship! Even at our so called "traditional" service there are many elements injected into that service, which again is a distraction. I come to worship, not to be dazzled with video clips, etc.

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