Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

We sang "Spirit of God" this morning at worship and it really resonated
with me. Here are the words:
1.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.

2. 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.

3. Has 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 by George Croly, public domain.
The phrases that "spoke" to me most were:
"wean it from earth"
"to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh"
"my heart an altar, and thy love the flame"
I'll have to meditate on these this week and see what God is trying to say.
Anything sticking with you today?

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