Sunday, June 19, 2011

Spirit of God, Descend Upon my Heart

We sang this hymn last Sunday, and it really spoke to me. The prayers it contains are so practical and so real. "And make me love Thee as I ought to love." Honestly, I cannot do it on my own, even such a thing as loving God; I need His help to love Him appropriately. "Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh" because I forget so often. This whole hymn mirrors the prayers I ought to pray but don't even know that I need to pray. God help me even in such small things as knowing what to pray, what to ask for.

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.

word by George Croley

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