December 18, 2012

New Song: Spirit of God

December 18, 2012
We are currently learning a new song on Sunday nights called "Spirit of God". It is an old text (1854) written by George Croly that Karl Digerness set to new music in 2006. The result is a beautiful melody that helps us sing this humble prayer for God to work in us. Croly's words are a wonderful example of how we should seek the work of the Spirit in our lives.

You can listen to the song and read the lyrics below.

Spirit of God

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 vision, no op'ning skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.

3. 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.

4. 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 me to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!

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

from Fragments of Grace, released 15 June 2011

Words: George Croly, 1854
Music: Karl Digerness, 2006
©2006 Karl Digerness Music