A devotional experience Arthur and I have enjoyed in recent months has been memorising and singing Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart. It’s from Cardiphonia’s Pentecost album. It’s a good prayer heading into the new year too.
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 vision, no op’ning 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 me 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 presence of Thy descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
George Croly 1854 / Karl Digerness 2006
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.