Singing through the Year: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

“Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” is a prayer for the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. The fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (from Gal. 5:22-23). These fruit evidence “the newness of life” we have in Christ.

If you’d like to listen to the hymn or sing along, here is a solo piano version, a choir singing the four-part hymnal setting, and a meditative choral arrangement.

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.

Hast Thou not bid us 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 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.

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

Singing through the Year¬†features a hymn related to next Sunday’s lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church¬†where I am the organist.