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    Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

    JS - I would like to introduce you to the beautiful hymn "Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God" written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend and sung by Kristyn Getty. The violin solo at the beginning is “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone, from the soundtrack to the movie “The Mission” and the melody itself is heavily influenced by J.S. Bach. Also included is a reading of The Lorica (Breastplate), a prayer of protection traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick of Ireland.

    Keith Getty explains, "the lyric of 'Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God' is as much an explanation of what Scripture states the Holy Spirit does as it is a prayer for our utter dependence on the Holy Spirit in our lives. The first verse is a petition for inward renewal as we are confronted with the living and written Word of God. The second verse is a prayer that the outward fruit of our lives will reflect Christ in every action. The final verse is then a prayer for the church around us, that the Spirit will 'show your power once again on earth; cause your church to hunger for your ways.' As we worked to find an appropriate climax to the song, we were continually reminded through our studies that the Holy Spirit works to make us less and exalt Christ. So rather than making the third verse a huge finish, we turn in the sixth line and express, “lead me on the road to sacrifice.”

    Lyrics
    Holy Spirit, living Breath of God,
    Breathe new life into my willing soul.
    Bring the presence of the risen Lord
    To renew my heart and make me whole.
    Cause Your Word to come alive in me;
    Give me faith for what I cannot see;
    Give me passion for Your purity.
    Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

    Holy Spirit, come abide within;
    May Your joy be seen in all I do—
    Love enough to cover ev’ry sin
    In each thought and deed and attitude,
    Kindness to the greatest and the least,
    Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
    Turn my striving into works of grace.
    Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

    Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth,
    Giving life to all that God has made,
    Show your power once again on earth;
    Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways.
    Let the fragrance of our prayers arise.
    Lead us on the road of sacrifice
    That in unity the face of Christ
    Will be clear for all the world to see.

    Posted by John Samson on November 26, 2012 01:37 AM

    Comments

    What exactly the song does mean by: "Breathe new life into my willing soul"?

    My understanding of that phrase is that even in the soul of the regenerate, we need like David to say "create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me."

    "The entrance of His word gives light," and this is true both for our regeneration and every time His word comes to us... He restores our soul (Psalm 23) and renews our mind (Rom 12)... as I say, that is how I understand the phrase.

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