To the Lord and Giver of Life: Pentecost Hymn

Sometimes art so perfectly marries music and the message, it can almost take your breath away. The Spirit of God is the breath of God, and this hymn, Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God is a sensational testament to this beauty of God’s truth and art.

On Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, when God poured out His Spirit on His Church in Acts 2. In the fire of purifying judgment, the tongues that proclaimed the Gospel in every language, and the supernatural power, the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for each of us individually, and the Church as well.

Do you have God’s Spirit for yourself? Have you been born again (John 3:3), born of the Spirit (John 3:8), been made a new creation (II Cor 5:17), received regeneration (Matt 19:28), been born of God (I John 5:1)? We cannot be saved, and we will not see the Kingdom of Heaven, without the new birth. Pray for God to make this change within you! Attend church worship, Bible studies, give your heart & mind to His Word, and behold how God transforms you!

And Zion as a church needs the Spirit as well! We need God’s Spirit to discern the truth and be led into life, and not to succumb to the flesh and death (Rom 8:5 – 8). It is the Spirit Who produces His fruit of love, joy, peace, life, self-control, and so much more, as opposed to the fruit of the flesh (Gal 5:19 – 26). The Spirit and the Church bid us follow into eternal life (Rev 22:17), so ask yourself this: is the Holy Spirit and His Church of the highest priority in your life?

Good worship music helps us orient our minds & hearts to the above truths, so may we sing the following words with such zeal. As the Nicene Creed reminds us, the Holy Spirit is “the Lord and Giver of Life,” so may our souls live in the Spirit as encouraged by this hymn.

Holy Spirit, living breath of God,
Breathe new life into my willing soul.
Let the presence of the risen Lord,
Come 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 every sin,
In each thought and deed and attitude.
Kindness to the greatest and the least,
Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my strivings 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
May be clear for all the world to see.

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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