The Spirit of the living God. 2 Corinthians 3:3
Words: James Montgomery, 1823. Montgomery wrote this hymn
to be sung at the Public Meeting of the Auxiliary Missionary Society for the West Riding of Yorkshire, Salem Chapel, Leeds, June 4, 1823. It was first printed on a fly-sheet for that meeting, and in the Evangelical Magazine the following August.
O Spirit of the living God!
In all Thy plenitude of grace,
Where’er the foot of man hath trod,
Descend on our apostate race.
Give tongues of fire and hearts of love
To preach the reconciling Word,
Give power and unction from above,
Whene’er the joyful sound is heard.
Be darkness, at Thy coming, light;
Confusion, order in Thy path;
Souls without strength inspire with might;
Bid mercy triumph over wrath.
O Spirit of the Lord! prepare
All the round earth her God to meet;
Breathe Thou abroad like morning air,
Till hearts of stone begin to beat.
Baptize the nations; far and nigh
The triumphs of the cross record;
The name of Jesus glorify,
Till every kindred call Him Lord.
God from eternity hath willed
All flesh shall His salvation see;
So be the Father’s love fulfilled,
The Savior’s sufferings crowned, through Thee.