A Hymn For Meditation

hymnalCome gracious Spirit, heav’nly Dove

Come, gracious Spirit, heav’nly Dove,
With light and comfort from above;
Be Thou our Guardian, Thou our Guide,
O’er every thought and step preside.

The light of truth to us display,
And make us know and choose Thy way;
Plant holy fear in every heart,
That we from God may ne’er depart.

Lead us to Christ, the living way,
Nor let us from His pastures stray.
Lead us in holiness, the road
That we must take to dwell with God.

  • The Holy Spirit is often depicted as a dove. Why? Where in the Bible is that image depicted?
  • Are you conscious of the presence of the Holy Spirit guarding and guiding you through the day, or do you get busy and forget all about it? When was the most recent time that you suddenly realized how the Spirit had protected and guided you even though you were not paying attention?
  • Why does this hymnwriter expect that the Holy Spirit can show us the truth? Why is it important to have a reliable source of truth?
  • How can anyone possibly walk on Christ’s road in holiness? When someoneaway  accuses Christians of doing all the things they disapprove of, how can you answer that accusation? How do you point people away from sinful Christians to Christ as the One they need?

by Simon Browne