O Holy spirit, enter in,
And in our hearts your work begin,
And make our hearts your dwelling.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
Your strength in us upwelling.
In your radiance Life from heaven
Now is given Overflowing,
Gift of gifts beyond all knowing.
Left to ourselves, we surely stray;
Oh, lead us on the narrow way,
With wisest counsel guide us;
And give us steadfastness that we
May follow you for ever free,
No matter who derides us.
Gently heal those Hearts now broken;
Give some token You are near us,
Whom we trust to light and cheer us.
O mighty rock, O Source of life,
Let your good Word in doubt and strife
Be in us strongly burning
That we be faithful unto death
And live in love and holy faith,
From you true wisdom learning.
Lord, your mercy On us shower;
By your power Christ confessing,
We will cherish all your blessing.
- We accept the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a fundamental truth for every Christian. When does a Christian receive the Holy Spirit? What did Paul say about the indwelling Holy Spirit? (hint, look at 1 Corinthians 3:16)
- What unique name does the hymn writer apply to the Holy Spirit? What does the hymn mention about the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes this unique name meaningful? What did Jesus say to the Samaritan woman that inspired this vision of the Holy Spirit?
- What does the Holy Spirit do for us that makes life better? Has your heart been broken for Jesus’ sake? If so, what did the Holy Spirit do for you?
- What is the Word that burns within even when you doubt or enter into conflict with discouraging forces? What other name for the Holy Spirit is celebrated in verse 3?
- Where do we get the power to testify to Christ in the face of rejection or punishment?
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Hymn text taken from http://lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/lw160.htm
Hymn text is in the public domain