524. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart

Author: George Croly 1780-1860

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
wean it from earth; through all its pulsing move;
stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

2. Have you not called my heart to love you, Lord?
All, all your own-heart, soul, and strength and mind:
I see the cross; there you shall be adored;
O let me come for mercy, seek, and find!

3. Teach me to feel that you are always near;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
to check the rising doubt, the rebel fear;
teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

4. Teach me to love you as your angels love,
one holy fire for your unrivalled name-
the baptism of the heaven-descended dove,
my heart an altar, and your love the flame.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:5, John 21:15-17, Luke 18:13, Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10, 2 Chronicles 15:2, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27, John 1:32-34, Luke 3:16, Romans 5:5, Luke 23:39-43, Ephesians 3:16-19, Zechariah 4:6, Deuteronomy 11:1, Judges 13:20, 2 Kings 23:25, Matthew 3:11-16, Mark 1:8-10, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 3:21-23, Romans 8:5-9, Ephesians 2:22