After writing a review a few days ago of a book with horrible teaching about the Holy Spirit, I was reminded of this wonderful hymn written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, which is full of truth and beauty. In addition to the reverence shown to the third person of the Trinity in the lyrics, the melody itself is thoughtfully drawn from the influence of J.S. Bach. The violin solo at the beginning is “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone, from the soundtrack to the movie “The Mission”.
Holy Spirit, living Breath of God,
Breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord
To 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 ev’ry sin
In each thought and deed and attitude,
Kindness to the greatest and the least,
Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving 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
Will be clear for all the world to see.
Here is a video of Keith Getty describing the composing of the hymn. Because the audio quality in this clip isn’t great, you can also read about it here.
The video at the top of this post comes from the Getty’s LIVE Limited Edition DVD. I bought it when it came out earlier this year, and it’s fantastic!
*EDIT* Paul Clark, Jr. recently wrote about this hymn as well. Check out his reflections here.