SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He who does love love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. These things have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”— John 14:24-26
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now,
Our hearts in true devotion bow,
Thy Spirit send with grace divine,
And let Thy truth within us shine.
Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise,
Our souls to Thee in worship raise,
Make strong our faith, increase our light
That we may know Thy name aright
Glory to God the Father, Son
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To thee, O blessed Trinity,
Be praise throughout eternity
(Cantionale Sacrum, 1651)
(Translated by Catherine Winkworth 1827- 1878)
Jesus said that where two or more gather in His name, He will be there with them. That happens each time we worship. Another verse says that the Lord inhabits His praise. And Christ is in some way present when we observe the Lord’s supper.
This hymn is a call to worship, inviting Christ to inspire, inhabit, and enjoy our praises. It also serves to remind us that Christ has promised to join us on such occasions.
PRAYER: Pray to ask the Holy Spirit to be present