Holy Ghost with Light Divine ~ Hymn Study
Music Selections found on YouTube:
Music Selections found on Spotify:
- Walden Grove Orchestra (instrumental)
- Remedy Collective (also found on YouTube) This version has a current melody with a beautiful horn sequence. They only sing verses 1, 3-5 but I really enjoy it for personal listening pleasure.
Husband of hymnist Elizabeth Reed, Andrew Reed (1787-1862) attended Hackney College, London, and became a Congregational minister. He was pastor at the New Road Chapel, St. George’s-in-the-East, then at Wycliffe Chapel, which he helped build in 1830. He also earned a degree from Yale College, and founded the London Orphan Asylum and Reed’s School in Cobham, Surrey. He wrote 21 total hymns
This hymn is an important teaching on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life. The Holy Spirit, if regarded, can offer direction, reveal Truths, sanctify my life, and be a strength and power to enable God’s ministry to flow through me. Complete surrender to the Holy Spirit is complete surrender of our lives to Christ. (Osbeck, 1985)
Bible Verse for Reading, Narration and Copywork
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:15-18 (NKJV)
Holy Ghost, with light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shade of night away,
Turn my darkness into day.
Let me see my Savior’s face,
Let me all His beauties trace;
Show those glorious truths to me
Which are only known to Thee.
Holy Ghost, with power divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
Long has sin, without control,
Held dominion o’er my soul.
Holy Ghost, with joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Bid my many woes depart,
Heal my wounded, bleeding heart.
Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.
See, to Thee I yield my heart,
Shed Thy life through every part;
A pure temple I would be,
Wholly dedicate to Thee.
Object Lesson on the Holy Spirit
I can’t imagine a child that hears about the “Holy Spirit” or the “Holy Ghost” for the first time and doesn’t picture an actual ghost inside them. This can be a very confusing topic to explain so I found this study for families with a great object lesson that will make explaining the Trinity a little easier.
Divine: coming from God: divine laws; divine guidance. Extremely good or unusually lovely.
Dominion: the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
Woes: grievous distress, affliction, or trouble:
Idol: an image or other material object representing a deity other than God to which religious worship is addressed. Something regarded with blind admiration, adoration or devotion.
Reign: to have control, rule, or influence of any kind.
Yield: to give up or surrender (oneself)
The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. He intercedes in our prayers before the Lord, bringing even the cares of our heart that we can’t put to words. He is our helper, always seeking to build relationship between us and the Lord.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit points out sin in our hearts and minds. He encourages us to repent and choose a path that will honor the Lord. He teaches us God’s Word so we can understand and obey it.
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
The Holy Ghost is the giver of hope, one of the greatest powers in the world and in a Christian’s tool box of disciplines, able to overcome evil.
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
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Osbeck, K. W. (1985). 101 More Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.