SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD                                                         written in 1929

The Story

In 1926, the George T. Stephans Evangelistic Party conducted a citywide revival in Orlando, FL.  Daniel Iverson, a Presbyterian minister from Lumberton, N.C., spent several days in Orlando visiting with the Stephans team.  The day he arrived, he was greatly impressed by a message on the Holy Spirit given by Dr. Barron, a physician from Columbia, S.C.

Later that day, Daniel went to the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, sat down at the piano, and wrote this song.  Miss Birdie Loes, the pianist for the Stephans team, wrote it out on manuscript paper.  E. Powell Lee, the team song leader, was immediately impressed and taught it to the people that evening in the tabernacle, and used it throughout the campaign.

Daniel Iverson (1890-1977) was a native of Brunswick, GA.  He received his education at the University of Georgia in Athens, the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA., and the University of South Carolina. As a Presbyterian minister, he served churches in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  In 1927, he organized the Shenandoah Presbyterian Church in Miami, FL., remaining there until his retirement in 1951.

You probably consider this a hymn… an old hymn; it has been in hymnals from its beginning.  But, it is actually one of the most long-lasting and widely used choruses in Christian worship.

The melody encompasses only 5 notes; 3 of the 4 lines repeat the same 9 words.

It’s probable you’ve never heard – or sung – the 2nd verse.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – pray is as your own personal prayer.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, move among us all;
make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love;
humble, caring, selfless, sharing.
Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love.

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