Spirit of the Living God

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"Spirit of the Living God" is a Christian hymn by Daniel Iverson that was inspired by a sermon on the Holy Spirit during an evangelical crusade during the 1930s. The lyrics call upon the Spirit of the Living God to "fall fresh on me." The hymn text is a prayer for the Holy Spirit to work renewal in the individual heart in stanza one and to make these renewed people one in love and service in stanza two. Read the chorus lyrics and background story of Iverson below! Also, find the scripture references and video performances for this hymn.

Chorus:

Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Melt me mold me
Fill me use me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me

Songwriters Daniel Iverson Published by © 1935, 1963 Birdwing Music (ASCAP)

The Story Behind Spirit of the Living God

According to hymnary.org, "Daniel Iverson wrote the first stanza and tune of this hymn after hearing a sermon on the Holy Spirit during an evangelism crusade by the George Stephans Evangelistic Team in Orlando, Florida, 1926. The hymn was sung at the crusade and then printed in leaflets for use at other services. Published anonymously in Robert H. Coleman's Revival Songs (1929) with alterations in the tune, this short hymn gained much popularity by the middle of the century. Since the 1960s it has again been properly credited to Iverson."

Bible References:

2 Corinthians 3:3 ~ "And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."

John 14:26 ~ "But the Helper, 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."

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