We Need More Holy Spirit!

Just today as I was listening to one of my favorite worship CD’s a thought popped into my head.  I don’t hear modern worship songs sing about the Holy Spirit anymore.  I haven’t done any real research on this, but in my recollection of popular songs about the third part of the Trinity I can only think of “Holy Spirit Rain Down” by Russell Fragar out at Hillsong, and that’s from 1997!  That was 12 years ago!  I did a search on the word “spirit” in my iTunes to see if I was mistaken (or just had short term memory loss) and here’s what I came up with:

Holy Spirit Rain Down – Hillsong

Spirit in the Sky – The Blind Boys of Alabama (don’t be fooled, this is a secular song from 1969 by Norman Greenbaum)

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Spirits in the Material World – The Police

The Spirit of Radio – Rush

A seminar by Tim Hughes called “Spirit-Led Worship”

Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Christoph Gluck (Baroque music from mid-1700’s)

Okay so why is the Spirit absent from most modern day worship lyrics?  I taught about the personhood of the Holy Spirit at a songwriting event and the bottom line is that scripture clearly shows that the Holy Spirit is God, God is the Holy Spirit.  We can refer to the Spirit as “He” in our songs, prayers, and conversation.  The Holy Spirit is our “counselor” and “helper,” the very Spirit of God that dwells within each believer, yes I’m referring to the third person of the trinitarian God we believe in (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  So I just wonder what about the Holy Spirit is causing the modern-day worship movement to avoid Him?  I don’t have an answer since I haven’t fully developed this thought.  But I will suggest that Christians in general are afraid of Holy Spirit.  I mean, the Spirit has done some things in church history that cause us to scratch our heads at times (not the least of which is speaking in tongues, ergo “They’re drunk on cheap wine!” Acts 2:13).  Fear of the Holy Spirit and what He will do and has done through man has caused denominations to split, judgements to happen, excesses to occur, and in the absence of the Spirit we find dry, dead Christians and churches.  So has fear, and fear of not being politically correct, driven Christians to avoid the Holy Spirit? Some have called the dilemma of the modern church the “de-Christianization” of the world.  So here’s a huge leap, could it be that we are not properly honoring the personhood of God that Jesus came to earth to leave us and now God is withholding His favor?  Do not fall into this trap.  Not worshipping the Holy Spirit means we are not worshipping God!  I am guilty of this same thing in my songwriting in that I only have a few songs where I mention the Spirit (“You poured Your Spirit out on us, a Father’s love displayed in grace” from ‘Song of Living Praise’ comes to mind).  God please forgive us.  We need more Holy Spirit!

3 Responses to “We Need More Holy Spirit!”

  1. March 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    In a follow up posting, I found this devo from Os Hillman very relevant to the subject matter. If we are to really know the personhood of God, we must know all manifestations of Him, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. – Mike

    Father, Son and Holy Scriptures?
    TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
    “Jesus answered: Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?'” (John 14:9).

    The disciples had been with Jesus for three years. They’d seen miracles – dead men came back to life, the sick were healed, and water was turned to wine. These were but a few of the hundreds of miracles they saw Jesus perform. However, even after these experiences, they lacked one important thing – intimacy with Jesus. They didn’t really know Jesus.

    This must have been a great disappointment to Jesus. He’d invested so much into developing a close and intimate relationship with the twelve. Consider that they spent three years with their Master. They learned about Him during those years. However, they had knowledge without intimacy. They experienced God’s power individually and He even performed miracles through their own lives. Sometimes it is easier to do the work of God without the intimacy with God.

    A friend once commented about the current condition of much of the mainline churches today: “You’d think the trinity was the Father, Son and Holy Scriptures versus the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There’s never been a better description of the Church today.

    But, alas, this is a challenge to my own walk with God. It is easy for me to fall into this trap of working so hard for Jesus that I forget to work with Jesus. Jesus desires intimacy more than works. He tells us in John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” Whatever works we do must be a fruit of our intimacy with Him.

    Lord, help us not to just know about you. We desire to know you.

  2. 2 Charie
    March 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, Mike – this is excellent – you’re right. HOLY SPIRIT – download some worship songs to Mike, to aid us in increasing our intimacy with You!

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