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Receive the promise of the Spirit

Title page of Helling’s The Daily Hymn Book

Today's Devotional

I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes—Ezekiel 36:27 (KJV).

Hast thou not promis’d, gracious God,
Thy holy influence to show’r?
Now shed the vital flood abroad,
On every soul the Spirit pour.

“A new heart also will I give,
And a new Spirit put within;”
By faith this promise we receive,
The pardon and the cure of sin.

However vile our hearts have been,
Thy Spirit doth our souls renew;
Sprinkle the conscience, make us clean,
And every reigning sin subdue.

A heart of flesh, instead of stone,
Is by the Holy Spirit giv’n;
The work, great God! is thine alone
To form a people fit for heav’n.

On us thy sacred Spirit shed,
Then in thy statutes we shall go;
And safely by thy precepts led,
Shall walk by faith to glory too.

About the author and the source

Late in the 1830s Nicholas Hellings found himself anxious and overwhelmed by his duties. To calm himself, he decided to write a hymn for each day of the year based on the daily Scripture given by the Christian Almanack. Above are the stanzas from today’s hymn.

Nicholas Hellings. The Daily Hymn Book Containing a Hymn on a Passage of Scripture for Every Day with an Appendix of Hymns Etc. London: Thomas Ward, 1838.

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