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Feb 2021

In the Hands of Christ My King

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. – John 16:13–14

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new song to our gathering, In the Hands of Christ My King, by Austin Stone Worship. The Christian journey fundamentally changes when we begin to ask God for more of His Spirit to be poured into us. When was the last time you asked God to fill you with His Spirit? As we make this a daily discipline of asking in prayer, God is faithful to answer that prayer. The Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, directs us, and empowers us for greater faithfulness in our walk with Christ. There is a beautiful Trinitarian dance at play when we ask God the Father to give us more of the Spirit so that we might know and be certain of the work of the Son. Here are the lyrics to this prayerful song that walks us into the middle of this dance:

Come Holy Spirit, move in power
Ignite my heart with Your holy fire
Show me the Father, show me the Son
Revive my soul again, O Spirit come

The request in this first verse is a simple one: “Come Holy Spirit, move in power.” It is a cry that has marked the church from the beginning. It was the exhortation of Christ to the church that they do nothing until the Spirit moved in power (Acts 1:4-8), and it was their experience that the Spirit moved powerfully in their midst again and again (Acts 2:2; 4:31; 9:31; 10:44; 13:9; 13:24; 13:52; 19:6). When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, he exhorted them to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) as the fuel in their quest to live holy lives as a community of faith. The cry of the believer for the manifest power of the Spirit should be frequent and faith-filled.

All my hope is found in the hands of Christ my King
May my life be found in the hands of Christ my King

Part of what Jesus promised would be evidence of the moving of the Spirit was an increased glorification of the Son, and a sure and certain assurance and resting in the truth of the gospel. This is what Jesus promised in John 16:13-14 above. Charles Spurgeon summarized this when he said:

It is the chief office of the Holy Spirit to glorify Christ. He does many things, but this is what he aims at in all of them, to glorify Christ. Brethren, what the Holy Ghost does must be right for us to imitate: therefore, let us endeavour to glorify Christ. To what higher ends can we devote ourselves, than to something to which God the Holy Ghost devotes himself? Be this, then, your emotional prayer, “Blessed Spirit, help me ever to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ!”

The chorus sings of this result. The chorus of a Spirit-filled people is that all of their hope and indeed life lies solely in the kind kingship of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us to glorify Christ​.

Come Holy Spirit, fill me up
Till I am carried by Your rising flood
Show me the Father, show me the Son
Revive my soul again, O Spirit come

If You’re not here I don’t want to be
I won’t be moved unless You move
I want You more than the air I breathe
I need You, I need You

This outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which moves our minds and hearts to glorify Christ, ought to result in a realization: our lives need the presence and power of God more than anything else, and a life lived without the manifest company of God is a life that is not worth pursuing. Once we have tasted the presence of the Holy Spirit, then our hearts ought to refuse to settle for a life that lacks that flavor. This is a cry of dependence, and an acknowledgement of deep need which ought to mark our gathered times of worship in order to guard us against the dull drudgery of just running meetings, and never actually meeting with God.

You can listen to In the Hands of Christ My King by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. As we sing “Come Holy Spirit”​ on Sunday, I pray that he would show us the glory of the Son so that we might find all of our hope in Him and His work. I pray that he would help us realize that without his presence and power at work in our midst, our gatherings, and our lives, will be ineffective and unattractive to the world around us.


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