There are roughly 130 songs sung at least once a year when the church gathers at Austin Bluffs. Out of that number, eighty-two songs explicitly mention God by name. Jesus is mentioned in eighty-one songs. The Holy Spirit is mentioned twenty times.

Although the Holy Spirit's work is always focused on exalting God in Christ (John 16), this is not meant to imply that the Spirit somehow forfeits the right of praise received by the Godhead. Because He shares in perfect union with God the Father and God the Son, He shares in every ounce of that glory, that praise, and should bask in every part of the worship of the Three-in-One. To his congregation, Charles Spurgeon spoke this way of the Spirit's due honor:

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, honor the Spirit of God as you would honor Jesus Christ if He were present! If Jesus Christ were dwelling in your house you would not ignore Him, you would not go about your business as if He were not there! Do not ignore the Presence of the Holy Spirit in your soul! I beseech you, do not live as if you had not heard whether there were a Holy Spirit. To Him pay your constant adorations. Reverence the august Guest who has been pleased to make your body His sacred abode. Love Him, obey Him, worship Him!"

Simply put, we need more songs about the Holy Spirit! God the Spirit will be one such addition, written by Matt Boswell and featured on Cardiphonia's Pentacost Songs. The lyrics for this "revived" hymn were drawn from the LYRA FIDELIUM: Twelve Hymns of the Twelve Articles of the Apostles' Creed, published in 1866 by Samuel J. Stone. The text itself is a summary of the truths contained within the eighth article of the Apostles' Creed, which states, "I believe in the Holy Spirit."

BONUS FACT: our church also sings the hymn inspired by the ninth article, "...the Holy Catholic (universal) Church, the Communion of Saints". That hymn is "The Church's One Foundation".

The Holy Spirit convicts (John 16:7-8), transforms (2 Cor. 3:17-18), liberates (Rom. 8:2), regenerates and renews (Titus 3:4-7), testifies (1 John 5:6-8; Rom. 8:14-17), recreates (John 3:5-8), unites (1 Cor. 12:12-13), indwells (1 Cor. 3:16), assures (Eph. 1:13-14), leads (Rom. 8:5-9), illuminates and inspires (1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Peter 1:20-21) and much, much more. Therefore, it is more than fitting to joyfully adore God the Spirit!

VERSE 1
Holy fount of inspiration
By whose gift the great of old
Spoke the word of revelation
Marvelous and manifold

CHORUS
God the Spirit we adore Thee
In the Triune Godhead One
One in love and power and glory
With the Father and the Son

VERSE 2
Author of the new creation
Giver of the second birth
May Thy ceaseless renovation
Cleanse our souls from stains of earth

VERSE 3
When we wander, Lord direct us
Keep us in the Master’s way
Let Thy strong, swift sword protect us
Warring in the evil day

BRIDGE
Shall the church now faint or fear
When the Comforter is near?

Words: Samuel J Stone, Words & Music: Matt Boswell © 2010 Dayspring Music, LLC (BMI)