One of my favorite Sovereign Grace songs is “O Great God,” which we sing often at church. This morning’s sermon from I Corinthians 2 was a reminder that it is only the Spirit who gives life and wisdom. And each time we sing this song, the truth of the second verse in particular always stuns me into humility and thankfulness — that it is the Spirit alone who awakens my heart.

O great God of highest heaven,

Occupy my lowly heart;

Own it all and reign supreme,

Conquer every rebel power.

Let no vice or sin remain

That resists Your holy war;

You have loved and purchased me –

Make me Yours forevermore.

I was blinded by my sin,

Had no ears to hear Your voice,

Did not know Your love within,

Had no taste for Heaven’s joys.

Then Your Spirit gave me life,

Opened up Your Word to me;

Through the gospel of Your Son,

Gave me endless hope and peace.

Help me now to live a life

That’s dependent on Your grace,

Keep my heart and guard my soul

From the evils that I face.

You are worthy to be praised

With my every thought and deed –

O great God of highest heaven,

Glorify Your name through me.

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