Lord, in Thy Spirit, take and fill my heart

Lord, in Thy Spirit, take and fill my heart;
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;
Into my spirit all Thy grace impart,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Hast Thou not bid us love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own—soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross—there teach my heart to cling.
Oh, let me seek Thee, and, oh, let me find.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Teach me to love Thee with a virgin love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
Thus all the riches of Thyself to prove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

Alfred P Gibbs was born in Birmingham, England in 1890. He was raised in Johannesburg South Africa. His twin brother brought him to Christ when he was a youth.

During WWII, he served as a military chaplain preaching to soldiers in training camps.

In 1919, he set out to Moody Bible institute and soon became involved with the Operation Rescue Mission with other prominent men of faith.

Alfred never married like JN Darby he lived out of a suitcase. Most of his writings were devoted to young believers.

In 1931, he published a songbook with his own words, music and composition. He was best known for his work with children.

In 1967, Gibbs died in an automobile accident. He is best remembered as a great Gospel preacher and a loving friend. Some of his hymns ara in “Choice Hymns of the Faith.”

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

The original 1st stanza says:

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;

Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;

And make me love Thee as I ought to love.


The original stanza 3, line 1 says "me" instead of "us", and stanzas 3 & 4 are in reverse order.


The original last stanza says:

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,

One holy passion filling all my frame;

The baptism of the heav'n-descended Dove,

My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.


In the last stanza, 3rd line, "baptism" is changed to "kindling", "fullness" or "presence" in most hymnals to make it easier to sing as 2 syllables.

IrisCrystal Seok

South Korea

This lyric reminds me of one of the ministry messages:

“The Bible tells us that we have three different enemies: (1) the flesh—in us. (2) the world—outside of us, and (3) Satan—above and below us. According to the ascended position of the church, Satan is under us…. The flesh is set against the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:17). The world opposes the Father (1 Jn. 2:15). And Satan contends with Christ (1 Jn. 3:8). We thus see that the flesh is overcome by walking after the Spirit; the world is overcome by loving the Father; and Satan is overcome by believing in Christ… Unshaken by outward and inward forces, this is victory. No flesh activating itself within, no worldly attraction or instigation stirring without, and no Satanic ground being yielded to beneath—that is victory. Throughout His life, our Lord never lived according to the flesh. He had set the flesh so completely aside that He was the first man in whom Satan had absolutely nothing. Neither the flesh nor the world nor the devil had any place in Him…

Therefore, God’s overcomers must forsake all self-complacencies, pay the cost, let the cross cut off all that comes out of the old creation, and stand against the gates of Hates (Matt. 16:18).

Are you willing to hurt your own heart that you may gain God’s heart? Are you ready to let yourself be defeated so that the Lord may triumph? When your obedience is made full, God will quickly avenge all the disobedience (2 Cor. 10:6).”

It also reminds me of one sentence from a minister:

“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the Heart of God.”

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

George Croly came from Ireland to minister in a small parish church in London. During his 25 years of service there he had much time for writing and became known for poems, novels, biographies and plays. Then when he was 50 years old, he was asked to reopen a church in one of London's worst slums that had been closed for more than a century. Croly's preaching soon attracted crowds. At the age of 74, he prepared a new hymnal for the congregation, including this hymn under the title "Holiness Desired." In this hymn he shuts the door and asks for a fresh filling of the Spirit. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown and Norton