O Lord, Thou art the Spirit now

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Steward Carter

Columbus, North Dakota, U.S.A.

I experience the Spirit when I read or sing this hymn. "O Lord, Thou art the Spirit now that transforms us and satuates, and to Thine image true conforms and with Thy light illuminates." By touching the Spirit, my whole being is satuated with His divine life. I experience the conformation and the illumination individually. But this should be the experience of every normal Christian. So, the church by touching His Spirit should be satuated with the divine life and conformed to His image and illuminated by His light. Then, "O how divine and glorious" will the church be.

The last part of this hymn is a prayer. "Lord, teach me how to exercise my spirit now to contact Thee, that in thy Spirit I may walk and live by Thy reality."

The troubles in Manila were provoked by the people in Taiwan, and the troubles in Taiwan were incited by the people in Manila. They joined together with one another just like Herod and Pilate. In the summer of 1961 I went to the Philippines to lead the young people's training in Baguio, a city situated on a mountain. That training was unprecedented. The young people became vitalized, and everyone was praying. During the meetings they sang from the eighty-five new hymns that I wrote, including, "O glorious Christ, Savior mine, / Thou art truly radiance divine," "Oh, what a life! Oh, what a peace!" and "O Lord, Thou art the Spirit now" (Hymns, #501, #499, #493). The more everyone sang, the more they were released; eventually, everyone was released.