This week, after being out of the country for nearly a month with no access to any contemporary Christian music, I finally turned on the radio while driving around town running errands. With song after song, it began to weigh heavily on my mind the varying degrees of theological recklessness contained in them. As a result, this is the first part of a new series that is intended to provide a discerning perspective on some of these potentially damaging songs. However, even though many of them are well intentioned, the potential theological ramifications they pose are too great to just simply ignore and sing along.
The song in question today is a popular one sung by an extremely popular modern group in which they plead for the Holy Spirit to “rain down, rain down, let Your power fall, let Your voice be heard, come and change our hearts.” While I completely understand and agree with this plea, I can’t help but remember that Holy Spirit has been here for nearly 2,000 years! In Acts 2:1-4, as promised by Jesus prior to His ascension, the Holy Spirit finally indwelled believers to transform them in the likeness of Christ and equip them for their commissioned work. Since that time, every believer receives the Spirit upon conversion and enters into daily communion with Him for the purpose of glorifying Christ in all things. Despite the potential for quenching and grieving Him through our sinful thoughts and actions during sanctification, this communion remains.
Over the years of my pathetic, sinful life, the Spirit has always demonstrated His presence in this world. I saw Him in a hopeless sinner who, while under such heavy conviction, could not hide in a pew any longer and flung his sin-ridden body on an altar in front of hundreds of strangers with zero concern of embarrassment. I saw His power when a woman was freed from nine demons that tormented her for many years, and the peaceful look He put on her face when she was finally free. I also saw His power in the woman who was completely healed of stage IV inoperable cervical cancer, and I heard Him through this same woman, my mother, as she prayed to her Father in that sweet, heavenly language that only comes through Holy Spirit’s presence and power in a believer’s life.
Yes, He has been here all along, desiring to demonstrate His dynamic power to all through humble servants who eagerly listen and willingly obey Him. Oh, what a revival it will be when this happens throughout His church…now that is truly something to sing about!
- Lyrics and song by Hillsong.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NKJV) and Ephesians 4:30 (NKJV).