Welcome to the third post of this blog exploring various worship songs. Today we look at the song Holy Spirit (You are welcome here). You can find the video at this link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFByOX8Fb0M
I think this is probably one of my favourite songs in all of the worship music out there. The song begins with these words: ‘There's nothing worth more that could ever come close; No thing can compare, you're our living hope; your presence, Lord’
This is such a truthful declaration – nothing can compare to the presence of the Lord. In Psalm 84, the psalmist writes ‘Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.’ One day in the presence of the Lord is better than a thousand anywhere else. Nothing even comes close to spending time in the presence of the Lord. In that presence, amazing things can and do happen. We can hear directly from God; there are spiritual gifts occurring; healing can happen and many more. All in the presence of the Lord!
Furthermore, the song goes on to say ‘I've tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves, where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone in your presence, Lord.’ What an amazing thing this is! In the presence of the Lord we can become free and our shame become undone. All that guilt and shame and rubbish feeling that we carry can be undone, by the presence of the Lord!
The chorus then says these words, ‘Holy Spirit, You are welcome here, come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.’ If you have been coming along to NFCF in recent weeks, you may have noticed that I say the phrase ‘Holy Spirit you are welcome here’ a lot in my opening prayers. There is a reason for that. I want to make the declaration from the get go that as a church we embrace the Holy Spirit and welcome him to our gathering. I want the Holy Spirit to manifest within our meetings.
I long for the Holy Spirit to flood into our building when we meet. I long for the Holy Spirit to saturate the atmosphere with his presence. I long for us to be overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit each and every time we meet. If you are coming along to an NFCF event or service, I want to encourage to pray a prayer welcoming the Holy Spirit before we meet. Let’s get excited with anticipation for what the Holy Spirit might do!