Call-Breathe-Drink (Part 2 of 3)
"O Lord, breathe Thy Spirit on me,
This is the first stanza of an A. B. Simpson hymn (see #255 of Hymns*). Refreshing and disarming, we are thus drawn into fellowship with God on whom we may empty everything that makes our life sad and from whom we may receive what we need to live our lives properly. May God open our eyes to see that what we need is just the Lord's Spirit!
Speaking of the Spirit, John 20:22 says that the Lord Jesus breathed into His disciples and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is actually Jesus Himself who is the very God coming into us in His resurrection (14:17-18; 20:28). He is that very breath, the heavenly air, breathed into us for us to have life (10:10). So now, we may breathe Him in by calling on His name just as He intended that we have life in His name (20:31). His name is just His person and He is the Spirit who gives life (6:63). When we call, the Spirit comes. We get the Holy Spirit, the Holy Breath, by calling "O Lord Jesus!"
Even the prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament shows us that calling is spiritual breathing: "I called upon Your name, O Jehovah, From the lowest pit. You have heard my voice; do not hide Your ear at my breathing, at my cry" (Lam. 3:55-56). So call on His name all the time, breathe Him in moment by moment, and may the last stanza of the above-mentioned hymn be our song always:
"I am breathing every moment,
* Hymns is published by Living Stream Ministry.