There is a song once considered “contemporary” but now is old enough to be in our hymnal with the title above. It was composed by Lanny Wolfe in 1973. Most of us know the refrain (chorus) that is in our hymnal and have sung it before, but unfortunately texts to the stanzas were omitted from our hymnal. The song actually refers to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives which is understood more clearly by seeing these words:
Satan’s like a roaring lion roaming to and fro
Seeking whom he may devour, The Bible tells us so.
Many souls have been his prey to fall in some weak hour.
But God has promised us today, His overcoming power.
On the day of Pentecost, a rushing mighty wind
Blew into the upper room and baptized all of them
With a power greater than any earthly foe.
And I’m so glad I’ve got it too, I’ll let the whole world know.
(Chorus) Greater is He that is in me, greater is He that is in me
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
As we approach this new year and focus on the theme that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are greater than the power of Satan, we need to understand that we all, as Christians, have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. So what will do with this gift?
As Christians, we can easily become discouraged with so much going on in our world…especially right now as I write this article. It seems overwhelming. We throw up our hands and say, “what can I do?” Perhaps we feel as though we are failing. But that is when we need to sing this song and know we have the power, given to us by God, to overcome anything that we face.
People around us are looking for hope. They are looking for answers. We have those answers. We have the promises. Who can we influence in 2016? Many times it comes with a simple invitation to worship. Remember the promise of this song based on the passage below:
“The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.“
~ I John 4:4