As Kristyn Getty says at the beginning, make this a prayer as you sing and focus on the meaning of the words. What a wonderful spiritual song, full of Scriptural words and concepts! “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16) It is important to constantly abide in the Lord in His word, prayer, and worship. (John 15:1-16) This song is a wonderful prayer of submission to the Holy Spirit and asking the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and lives and cause us to act in holiness and godliness. In involvement in evangelism and apologetics and defending the faith against the attacks of skeptics, atheists, liberal-Leftists and liberal theologians, Muslims, homosexuals, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other groups that seek to destroy the Christian faith, it is very important to constantly come back to simple devotional reading of Scripture, meditation, prayer and worship.
I love Kristyn Getty’s Irish accent as she cites (at the end of the song) part of a prayer that is traditionally ascribed to St. Patrick, the missionary to the Irish in the 400s AD:
“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.”
This is the end of an adaptation of St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer. In 1889, Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), penned the version at the request of H. H. Dickinson, Dean of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle. see details here.