In my estimation, church songs that focus on the Holy Spirit do well to do so in the praise of the Father and Son who pour Him out upon us, and with thanksgiving for the particular outworkings of his power in our lives.
I’ve posted Holy Spirit, Living Breath Of God and For Your Gift Of God The Spirit as songs which do this well.
Edwin Hatch’s Breathe On Me Breath Of God is a song which doesn’t really maintain that balance. For that reason I’d feel the need to contextualise it in truths of the Father and Son’s sending, the responses described being primarily directed to the Father, and the effects being asked for being grounded in the atoning work of the Lord Jesus. A lot of work, but in a thoughtfully contextualised presentation, this can be a powerful song of response.
The lyrics.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love the way you love,
and do what you would do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until with you I will one will
to do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
direct my heart’s desire,
till every earthly part of me
glows with your holy fire.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with you the perfect life
of your eternity.

An unadorned and crystal-clear version by Steve Green, featuring a traditional tune, Trentham, along with a few vocal embellishments from Steve.

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