Elizabeth Codner, 1824–1919
He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. (Psalm 72:6)
The spiritual blessings of a Spirit-filled life are intended for every believer, not just for a favored few.
The author of this hymn text was Elizabeth Codner, the wife of an Anglican clergyman. She was having her personal devotions one day when she became deeply impressed with a verse of Scripture, Ezekiel 34:26:
I will cause the shower to come down in the season, there shall be showers of blessing.
Mrs. Codner thought about the importance of water in the dry country of Palestine and related this to the necessity of the daily refreshment of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures in a believer’s life. When she was still contemplating this truth, a group of young people from the parish called on her and told the news of their recent trip to Ireland. They related that certain cities and areas of the Emerald Isle had experienced a spiritual awakening during the time of their visit. The young people were thrilled to have been witnesses of this event. As they were describing their experience, Mrs. Codner began to pray that these young men would not be content merely to have been spectators of the Holy Spirit’s ministry but would also desire a genuine outpouring of His power in their individual lives. With the words of Ezekiel 34:26 in mind, she challenged them with the remark, “While the Lord is pouring out such showers of blessing upon others, pray that some drops will fall on you.”
The following Sunday morning, Mrs. Codner stayed home from church because of illness, and with the impact of the young people’s experience still fresh in her mind, she penned these challenging words.
Lord, I hear of show’rs of blessing Thou art scatt’ring full and free; show’rs the thirsty land refreshing—let some drops now fall on me.
Love of God so pure and changeless, blood of Christ so rich and free, grace of God so strong and boundless: magnify them all in me.
Pass me not! Thy lost one bringing, bind my heart, O Lord, to Thee; while the streams of life are springing, blessing others, O bless me.
Refrain: Even me, even me, let Thy blessing fall on me.
For Today: Psalm 72; Ezekiel 34:26–31; Luke 11:13; Romans 8:4
Recall and reflect on individuals whose lives have strongly evidenced the Holy Spirit’s presence and power. Ask God in faith to make this your portion as well. Pray as you go—
Osbeck, K. W.
- Give thy judgments to the King, O God, and thy righteousness to the King’s son. Then shall he judge thy people in righteousness, and thy poor with equity. The mountains, and the hills shall bring peace to the people by justice. He shall judge the poor of the people: he shall save the children of the needy, and shall subdue the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endureth, from generation to generation. He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass, and as the showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace shall be so long as the moon endureth. His dominion shall be also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the land. They that dwell in the wilderness, shall kneel before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts. Yea, all kings shall worship him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper. He shall be merciful to the poor and needy, and shall preserve the souls of the poor. He shall redeem their souls from deceit and violence, and dear shall their blood be in his sight. Yea, he shall live, and unto him shall they give the gold of Sheba: they shall also pray for him continually, and daily bless him. An handful of corn shall be sown in the earth, even in the top of the mountains, and the fruit thereof shalt shake like the trees of Lebanon: and the children shall flourish out of the city like the grass of the earth. His name shall be forever: his name shall endure as long as the Sun: all nations shall bless him, and be blessed in him. Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel which only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious Name forever: and let all the earth be filled with his glory. So be it, even so be it. Here end the prayers of David the son of Jesse. Psalm 72
- And I will set them, as a blessing, even round about my mountains, and I will cause rain to come down in due season: and there shall be rain of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall give her fruit, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the cords of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hands of those that served themselves of them. And they shall no more be spoiled of the heathen, neither shall the beasts of the land devour them, but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the reproach of the heathen anymroe. Thus shall they understand, that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel are my people, saith the Lord God. And ye my sheep, the sheep of my pasture are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God, . Ezekiel 34:26–31
- If ye then which are evil, can give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the holy Ghost to them that desire him? Luke 11:13
- That that righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, which walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4