~* COME, THOU ALMIGHTY KING *~
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalm 24:9 & 10
In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer left these choice words regarding the Trinity:
"The doctrine of the Trinity...is truth for the heart. The fact that it cannot be satisfactorily explained, instead of being against it, is in its favor. Such a truth had to be
revealed; no one could have imagined it."
The doctrine of the Trinity has been controversial since the earliest days of Christianity. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea affirmed its belief in the Triune
Godhead. During the 16th Century Reformation period, it was again denied by the Socinians. And still today many liberal theologians and groups are blatant in
their denial. They often speak of God, the Father of all, Jesus, the mere man, and the divine influence of the Spirit of God. This form of blasphemy relegates each
member of the Godhead to a role far less than that ascribed in the Bible.
This familiar Trinity hymn is also one of our most popular "opening hymns" for a SonDay morning worship service. It appeared anonymously in England in about
1757 to commemorate Trinity SonDay. It has been attributed by some to Charles Wesley since it first appeared in a pamphlet published by John Wesley.
This is a hymn that must always be sung with all of the stanzas. To omit any of the first three would be to slight either God the Father, God the Son, or God the
Holy Spirit.. The fourth stanza is a grand affirmation of the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity, that God is One, yet Three, and ever worthy of our love and
Come, Thou almighty King,
Help us Thy Name to sing, help us to praise!
Father all glorious, o'er all victorious,
Come and reign over us, Ancient of Days!
Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty Sword, our prayer attend!
Come, and Thy people bless, and give Thy Word success,
Spirit of holiness, on us descend!
Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear in this glad hour.
Thou Who almighty art, now rule in every heart,
And ne’er from us depart, Spirit of pow'r!
To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be, hence, evermore.
Thy sovereign majesty may we in Glory see,
And through eternity love and adore!
*For Today*: Psalm 47, 103:19; John 8:54, 10:31-33; Acts 5:3 & 4
Reflect again on the importance of having a proper perspective regarding the Godhead. What are the dangers of giving less than full and equal recognition of deity to each member of the Trinity? Praise JEHOVAH, the Almighty King!
Music url: The Cyber Hymnal
Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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