~* HOLY, HOLY, HOLY *~
Reginald Heber, 1783-1826

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand....
Psalm 95:6 & 7

"O LORD, grant that I may desire Thee, and desiring Thee, seek Thee, and seeking Thee, find Thee, and finding Thee, be satisfied with Thee forever!"

"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." (Revelation 4:8). These are the words of worship that believers will proclaim in Heaven one day! This majestic text based on these words of Scripture was written over 150 years ago by a minister of the gospel, Reginald Heber; and it is still one of the hymns most frequently used in our corporate worship today.

Worship is the cornerstone of a believer's spiritual life. The bedrock of the local church is its worship service, and all aspects of the church's ministry are founded here. It is only as a Christian truly worships the Lord that he begins to grow spiritually. Learning to worship and praise God, then, should be a believer's lifetime pursuit. Our worship reflects the depth of our relationship with God. We must learn to worship God not only for what He is doing in our personal lives, but above all for Who He is--His being, character, and deeds.

It is so vitally important to know, as we are reminded in this beautiful song of worship, that we worship a triune God. One God in three persons -- Jehovah God, God Almighty. "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." I John 5:7

Reginald Heber was a highly respected minister, writer, and church leader, serving for a time in Calcutta. His early death at the age of 43 was widely mourned throughout the Christian world. One year after his death, a collection of 57 of his hymns was published by his widow and many friends as a tribute to his memory and faithful ministry. It is from this collection of 1827 that these words were taken.


Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!



*For Today*: Psalm 145:8-21; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:5-11, 5:13

What does worship mean to you? How could your times of worship be improved?

Music

The beautiful midi arrangement of "Holy, Holy, Holy" is from
DigitalHymnal.Org

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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