Monday Morning Melody

In my current study of 1 Peter, we recently concentrated on verses 13-16 of chapter one,

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”.”

That naturally brought about the question of what holiness is, and how to be holy. I have heard it taught that in the Hebrew language, they don’t modify words to emphasize their meaning, such as big, bigger, and biggest. They simply repeat them. So in passages like Isaiah 6:3 or Revelation 4:8 where God is called “holy, holy, holy”, it’s like saying He’s not just holy, He’s holier, He’s holiest!

Because I had been dwelling on these verses from 1 Peter all week, singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” in church Sunday was that much more meaningful. Imagine what better worship I could experience if I were always meditating on Scripture?

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, blessed 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, blessed Trinity!

Words by Reginald Heber

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