Holy, Holy, Holy

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee:
Holy. holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in the Highest, blessed Majesty!
2. Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which was, and art, and evermore shalt be.
3. 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.
4. 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!
Yea, let thy Son be blest eternally.

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God Almighty!

God's voice or message in human nature calls us to the exercise of our very highest privilege-worship!

Naturally every man and woman craves a God and desires to worship. We see this in the heathen. We recognize it in ourselves. St. Paul represents the heathen as blinded by ignorance and as feeling after God, if haply they might find him-find that which would be the most happifying thing that could possibly come to them-the thing which their souls continually crave. (Acts 17:27) But unintentionally we have driven the heathen away from God, as we have driven ourselves away from him, by false doctrines which have misrepresented the divine person, character and plan. Nobody wants a demon for a God. Nobody loves demons. While we have declared in Bible language that God is love, that he is the Father of mercies, from whom cometh down every good and every perfect gift, nevertheless our creeds have discounted this-for how could we believe that a loving God, the Father of mercies, would prearrange or foreordain, with full knowledge and power, for the eternal torture of thousands of millions of our race?

It is time for us to come to appreciate this beautiful hymn, and to sing from the heart, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!" It is time, too, for us to recognize that divine holiness most absolutely contradicts the blasphemous theories of our creeds, which St. Paul styles "doctrines of devils," and which came to us from away back in the dark ages. (1 Timothy 4:1) The further we get away from those creeds, the more beauty of divine holiness we will discern and the more of it we will be able to copy in our own hearts and lives; and the more we will be able to teach it to others and to show forth the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. - 1 Peter 2:9

It will be noticed that the words of this beautiful hymn are slightly altered from the Church of England usage, which sings of one God in three persons. This delusion Emperor Constantine forced upon the church through the Nicene Council in A.D. 325. Since then, those who accepted his trinitarian theory have shed much innocent blood, in their endeavor to establish it. But Bible students are finding that neither the word trinity nor any thought respecting trinity is to be found in the Bible. What a relief this gives-from the confusion of the statement that three persons are one person, or, reversely, that one person is three persons! The Bible alone is reasonable, sensible, beautiful. - 2 Timothy 3:16,17