Hymns

The hymn “Holy Holy Holy” is very theological.

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!

This is one of the reasons I like hymns so much. They’re very theologically and doctrinally sound compared to a lot of music that you hear in Christian radio programming. Many times, it’s difficult to tell whether they are talking about a boyfriend or Jesus, partially due to the fact that His name is no longer mentioned. The songs of old, hymns, were all about giving glory and honor to the Lord. Another beautiful hymn is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”:

When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree; Then I am dead to all the globe, And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small: Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

I’m somewhat outgrowing gospel music. It’s very emotions bent at times and rarely do you hear Biblical truths other than the basics. The last 3 CDs I purchased – Adie (Don’t Wait), Phil Wickham (Phil Wickham), and Echoing Angels (You Alone) are proper praise. The focus is on His glory and not emotions. I really like that.

Anyhow, there goes my random spill for the night. Gosh, I am very tired.

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