Holy, Holy, Holy
Written by: Steve Dalton Recorded by: Ricky Spears
Holy, Holy, Holy was written by Reginald Heber in 1861. The hymn was composed to celebrate Trinity Sunday and uses a three-fold repetition throughout to emphasize the triune nature of God.
- Throughout the hymn "holy, holy, holy"
- Verse 2 "was, is, and evermore shall be"
- Verse 3 "perfect in power, in love, and purity"
- Verse 4 "earth, and sky, and sea"
We do not often meditate on the truth of the trinity. Many denominations and church traditions tend to emphasize one member of the Godhead above the others. That is human nature. It is helpful at times to stop and be mindful of the amazing truth of one God in three unique persons.
Holy, Holy, Holy is more than a nice song with cool repetition. The song is a musical picture of a scene recorded by two men in the Bible. In Isaiah 6, the prophet Isaiah sees a vision of God on His throne.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
from Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV)
The other man was the apostle John who saw a vision of God on His throne while in exile on the island Patmos. This is recorded in Revelation 4 and is the primary scripture reference in this meditation.
Our hope is through this meditation you will grow in your relationship with the fullness of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
(for timing reasons verse 3 is not included in this meditation)