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#Hymns

#Hymns: Holy, Holy, Holy

      聖なる、聖なる聖なる!主全能の神は!

      早朝に私たちの曲はあなたに上昇しなければならない。

      聖なる、聖なる、聖なるを!慈悲深いと、強大な

      三人で神、三位一体を祝福

      聖なる、聖なる、聖なる!すべての聖徒は、、あなたを崇拝します

            、ガラス状の海の周りに彼らの黄金の冠をダウンキャスト

            ケルビムとセラフィムが、あなたの前に落下

            いるウェルトをし、芸術、常になかれがあること!

      聖なる、聖なる、聖なる闇は、あなたを非表示にかかわらず

      罪深い男のあなたの栄光の目には見えないかもしれないが、

      唯一のあなたは神聖な芸術、あなたの横に何も、ありません

      愛と純度でパワーで完璧では、。

      聖なる、聖なる、聖なる!主全能の神!

            すべてのあなたの作品は大地と空と海に、あなたの名前を賞賛しなければならない。

      聖なる、聖なる、聖なる!慈悲深いと、強大な

      三人で神、三位一体を祝福しました。

To many, the characters above may look like chicken scratch, but having been a child involved a house church in Japan, this is what I saw in my hymn book as the crowd of Japanese people around me so eloquently sang the hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy. Many times growing up, I would hear this song echo through the room on Sunday mornings. It was only later, thinking back on these moments, that I saw how beautiful that scene really was.

Japan, being a country that is so spiritually dry, a song like Holy, Holy, Holy, held great meaning. One of those reasons was because there was an understanding that being a believer in Christ meant that we had God’s Spirit living in us. His Spirit being alive and active among Japanese believers was what gave these people hope. Singing this hymn on Sunday morning showed how much that hope really meant. A people from a culture so immersed in the ideology of “let me do as good as I can so I earn merit in the afterlife” was also grateful for freedom in Christ. The line in the song where is states, “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” was sung with great joy.

As I sit here and think upon my own spiritual life and the words of this hymn, I’m wondering if I would allude as much joy as these people did singing:

            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,

            which wert, and art, and evermore shalt 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.

What a question. There are times I find myself in this place. How about you? When you sing songs of praise like this one, do you really think upon the truth that lies at its center? Are you transformed by it? I encourage you to meditate on a song like this one and reflect on Scripture as you do this. It’s easy as American Christians to get so used to our Christian “culture” that we can lose sight at times the joy of the Gospel through song. I pray that this time of reflection stirs within us a renewed joy and understanding of all Christ has done for us and our world.

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