Holy, Holy, Holy (Reginald Heber 1783-1826)
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8). These are the words of worship that believers will proclaim in Heaven one day. This majestic text based on these words was written approximately one hundred and [seventy] years ago by an Anglican minister, Reginald Heber, and it is still one of the hymns most frequently used in our corporate worship.
Worship is the cornerstone of a believer’s spiritual life. The bedrock of a local church is its worship service, and all aspects of a church’s ministry are founded here. It is only as a Christian truly worships that he [and she] begin to grow spiritually. Learning to worship and praise God, then, should be a believer’s lifetime pursuit. Our worship reflects the depth of our relationship with God. We must learn to worship God not only for what He is doing in our personal lives, but above all for who He is – His Being, character, and deeds.
Reginald Heber was a highly respected minister, write, and church minister, serving for a time as the Bishop of Calcutta. His early death at age 43 was widely mourned throughout the Christian world. One year after his death, a collection of 57 of his hymns was published by his widow and many friends as a tribute to his memory and faithful ministry.
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