And the words of the song we sang were holy, holy, holy, merciful, and mighty, and sitting there on the pew I started stringing words hoping to convey to you what was comforting my soul.
He. You know the He who is holy, holy, holy, right?
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Happy, happier, happiest. There are no such superlatives for holy. So the English translators gave us holy, holy, holy. Or so I’ve heard.
I thought I’d find us a dictionary definition of holy so I went to Webster’s Dictionary the 1828 edition.
I was confident that I would get a more accurate description there than in today’s dictionaries. I was right. In part Noah Webster defined the word holy this way:
free from sin and sinful affections
That says it.
Is anybody you’ve seen in the mirror or across the table free from sin and sinful affections?
None except GOD. Holy, holy, holy.
But that’s not all He is.
He’s merciful and mighty.
Merciful to forgive a sinner like me. Webster said:
Yep! The holy, holy, holy One is disposed to pity offenders.
A lot of folks I think don’t know that about Him.
We should tell them!
And more than pity, His mercy is coupled with might.
Mighty enough to save us and transform us!
And what He starts He is going to finish.
You can count on that.
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Holy, holy, holy, merciful, and mighty.
That’s who He is.
Shall we Rejoice and Rest in that today my Friends?
Truly good news! I love that hymn. As much as I am blessed by contemporary worship music…and I am…the old hymns of the faith are still so powerful to me. Thanks for the reminder of Who we serve.