A Hymn to the Holiness of God

candle-flame“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings.  Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come’” (Revelation 4:8).

Reginald Heber was the Bishop of Calcutta. He had a vision of heaven based on Revelation 4:8-11 and wrote this very famous hymn (published after his death). It is a hymn to the holiness of God and to the mysteries of heaven. Perhaps today you can sing it or recite it. Let it come to mind today whenever you have a passing moment and let its truths call you to think of God in heaven:



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 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!

–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

Prayer Points

Give praise to Jesus as the manna that has come down from heaven, the bread of life who nourishes the hungry with himself (Jn. 6:48-51). Thank him for taking care of your spiritual as well as your physical needs. Confess those times during the past week when you have failed to come to Jesus in prayer in order to receive all that you need. Commit yourself to spending more time in his presence. Ask Jesus to show you his power to take care of all the desires of your heart (Mt. 6:33).

Pray for generous giving to meet the desperate needs of those stricken with famine, earthquake, war, floods, or other disasters. Ask God to use such giving as a powerful witness to the gospel (2 Cor. 9:10-14).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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