COME, THOU ALMIGHTY KING
Source unknown, c. 1757
Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is He, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—He is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:9, 10)
In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer left these choice words regarding the Trinity:
The doctrine of the Trinity … is truth for the heart. The fact that it cannot be satisfactorily explained, instead of being against it, is in its favor. Such a truth had to be revealed; no one could have imagined it.
The doctrine of the Trinity has been controversial since the earliest days of Christianity. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea affirmed its belief in the Triune Godhead. During the 16th century Reformation period, it was again denied by the Socinians. And still today many liberal theologians and groups are blatant in their denial. They often speak of God, the Father of all, Jesus, the mere man, and the divine influence of the Spirit of God. This form of blasphemy relegates each member of the Godhead to a role far less than that ascribed in the Bible.
This familiar Trinity hymn is also one of our most popular “opening hymns” for a Sunday morning worship service. It appeared anonymously in England in about 1757 to commemorate Trinity Sunday. It has been attributed by some to Charles Wesley since it first appeared in a pamphlet published by John Wesley.
This is a hymn that must always be sung with all four stanzas. To omit any of the first three would be to slight one of the members of the Godhead. The fourth stanza is a grand affirmation of the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity, that God is One yet Three and ever worthy of our love and adoration.
Come, Thou Almighty King, help us Thy name to sing; help us to praise: Father, all glorious, o’er all victorious, come and reign over us, Ancient of Days.
Come, Thou Incarnate Word, gird on Thy mighty sword, our prayer attend: Come and Thy people bless, and give Thy word success—Spirit of holiness, in us descend.
Come, Holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear in this glad hour: Thou who almighty art, now rule in ev’ry heart, and ne’er from us depart, Spirit of pow’r.
To the great One in Three eternal praises be, hence evermore: His sov’reign majesty, may we in glory see, and to eternity love and adore.
For Today: Psalm 47; 103:19; John 8:54; 10:31-33; Acts 5:3, 4
Reflect again on the importance of having a proper perspective regarding the Godhead. What are the dangers of giving less than full and equal recognition of deity to each member of the Trinity? Carry this musical truth with you—
Osbeck, K. W.Psalm 47
- All people clap your hands; sing loud unto God with a joyful voice. For the Lord is high, and terrible: a great King over all the earth. He hath subdued the people under us, and the nations under our feet. He hath chosen our inheritance for us: even the glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. God is gone up with triumph, even the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises everyone that hath understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon his holy Throne. The princes of the people are gathered unto the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the world belong to God: he is greatly to be exalted. Psalm 47
- The Lord hath prepared his throne in heaven, and his kingdom ruleth over all. Psalm 103:19
- Jesus answered, If I honor myself, mine honor is nothing worth: it is my Father that honoreth me, whom ye say, that he is your God. John 8:54
- Then the Jews again took up stones, to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father: for which of these works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For the good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy, and that thou being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:31-33
- Then said Peter, Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And kept away part of the price, his wife also being of counsel, and brought a certain part, and laid it down at the Apostle’s feet. Acts 5:3-4