A Hymn for Meditation

Come, Thou Almighty King 

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,
merciful, mighty Lord,
Our prayer attend.
Come and thy people bless,
and give thy word success,
And let thy righteousness on us descend.

Come, Holy Comforter,
thy sacred witness bear
in this glad hour!
Thou who almighty art,
rule now in every heart,
never from us depart, Spirit of power.

To thee, great One in Three,
eternal praises be
Hence evermore!
Thy sovereign majesty
may we in glory see,
And to eternity love and adore.

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  • What qualities of a King does God the Father express? We have many names for him. Why might the hymnwriter have selected his kingship rather than his fatherhood to express in a hymn celebrating the Trinity?
  • Where do we learn the identity of the Incarnate Word? (see John 1:1-14) What does the hymnwriter, singing to the Incarnate Word, mean by the petition “and give thy word success”?
  • What is the witness of the Holy Comforter? How does the Holy Comforter rule in every heart? If the Holy Comforter is in your heart, where can you enter into secular space? When can you shed concern for God’s call on your life and behave according to secular standards?
  • Where in the Bible can you find the image of the Trinity? (see Revelation 4 and look for all three persons.) Muslims take offense at the doctrine of the Trinity. In fact, that is the teaching that drove Mohammed to found a new religion. He said that God is One, not Three, and accused Christians of being polytheistic. How would you explain the Trinity to someone who was confused by it?