A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalCome, Thou Almighty King
Author Unknown
Text from http://www.hymnsite.com/

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,
on us descend!

Come, holy Comforter,
thy sacred witness bear
in this glad hour.
Thou who almighty art,
now rule in every heart,
and ne’er 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!

  • What sentiment, anathema to the concept of self-actualization, is stated in the final line of the first verse?
  • How does the hymnwriter express the unchanging nature of God?
  • By what titles does the hymn writer address the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? How do these three words amplify the theme of the hymn? (The theme is God, sovereign over the universe, one God in three Persons)
  • This hymn celebrates the Trinity, the mysterious Three in One. How is that unity expressed in the final verse?
  • This hymn is a prayer, invoking the presence of God. Why do we need such a hymn? Isn’t God everywhere at all times?