Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Holy, Holy Holy

Holy, holy, holy

Is the Lord God Almighty

Who was and is and is to come!

We know the words to the song that echoes eternally in the throne room of God. But we don't know the tune. I'd like to think it has many tunes. Maybe all at the same time. Music in heaven could easily have many more dimensions than it does on earth.

I imagine as the anthem of worship has pealed forth over and over and over that the echoes have, at times, made their way through to our world. Each time, someone heard a faint impression of the melody and wrote it down. How many Holy, Holy, Holies are there? And yet, I am still moved and awed by them.

Songwriters have been teaching us new songs since time out of mind. Each gives us an inkling of the glory of God, but none can capture it completely. We need new songs. We need to have the boundaries of our minds and hearts stretched. Music may be one of the only ways we come close to apprehending the infinite nature of God.


I was dreaming tonight ... awake but dreaming ... of those who have passed on. One of the Holy, Holy, Holies was playing and because of it I remembered Paula. It was her favorite. I imagined her singing it. Then I tried to imagine my Grandma singing it. I couldn't. It's not her style.

But perhaps...

Being in the throne room changes us. We share all of the tunes. All at once. We sing sincerely to the beat of drums that are not native to us. The One who is to be praised is over all and through all and in all. And the Holy, Holy, Holy rings on.

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