Sunday, June 19, 2011
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
We sang one of my favorite hymns today. I first heard it sung by Shirley Temple in the movie, Heidi, then it was a song we sang in the Lutheran churches we attended for eight years. During that time, I transcribed the tune to play on my bagpipes.
It is an old hymn but not a dirge hymn; and it has some good theology as well.
Holy God, we praise Thy name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee;
All on earth They scepter claim;
All in heav’n above adore Thee.
Infinite Thy vast domain;
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark, the glad celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and seraphim
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heav’ns with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy Lord.
Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit: Three we name Thee
While in essence only one;
Undivided God we claim Thee,
And adoring, bend the knee
While we sing our praise to Thee.