Today we highlight the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns, Come, Thou Almighty King. The original hymn is anonymous, but there is also a version attributed to Charles Wesley, who added a verse between the second and third verses of the original. The music, that we are familiar with is by Felice de Giardini, and dates to 1769.
You will notice that this hymn is Trinitarian in nature. Each of the first three verses is addressed to a different member of the Godhead,and culminates in the great Trinitarian praise of the final verse. Sometimes we need reminding that distinctly Christian worship is Trinitarian worship. Consider the lyrics…
Come, Thou Amighty 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 they 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 pow’r.
To Thee, great one in Three, eternal praises be Hence, evermore! Thou sovereign majesty may we in glory see, and to eternity love and adore!