1. 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!
2. 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.
3. Come, Holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear, in this glad hour. Thou who almighty art, now rule in every heart, Never from us depart, Spirit of power!
4. To Thee great One in Three the highest praises be, hence evermore Thy sovereign majesty may we in glory see, and to eternity love and adore!
Twenty-something years ago while attending Biola University, the lovely little church I had attended since I was ten graciously made me an intern. It was a win-win. I could pay some of those oh so big school bills, and they could get their bathrooms cleaned. One of my favorite things to do is clean and organize spaces so I really enjoyed myself. Being a true multitasker, (and since the building was empty) I grabbed a hymnal from one of the pews, threw it open and tried to memorize whatever song I opened to while I cleaned. “Come Thou Almighty King” was the first hymn I stored in my heart and belted out in those church restrooms. I felt a little silly asking the Triune God to come and bless me “in this glad hour” of toilet scrubbing. But it was such a sweet time. I felt like I grew so much in those restrooms, pouring out praise to my King.
History tells us another story about this hymn echoing off the walls, but this one is a lot less mundane. It takes place in a small church in Long Island, New York, more than two centuries ago. During the American Revolution, while British soldiers were occupying New York, a small band of soldiers interrupted a church service. They came down the aisle and brazenly requested the song “God Save the King,” making sure that the people gathering there would sing as true patriots, loyal to King George III. Bravely, with an air of peaceful resistance, the believers responded by singing the same tune but with the words of “Come, Thou Almighty King” instead (this was the original tune to the hymn, which we now recognize as “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”) These Christians could have easily chosen to keep themselves and their children safe by obeying the request of the soldiers, but instead, they faithfully proclaimed God as their King! Fortunately, the soldiers did not enforce their demand and left the believers alone to worship in peace.
Friends, you and I have the privilege of worshipping the true King along with our families this month. I don’t know where you are in life as you read this. You may be suffering and full of grief. You may be enjoying peaceful days and abundant blessings. Our triune God is almighty and has authority over all the universe… over all storms, disasters, sicknesses… over global warming, presidents, politics, industries, financial catastrophes, medical procedures… over life, over death… over your successes and failures, your marriage and children… Nothing is outside of His Lordship. When we ask Him to come and reign over us, as we do in this hymn, we’re actually submitting ourselves to His already established rule and authority and relishing that He is there, wherever we are, in full sovereign control. As we yield ourselves to Him and belt out the praise that our King deserves, there is so much blessing, fullness and communion.
Whether peacefully cleaning toilets or proclaiming the name of our King in the face of military might, we have the opportunity to take the posture of worship and gladly submit to our sovereign King. Whatever your situation, let’s approach God through faith in Jesus, and ask for His presence–He will surely hear us.
HOW WE DO HYMN OF THE MONTH
If you are new to this community, welcome! It is a great time to join in and make family worship a priority if you haven’t already. You may or may not be familiar with this hymn. Either way, we invite you to spend this month meditating on its truths.
To get you started, we’ve provided free printable lyrics, music and copywork — all found here!
Also, you can find fresh versions of the hymn on our YouTube channel that you and your family can sing along with. There are loads of fresh versions at the top of our hymn of the month playlist. If you are interested in fleshing out this month’s hymn with activities, coloring sheets, devotional thoughts, journaling prompts, etc. our Spring Hymn Guide, will be available VERY SOON for a small fee on Etsy. Thank you so much for your support of Happy Hymnody’s ministry!
When we began singing hymns with our littles about 10 years ago, we kept it simple… We prayed and sang one hymn together every night at bedtime for a whole month. Everyone’s family rhythm is different, so we welcome you to gather up your families, for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn (following your daily time in the Scriptures and in prayer) whether it is first thing in the morning, or around the dinner table or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. You can let us know how it’s going by posting either a video or a photo on Instagram. Just tag it with #happyhymnody! As always, if you have any questions or if you’d like to share your heart with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out! God bless you all this month as you worship and follow Jesus together as a family!
With so much love,