Why We Sing: To Him Who Overcomes
"Why We Sing" is a new weekly blog series sharing why we use the songs we do in our worship gathering. Our hope is that this will help you engage more deeply with your heart, mind, and body in worshipping God through these songs.
“To Him Who Overcomes” was suggested by a friend of mine, Tyler Daniels, who serves as worship pastor at Redeemer Church in Round Rock, Texas. Tyler knew we were getting ready to start our new series in Revelation and thought it could be a helpful song for our church. After listening to the song, we couldn’t agree more that this is a great song to reinforce the truth of God’s word in the seven letters to the seven churches of Revelation.
The big idea of this song is that through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ has overcome all the brokenness of our world. In response, this song calls us to join the song we see sung before the throne of God in Revelation 4:8 and Isaiah 6:3: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Why is the response of “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God almighty” the right response to Christ overcoming all our brokenness? The holiness of God can sometimes seem like an abstract concept, we know it means that God is perfect and without sin, but we often stop there when considering this attribute of God. But the holiness, or perfection of God, describes both why and how He exhibits all His other characteristics. God’s perfect holiness is why He is a judge and a savior. Its why He hates sin and loves to save sinners. Its why He is patient, abounding in steadfast love because He is holy. God’s holiness is also how God expresses His character. He is always perfectly just and loving. He is perfect in His hatred of sin, death, and evil, and is perfect in His saving work of undeserving sinners.
“Holy, Holy, Holy” is the right response to the brokenness of our world. When we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy,” we are singing that only the God of the Bible could perfectly overcome our sin, brokenness, and suffering. We are proclaiming that when He does something about the sinful state of the world and our hearts, He is doing it in a perfectly just, loving, attentive, patient, righteous way. We are glorifying Him for His perfect character expressed specifically in the saving work of Christ. We are proclaiming our trust that God is working perfectly in our hearts and the world.
Praise God that He alone is God, that He alone is able to save and heal, and praise God that He is making all things new even us!
- Matt Oakes, Music Pastor