hymnal: Praise to the Holiest in the height

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Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise;
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways!

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight
and to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
which did in Adam fail,
should strive afresh against the foe,
should strive, and should prevail;

and that the highest gift of grace
should flesh and blood refine:
God’s presence and his very self,
and essence all-divine.

O generous love! that he who smote
in man for ma the foe,
the double agony in Man
for man should undergo.

And in the garden secretly,
and on the cross on high,
should teach his brethren, and inspire
to suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise;
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways!

Words: John Henry Newman (1801-1890), 1866

MIDI: Gerontius (John Bacchus Dykes, 1823-1876)

http://youtu.be/Snf1FiBSLvY (Praise to the holiest in the height)

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“Newman, John Henry , D.D. The hymnological side of Cardinal Newman’s life and work is so small when compared with the causes which have ruled, and the events which have accompanied his life as a whole, that the barest outline of biographical facts and summary of poetical works comprise all that properly belongs to this work. Cardinal Newman was the eldest son of John Newman, and was born in London, Feb. 21, 1801. He was educated at Ealing under Dr. John Nicholas, and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated in honours in 1820, and became a Fellow of Oriel in 1822. Taking Holy Orders in 1824, he was for a short time Vice-Principal of St. Alban’s Hall, and then Tutor of Oriel. His appointment to St. Mary’s, Oxford, was in the spring of 1828. In 1827 he was Public Examiner, and in 1830 one of the Select University Preachers. His association with Keble, Pusey, and others, in what is known as “The Oxford Movement,” together with the periodical publication of the Tracts for the Times, are matters of history.

Cardinal Newman’s poetical work began with poems and lyrical pieces which he contributed to the British Magazine, in 1832-4 (with other pieces by Keble and others), under the title of Lyra Apostolica. In 1836 these poems were collected and published under the same title, and Greek letters were added to distinguish the authorship of each piece, his being δ. Only a few of his poems from this work have come into use as hymns. The most notable is, “Lead, kindly Light”.

His Dream of Gerontius, a poem from which his fine hymn, “Praise to the Holiest in the height,” is taken, appeared in his Verses on Various Occasions, in 1868.

–John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Excerpts quoted from: http://www.hymnary.org/person/Newman_JH 


True prophets: God speaks through king David

King David was a poet prophet, a king, a courageous and brilliant military man. But David was also a musician and a composer.  He wrote poetry (psalms) that are usually sung. When we read his psalms we can find that he prophesied about the Messiah and many prophecies through David and others (related confirmations) have already come true, in Jesus Christ (Messiah): Psalm 22:16-18; Psalm 2:7-9; Acts 13:33; Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27; Hebrews 2:8; Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27; Psalm 22:16-18; John 19:25; Psalm 22:1; Psalm 41:9; John 13:18; Psalm 69:9; John 2:15-17; Psalm 69:21; Matthew 27:48; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44; Psalm 110:4;  Hebrews 7:17; Psalm 118:22; Matthew 21:42; Psalm 118:26; Matthew 21:9;


Psalm 110 New King James Version (NKJV)

Announcement of the Messiah’s Reign

A Psalm of David.

110 The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

Your people shall be volunteers
In the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth.
The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at Your right hand;
He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
He shall judge among the nations,
He shall fill the places with dead bodies,
He shall execute the heads of many countries.
He shall drink of the brook by the wayside;
Therefore He shall lift up the head.


Isaiah 52-53: God talks about His Son

All-Hail-The-Power-of-Jesus-Name-crown Him

The following prophecy that God gave to prophet Isaiah has come true. The Servant KIng had come to earth and accomplished all that He needed to accomplish as a human being. His name is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 52 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
14 Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men;
15 So shall He sprinkle[b] many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;
For what had not been told them they shall see,
And what they had not heard they shall consider.

Isaiah 53 New King James Version (NKJV)

 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.


Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they[a] made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.


10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.


  1. Isaiah 53:9 Literally he or He
  2. Isaiah 53:11 Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint read From the labor of His soul He shall see light.

Isaiah 49:15-26 God talks about mothering

flower for mother

flower for you – mom

kindness goodness gentleness

faith hope giving – life


We read another aspect of God. Prophet Isaiah received this revelation that God cares about His people, even their young, like and even better than a nursing mother does for her children.

This passage prophesied the return of the Israelite remnants (the children who had been scattered all over the world). But we (believers of Jesus Christ) are the children (by faith) of God too. We have been gathered from all over this globe into God’s Kingdom.

A mother of human and other living creatures always protects and even sacrifices her own life to give life to her child. But there are times when even a nursing mother is helpless and loses her motherly instinct and or capacity to love and care. But God can give you all the resources to nurse and bring up your children: noble, rich, powerful. Nothing is impossible with God.

See how God loves and can help and protect His children. Better than a nursing mother can.

Isaiah 49:15-26 New Life Version (NLV)

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child? Can she have no pity on the son to whom she gave birth? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. 16 See, I have marked your names on My hands. Your walls are always before Me. 17 Your builders hurry. And those who destroy you will leave you. 18 Lift up your eyes and look around. All of them gather together and come to you. As I live,” says the Lord, “you will put them on like objects of beauty. You will tie them on as a bride does. 19 For your waste places and your destroyed land will now be too small for the people. And those who destroyed you will be far away. 20 The children born to you during the time of your sorrow will say for you to hear, ‘The place is too small for us. Make a bigger place for us to live in.’ 21 Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has given birth to these for me? My children were taken from me, and I could not give birth. I was sent away and had no place of my own. Who has brought up these children? See, I was left alone. Where have these come from?’”

22 The Lord God says, “See, I will lift up My hand to the nations. I will raise My flag to the people. And they will bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters will be carried on their shoulders. 23 Kings will take care of you as fathers. And their queens will be your nursing mothers. They will bow down to you with their faces to the ground, and kiss the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who wait for Me with hope will not be put to shame. 24 “Can that which was taken by a strong man in battle be taken from him? Can those taken away to prison by a powerful ruler be saved?” 25 The Lord says, “Even those taken away by the strong man will be taken from him. Those taken by the powerful ruler will be saved. For I will fight with the one who fights with you, and I will save your sons. 26 I will feed those who make it hard for you with their own flesh. They will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. Then all flesh will know that I, the Lord, am the One Who saves you, and the One Who bought you, the Powerful One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 48:16-22 God loves family

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I promise you hope

of goodness mercy and life

ever flowing peace


After a brief interval, we return to Isaiah. Today we read how God promises peace and to whom.

  1. God gives peace to the Redeemed and their numerous countless descendants.
  2. God teaches us what is good for us.
  3. God leads us along the paths we should follow.
  4. God sets us free from captivity.
  5. God meets our unquenchable thirst.

Isaiah 48:16-22New Living Translation (NLT)

16 Come closer, and listen to this.
    From the beginning I have told you plainly what would happen.”

And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit
    have sent me with this message.
17 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is good for you
    and leads you along the paths you should follow.
18 Oh, that you had listened to my commands!
    Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
    and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore—
    too many to count!
There would have been no need for your destruction,
    or for cutting off your family name.”

20 Yet even now, be free from your captivity!
    Leave Babylon and the Babylonians.[a]
Sing out this message!
    Shout it to the ends of the earth!
The Lord has redeemed his servants,
    the people of Israel.[b]
21 They were not thirsty
    when he led them through the desert.
He divided the rock,
    and water gushed out for them to drink.
22 “But there is no peace for the wicked,”
    says the Lord.



Isaiah 33: a land of no sickness

Daily the Lord sends forth His words and heals.
Isaiah chapter 33 ends with a perfect prophecy for God’s people.
A place of no sickness.
No oppressive military power.
No corrupted unjust civil and law administration.
No illegal territorial occupation.
No strives and violence.
No lack and poverty.
Key success factor : 33:22 “For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver,  the Lord is our King. He will save us.”
Isaiah 33:20-24New Living Translation (NLT)

20 Instead, you will see Zion as a place of holy festivals.
    You will see Jerusalem, a city quiet and secure.
It will be like a tent whose ropes are taut
    and whose stakes are firmly fixed.
21 The Lord will be our Mighty One.
    He will be like a wide river of protection
that no enemy can cross,
    that no enemy ship can sail upon.
22 For the Lord is our judge,
    our lawgiver, and our king.
    He will care for us and save us.
23 The enemies’ sails hang loose
    on broken masts with useless tackle.
Their treasure will be divided by the people of God.
    Even the lame will take their share!
24 The people of Israel will no longer say,
    “We are sick and helpless,”
    for the Lord will forgive their sins.


Isaiah 32 the eyes of those who see will not be dim

The prophet Isaiah received this message about the difference between having the Holy Spirit and not having.
Key success factor:
32:15 “Until at last the Spirit is poured out on us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fruitful field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.”
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. People will understand the words of God. Positive results will come forth when they apply the words. (2 Corinthians 3:14-18)
God wants His people to see, hear and understand the truth.
The positive outcome of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives: justice, righteousness, peace,  quietness, confidence,safety, at rest.
God has promised that regardless of the adverse circumstances and environment surrounding us, He will greatly bless us bountifuly wherever we plant seeds.
This is the Good News today, both physical and spiritual farming!
Isaiah 32 (quoted in parts. Please read the whole chapter in your Bible)
1 Look, a righteous king is coming!
    And honest princes will rule under him.
2 Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
    and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.
3 Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,
    and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it.
4 Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding.
    Those who stammer will speak out plainly.
until at last the Spirit is poured out
    on us from heaven.
Then the wilderness will become a fertile field,
    and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.
16 Justice will rule in the wilderness
    and righteousness in the fertile field.
17 And this righteousness will bring peace.
    Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in safety, quietly at home.
    They will be at rest.
19 Even if the forest should be destroyed
    and the city torn down,
20 the Lord will greatly bless his people.
    Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up.
    Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.


Isaiah 29: a fertile field prophecy


17 Soon—and it will not be very long—
    the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field,
    and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.
18 In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book,
    and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.
19 The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.
    The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
God continues to speak of planting, growing, fertile field yielding bountiful crops.
Healing for infirmities too: the deaf, the blind.
Those with needs will be satisfied: the humble and the poor.

Ten psalms for the traveler: And so I walk in the Lord’s presence

Psalms for the traveler.

Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed. In Context

Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. In Context

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. In Context

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. In Context

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. In Context

For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. In Context

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. In Context

And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! In Context

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. In Context

“Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. In Context

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