Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain


come to calvarys holy mountain

The more I dive into these hymns the more I want to recommend them as a devotional resource and that is exactly what I’m going to do today.  I would encourage you to go pick up a hymnal.  In particular the Lutheran Service Book from Concordia publishing house.  I say that because I love Lutheran hymns, especially during lent.  I love them because I grew up with them AND because the focus is on Christ page after page verse after verse.

Why would I recommend it as a devotional?  Reread the words of the above verse:

They that drink shall live forever, Tis a soul renewing flood

God is faithful.  God will never Break his covenant of blood

Signed when our Redeemer died.  Sealed when He was glorified.

And that’s one tiny verse from a short four verse hymn in a book that contains 593 different hymns.  It’s a gem of a resource.  Where to start?  I would start with whatever church season we are currently in when you read this post.

Hymns put the story of our salvation from the creation of the world until now into poetic words.  Our brains readily retain information when it rhymes or when it is set to music.  Kids and the elderly are a great example of that.  Put something to music and kid’s brains eat it up and digest it.  Working as a CNA in a nursing home the residents can sing back words to a favorite hymn on days they may not remember their own child’s name.   Songs and poems are something that replay in our heads.  We may remember a line of a devotional we love but our brains do not cling to plain text as it does when it is set to music or when it’s rhythmic.

The hymnal is a devotional gem for so many reasons other than just the hymns also.  In order to stay focused I will just stick to the hymns but know that there is more to a hymnal than hymns.

Another reason a hymn makes a shinning gem of a devotional is that each of the hymns has scripture references correlating to the hymn at the bottom of each page.  For instance Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain references four different sections of scripture.  One of them is found in Hebrews 9:14

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

The scripture gives us a richer understanding of the hymn text.  We can see where the ideas, imagery, concepts for the hymns were gleaned from.  There are times…a lot of days when I just can’t focus on what I’m reading.  My mind is racing on everything I have to get done.  If I can write down what I’m reading my comprehension of the text goes through the roof (okay maybe not through the roof, but it does go up).  The length of the scripture references of hymns lends itself to writing one, two, or all of the scripture out.

I pray the words of the hymn will stick with you today, tomorrow, and the next day.

They that drink shall live forever, Tis a soul renewing flood

God is faithful.  God will never Break his covenant of blood

Signed when our Redeemer died.  Sealed when He was glorified.

Remember that the saving grace that God provides is a flood not just a trickle.

It is all about the faithfulness of God and the covenant he has made.

Immediately after Adam and Eve tried to obtain the good things on their own and went out against God’s command he told them how he would redeem it.

When God make the covenant with Abraham he was sleeping.  The strength of the covenant has so little to do with us and so much to do with the faithfulness of God.

God is the one who signed our salvation into being and it was ‘sealed when HE was glorified.’


If I sold the idea to you the hymnal I use can be found here: Lutheran Service Book at Concordia Publishing House

or here :Lutheran Service Book on Amazon


Thanks so much for taking the time to read today.  I hope you were encouraged and pointed to Jesus.  I’d love to hear from you!  Send me a message!  Feel free to share this post on social media if you think it would be encouraging to someone else.  Seriously, thanks so much for reading!




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