Looking at the Lord’s character nourishes us. And as Jonathan Edwards used to put it, our God is great in His “conjunction of diverse excellencies!” So songs that help us look at His multi-faceted attributes are a real treasure. We will sing such a song this Sunday: “Digno y Santo” (“Revelation Song” in English). You can hear our brothers and sisters from all over the world worshiping with this song by clicking on this picture a couple times.
Here’s some of my thought on what the song means…
Digno y santo
The Spanish version begins with
Digno y santo el Cordero
Inmolado en la cruz
In English the words are “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain”
It is a reference to Revelation 5:6. Let’s just look at the context (although I really encourage you to read all 14 verses of the chapter).
2b “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6b And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain…
In verse 2 of the song it says:
De un arco iris estás vestido
In English the words are “Clothed with rainbows of living color”
In addition to Revelation 4:3, this line reminds me of one of my favorite passages from the prophets. In Ezekiel 1, the prophet gets a glimpse of the heavenlies and tries to describe the glory around God: “Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.” (Ezekiel 1:28a) The closer he gets to describing the throne and Who is sitting on it, the more we sense that human language is at its limit. He finally ends with “Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” (Ezekiel 1:28b, emphasis mine).
Verse 3 of the song has this line…
Cristo Tu nombre es grande
In English the words are “Jesus Your name is power”
Just how great and powerful is His name?
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”” (Luke 10:17)
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Holy x 3
The chorus starts with these words:
Santo santo santo
“Holy, holy, holy”
In biblical language, when someone wanted to emphasize something, they didn’t click a ‘bold’ button, instead they repeated a word. So, for example, in Genesis 14:10 when the kings were fleeing from Abraham they fell in – according to the Hebrew – “pit pits” (e.g. really bad pits!). Another example is when Christ emphasized something by saying “Truly, truly…”
What attribute of God is elevated to the level of repeating something not just 2 times but 3 times in both old and new testaments? His holiness. It means… set apart… an infinite “cut above”… other… even alien (in the pure sense of the word).
He is holy… in every way…
- His beauty is otherworldly
- His power is like no other
- His moral purity is complete
- His love transcends every dim echo of the ‘love’ we experience on a human plane
What an amazing God. We look forward to worshiping Him with you on Sunday!