By the Sea of Crystal

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

The text's theme is drawn from John's vision of the saints in glory singing one of their great doxologies (Rev. 7:9-17). The initial reference to the "sea of crystal" is from Revelation 4:6–"Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal." And the final (rhetorical) reference to the "King of kings" (st. 3) comes from Revelation 17:14.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

“With the whole creation we join the song: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 58)

Tune Information

G Major or modal
Meter D


Musical Suggestion

The doxological character of this hymn suggests a triumphant, march-like tempo. Song leaders should be aware that stanzas 2 and 3 are actually one thematic unit. One way to achieve this unity is to play from stanza 2 to 3 without pause.
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 34)
— Randall D. Engle

Hymn Story/Background

— Bert Polman

Author Information

— Bert Polman

Composer Information

— Bert Polman
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