July 27, 2017

I Sing … of God

I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word,
and then pronounced them good.

Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.
There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there.

(I Sing the Mighty Power of God, Isaac Watts)

Think of how all of creation echoes the greatness of God. The vastness and magnificence of majestic mountains, great oceans, and boundless skies. The order and consistency with which the sun, moon, and stars give light and regulate time. The provision of food and nourishment through plants and animals; creatures that are useful to man in so many ways. As the hymnwriter penned, His wonders extend from the very ground under our feet to the unending heavens above; whether we view creation through a microscope or telescope, it all proclaims the glory of God, His orderliness and great wisdom, His goodness and love.

And then think especially on that last stanza, the phrase “all that borrows life from Thee.” Have you ever thought about it that way? We, a part of creation, literally borrow life from God, the Creator and Giver and Sustainer of life. He creates life; He chooses who or what to give it to; He keeps things (people) alive according to His timetable and will.

We very well ought to sing of His awe-some power, His wisdom and goodness, the wonders and beauties of His creation, and His glory as the Creator.

And everywhere that we, His creation, are – He is present with us.