|Text:||I Sing the Mighty Power of God|
1 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.
2 I sing the goodness of the Lord
who filled the earth with food.
God 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!
3 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.
|First Line:||I sing the mighty power of God|
|Title:||I Sing the Mighty Power of God|
|Author:||Isaac Watts (1715, alt.)|
|Topic:||Creation; Providence; Sovereignty of God|
|Source:||Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Wirtembergischen Katholischen Hofkapelle, 1784; alt. 1868|
With minimal revision this text brings together six of the eight four-line stanzas in an 18th-century hymn written for children and originally headed “Praise for Creation and Providence.” The anonymous German tune provides a fitting sense of breadth and wonder.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|