254. The heavens declare your glory, Lord!

1 The heavens declare your glory, Lord!
in every star your wisdom shines;
but when our eyes behold your word,
we read your name in fairer lines.

2 Sun, moon, and stars convey your praise
to all the earth and never stand;
so when your truth began its race
it touched and glanced on every land.

3 Nor shall your spreading gospel rest
till through the world your truth has run;
till Christ has all the nations blessed
who see the light or feel the sun.

4 Great Sun of righteousness, arise,
and bless the world with heavenly light!
your gospel makes the simple wise;
your laws are pure, your judgments right.

5 Your noblest wonders here we view
in souls renewed and sins forgiven;
Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew,
and make your word my guide to heaven.

Text Information
First Line: The heavens declare your glory, Lord!
Author: I. Watts (1674-1748)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (LM)
Topic: God, Spirit: Word of Truth, the Scriptures; Advent 2: The Word of God in the Old Testament; Epiphany 6, Revelation: Parables
Tune Information
Composer: J. W. Elliott (1833-1915)
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (LM)
Key: B♭ Major

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