1 Many and great, O God, are your works,
Maker of earth and sky.
Your hands have set the heavens with stars;
your fingers spread the mountains and plains.
You merely spoke and waters were formed;
deep seas obey your voice.
2 Grant us communion with you, our God,
though you transcend the stars.
Come close to us and stay by our side:
with you are found the true gifts that last.
Bless us with life that never shall end,
eternal life with you.
The first stanza of this Native American song carries strong echoes of Psalm 8 and its themes of God’s transcendence, while stanza 2 invokes God’s immanent presence.
It is worth dwelling on God’s creativity before singing this song. Consider reading Belgic Confession, Article 12 or Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 8: “In the beginning, God—Father, Word, and Spirit—called this world into being out of nothing, and gave it shape and order.”