Employing Old Testament images, the text calls forth praise from all creatures and directs that praise to God the Creator. We praise God because he made us and provides for us (st. 1); we join our praise to that of the entire universe in a song of “hosanna and praise” (st. 2).
This song beautifully merges God’s creative work, his providential guidance of all, and our response of trust and thanksgiving. Each of these themes is amplified clearly in the confessions. Singing can be meaningfully coupled with a reading of Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, Questions and Answers 27-28: “The almighty and ever present power of God…upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand…nothing can separate us from his (God’s) love.”
Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 9 claims that God made this “a world of color, beauty and variety...,” a theme which is picked up throughout this song. The universe is a beautiful book to make us ponder the “invisible things of God” (Belgic Confession, Article 2).