1 My God, how wonderful you are;
your majesty, how bright!
How beautiful your mercy seat
in depths of burning light!
2 How wonderful, how beautiful
the sight of you must be,
your endless wisdom, boundless power,
and awesome purity!
3 O how I fear you, living God,
with deepest, tenderest fears,
and worship you with trembling hope
and penitential tears!
4 Yet I may love you too, O Lord,
almighty as you are,
for you have stooped to ask of me
the love of my poor heart.
5 No earthly father loves like you,
no mother half so mild
bears and forbears as you have done
with me, your sinful child.
6 Father of Jesus, Love divine,
great King upon your throne,
what joy to see you as you are
and worship you alone!
Presenting a magnificent view of God, this text is particularly appropriate for the late twentieth century, a time in which humankind has lost its sense of wonder. As we sing, we contemplate the glory and majesty of God (st. 1-2), which in turn inspires our holy fear, penitence, and love (st. 3-4). The text alludes to Psalm 103:13 (st. 5) and gives us an apocalyptic vision of worshiping God face to face (st. 6).
Bert Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook
The best-loved expressions of praise for God’s care-taking work of his children comes from the familiar words of Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 1: “My only comfort in life and death [is] that I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil...Because I belong to him, Christ by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes we wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.”
This great truth is explained more completely by Belgic Confession, Article 20. God has given his Son to die for us “…by a most perfect love, and raising him to life for our justification, in order that by him, we might have immortality and eternal life.” And in Article 21, “…He endured all this for the forgiveness of our sins.” For this redemptive work we give praise and adoration.