|First Line:||Creating God, your fingers trace|
|Author:||Jeffery W. Rowthorn (1979)|
|Copyright:||© 1979 by The Hymn Society of America (Admin. Hope Publishing Co.)|
st. 1 = Ps. 147:4-5, Col. 1:16
st. 2 = Ps. 147:8
Jeffery W. Rowthorn (PHH 523) wrote this text based on Psalm 148 in 1974, the year he first started writing hymn texts. One of two winners in the Hymn Society of America's contest for "New Psalms for Today," the text was published in The Hymn of April 1979.
In Psalm 148 both heavenly and earthly creatures bring praise to God (see additional comments at PHH 148). Rowthorn uses the psalm as the backdrop for a text that is not so much a paraphrase in the traditional sense of that term but a new text that affirms four great tenets of the Christian faith: the God we worship created the entire cosmos (st. 1), sustains the ecology of life (st. 2), redeems his people from oppression and death (st. 3), and dwells by his Spirit in his people, the church (st. 4).
The beginning of each stanza contains the themes of this text: creation, providence, redemption, and incarnation; in the light of these, the hymn has many possible uses in Christian worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook