Friday, May 11, 2018

Comment on a Hymn

'All Creatures of Our God and King'

Isn't this hymn a little over the top? Asking 'rushing wind' and 'clouds that sail along' to praise God? Can they do that? Does asking for that actually make any sense? Evidently so. Consider some Scripture.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalms 19:1
…the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7
Nature praises God by doing what comes naturally. And I suspect that is what's also supposed to happen with humanity. But sin gets in the way. However, we saints have been rescued from that sin. So, with a little effort we too can praise God. And that's what our hymn writer calls us to.

All creatures of our God and king
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!


Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.


And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!


Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!