32. I Sing the Mighty Power of God

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1 I sing the mighty power of God
that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day.
The moon shines full at God's command,
and all the stars obey.

2 I sing the goodness of the Lord
who filled the earth with food.
God formed the creatures through the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,
where'er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky!

3 There's not a plant or flower below
but makes thy glories known.
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
by order from thy throne,
while all that borrows life from thee
is ever in thy care,
and everywhere that we can be,
thou, God, art present there.

Text Information
First Line: I sing the mighty power of God
Title: I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Author: Isaac Watts (1715, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CMD
Scripture: Genesis 1:12; Genesis 1:16; Genesis 1:21; Genesis 1:24; Genesis 1:31; Psalm 33:5-9; Psalm 59:16; Psalm 65:5-13; Psalm 95:3-6; James 1:17; Revelation 4:11
Topic: Creation; Providence; Sovereignty of God
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ELLACOMBE
Composer: Unknown
Meter: CMD
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Wirtembergischen Katholischen Hofkapelle, 1784; alt. 1868


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With minimal revision this text brings together six of the eight four-line stanzas in an 18th-century hymn written for children and originally headed “Praise for Creation and Providence.” The anonymous German tune provides a fitting sense of breadth and wonder.


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