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We Worship You, Whose Splendor Dwarfs the Cosmos (Psalm 104)

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

While God’s splendor is revealed in his Word, it is also revealed through his creation. Belgic Confession, Article 2, professes that “the creation, preservation and government of the universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book...to make us ponder the invisible things of God: God’s eternal power and divinity...”

Additional Prayers

God who spoke creation into being,
astonishing the angels with galaxies and sunsets,
all your creatures proclaim your majestic power and playful wisdom.
Send forth your renewing Spirit, that we might discover your purpose for us
and live for your glory and delight. Amen.

Tune Information

Name
TIDINGS
Key
B♭ Major
Meter
11.10.11.10 refrain 9.11

Recordings

Hymn Story/Background

The tune TIDINGS was first matched with Psalm 103 in the 1912 Psalter, as it was again a century later in Psalms for All Seasons. But in that newer collection and again in Lift Up Your Hearts, Psalm 104 was also set to TIDINGS. Both Psalms 103 and 104 are begin and end with the words “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” 
— Emily Brink

James Walch compsed TIDINGS in 1875 for Frederick W. Faber’s hymn text “Hark, Hark, My Soul! Angelic Songs Are Swelling”; the tune was first published in The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer (1877). TIDINGS is often associated with Mary A. Thomson’s “O Zion, Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling”; in fact, the tune name derives from the word “tidings” in Thomson’s refrain. 
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Martin Leckebusch (b. Leicester, England, 1962) was educated at Oriel College before going on to study Mathematics at Oxford and Numerical Analysis at Brunel University. He and his wife, Jane, have four daughters; their second child, a son, died in 1995. The family live in Gloucester and belong to a Baptist church.
 
Martin’s work in hymnody over the past twenty-five years has resulted in almost 400 hymn texts, of which around half have so far been published by Kevin Mayhew. These include the ever-popular More than Words and Songs of God’s People – books which have cemented his status as a talented and accomplished hymn writer.
 
Martin is keen to see the church equipped for Christian living, and believes that well-crafted and wisely-used contemporary hymns and songs have a vital role to play in that process.

Composer Information

James Walch (b. Edgerton, Lancashire, England, 1837; d. Llandudno, Caernarvon, Wales, 1901) received a musical education from his father and from the famous organist and organ builder Henry Smart. He served as organist at Duke's Alley Congregational Church (1851-1857), Bridge Street Wesleyan Chapel (1858-1863), and St. George's Parish Church (1863-1877)—all in Bolton, England. He conducted for the Bolton Philharmonic Society from 1870 to 1877 and near the end of his life was a music dealer in Barrow-in-Furness, England. Walch composed a number of hymn tunes and other church music.
— Bert Polman
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