A HYMN FOR TODAY
I sing the mighty pow’r 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 His command,
And all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the LORD,
Who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through His 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.
In heav’n He shines with beams of love,
With wrath in hell beneath;
‘Tis on His earth I stand or move,
And ’tis His air I breathe.
His hand is my perpetual guard,
He keeps me with His eye;
Why should I then forget the LORD,
Who is forever nigh?
There’s not a plant or flow’r 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 man can be
Thou, God, art present there.
CMD (18.104.22.168.D) – Isaac Watts, 1715
Tune: ELLACOMBE – Wurttemberg Gesangbuch, 1784
arr. William H. Monk, 1868
#74 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012
I SING THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD declares God’s power, wisdom, and goodness displayed in His creation. The intricate workings of nature demonstrate that God is still in control and present with His people. (Genesis 1:1-31; Psalm 65:6-7, 9-13; 136:8-9; Jeremiah 31:35; 51:15-16). Watts wrote this as a hymn for children, and published it first in his Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language, for the Use of Children (1715) — a stunning commentary by itself of the state of children’s education today, and our expectations for them!