Tuesday Hymns: “God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory”

In 1960, David Clowney, the hymn writer, not the NFL wide receiver, wrote our Tuesday Hymn for this week, God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory. It is a hymn which begins with the glory of God’s Creation (including the creation of man in God’s image), but then proceeds to man’s sin, salvation, and his glorious praise of God through all eternity. It is sung to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony. An interesting discussion among Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Derek Thomas, and Dr. Bill Wymond concerning the strengths and weaknesses of choosing such a well-known tune for a hymn of faith can be found here.

“God, all nature sings Thy glory, and Thy works proclaim Thy might;
Ordered vastness in the heavens, ordered course of day and night;
Beauty in the changing seasons, beauty in the storming sea;
All the changing moods of nature praise the changeless Trinity.

“Clearer still we see Thy hand in man whom Thou hast made for Thee;
Ruler of creation’s glory, image of Thy majesty.
Music, art, the fruitful garden, all the labor of his days,
Are the calling of his Maker to the harvest feast of praise.

“But our sins have spoiled Thine image; nature, conscience only serve
As unceasing, grim reminders of the wrath which we deserve.
Yet Thy grace and saving mercy in Thy Word of truth revealed
Claim the praise of all who know Thee, in the blood of Jesus sealed.

“God of glory, power, mercy, all creation praises Thee;
We, Thy creatures, would adore Thee now and through eternity.
Saved to magnify Thy goodness, grant us strength to do Thy will;
With our acts as with our voices Thy commandments to fulfill.”

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