Thanksgiving Hymn

by Andrew Forrest

The children at my son’s school sang this beautiful hymn at chapel a few weeks ago; it’s been in my head ever since.

“Let All Things Now Living”

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
His banners are o’er us, His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
“To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!”

(Dr. Michael Hawn has a good, brief essay on the hymn here.)

I particularly like the opening sentence of the second verse:

His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.

The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. Creation itself testifies to the meticulous majesty of its Creator.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

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