Every Sunday the lyrics from some great piece of Christian music will be featured. It's not that I want worship to revert to using all hymns, it's just that many modern Christian songs don't SAY anything. I really miss some deeper meaning. So I'm going to remind us of some great words.
Let All Things Now Living
Katherine K. Davis, 1939
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.
God's 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!"
I love these words! They speak of a creation that is always telling the glory of God. That's hard to miss when I am surrounded by wonderful autumn colors. I had a hard time choosing a video for this one. There was a wonderful alto recorder and piano version that really fits the tune, which is at least 300 years old. Then there was a harpist playing with videos of flowers in the wind. Lovely! I found a choir (that was singing on key) that features the beautiful descant part that accompanies this tune. But in the end, I chose this one. It's a little off-beat, both traditional and modern at the same time. Music only. Hope you enjoy.