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Hymns of Thanksgiving 3: All Creatures of Our God and King

Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 3: All Creatures of Our God and King

All Creatures of Our God and King

(St. Francis of Assisi, 1225)

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

One theme that really strikes me from this hymn is the thought that everything—living, yes, but even the elements (sun, moon, wind, clouds, water and fire)—can bring praise to our Creator. Each of these understands the command to praise a holy and righteous God. 

This brings to mind a Scripture passage that is wondrous and sheds light on the identity of our Creator God:

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12, ESV).

If nature itself is prompted to praise our God, where is my own voice in that song? Is my heart tender? Am I forgiving of others? What is my response to the Creator? Does my voice long to join in a song of praise, regardless of any sorrowful or painful circumstances? 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, may our hearts be captured with love and praise to our amazing God. He is so worthy of our song of praise. Can you blend in your own voice with all of creation to sing a song of worship to our Creator? He longs to hear our voices, and when we sing, He hears us and His heart is warmed by our praise.

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