12:36 AM

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 guides us and leads till 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
the sun in its orbit obediently shines
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!

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we sang this hymn in church today and i remembered how much i love it. it really is wonderful. :)

just one major thought - "His banners are o'er us" would be a reference to the song of solomon 2:4-> "He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love." not only should this line conjure up battle imagery, but lover imagery as well.

the Lord is a warrior and a husband, eh?