07 Jan I Sing The Mighty Power of God
Read Jeremiah 10:12-13
Thought for the Day: “God is all-powerful!”
Often called “The Father of English Hymnody”, Isaac Watts popularized the idea of singing hymns in church. While the Old Testament Psalms had been sung dating all the way back to the time of King David, Watts believed Christian worship had the opportunity to be so even more than this. Up until Watts, English worship music consisted entirely of congregational psalm-singing. But Watts, a life-long poet and creative writer, saw things differently. While his peers felt poetry was secular, Watts believed that faith-based poetry set to music could be a powerful force for good. His hymns could also teach Christian doctrine.
Consider the words of Watts’ “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”, inspired by the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah: “I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise, that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day; the moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.”
How often do we stop to look for signs that God is in control? When we get caught up in all the ways we are dissatisfied, consider how much better off we would be if we paused and appreciated the mountains or the sunset. Life gets better when we stop and focus on the One who made the seas and causes the flowers to bloom. This is the God who takes care of us!
Today, many hymns and Christian worship songs remind us to reflect on all that God is doing. Let’s continue the legacy of Isaac Watts and sing of the mighty power of our God!
Pastors Stan and David