It is almost impossible to believe that "I Sing the Mighty Power of God" was originally written for children. But that is exactly what this hymn was intended for.
It was first published in 1715 in a hymnal called "Divine and Moral Songs for Children".
It was the goal of the author, Isaac Watts to write songs to the level of a child's understanding. However, this song is now more associated with adults than with children.
Its simple message continues to bless millions of Christians worldwide.
To appreciate this hymn more one has to be reminded of the state of Christian music during that period. Most of the songs then were songs directly from the book of psalms. It was more of chanting the scriptures than actual singing.
Church music had become dull that a 19 year old Isaac Watts complained to his father about this. It was his father who challenged him to write something better.
From that moment on Isaac Watts began writing hymns. He was so prolific that by the times he died he had written hundreds of songs for the Christian church.
It was not an easy ride at first as the Conservatives in the church objected to the composition of songs not directly from scripture. The church leaders said any music not directly from the scriptures was not inspired.
However, Isaac Watts could not understand the logic of being able to pray using your own words but being denied to sing in your own words. To him, if one can pray in his own words then one should also be allowed to sing songs not directly from scriptures.
I Sing the Almighty Power of God is based on scriptures talking about creation. Passages such as Jeremiah 10:12-13: 12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
I Sing the Mighty Power of God Lyrics
I sing the almighty 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 God’s command,
and all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the Lord,
who filled the earth with food,
who formed the creatures thru the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,
where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky!
There’s not a plant or flower below,
but makes thy glories known,
and clouds arise, and tempests blow,
by order from thy throne;
while all that borrows life from thee
is ever in thy care;
and everywhere that we can be,
thou, God, art present there.
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