Yesterday my family and I discussed the application questions with which Wayne Grudem closes Chapters 9, “The Existence of God,” and 10, “The Knowability of God,” of his Systematic Theology, which my family and I are reading in our after breakfast Bible reading time. To tell you about our discussion, I’d have to give the questions that prompted it, which would violate the book’s copyright, and so I’m not going to.
Instead I’ll share the hymn which Grudem suggests as an alternative to the hymn with which he closes Chapter 10 (along with the discussion questions, a bibliography, and a memory verse), “O Worship the King.” We weren’t familiar with the hymns with which he closes Chapters 9 and 10. However we were familiar with “O Worship the King” — after all, it’s the first hymn in the Pentecostal hymn book which we have — and my wife sang it for us. Here are its words:
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His pow’r and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in spendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
Whose chariots of wrath the deep thunder-clouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
O measureless might! Ineffable love!
While angels delight to worship Thee above,
The humble creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.