Midweek Devotion: All Creatures of Our God and King

Hymn: All Creatures of our God and King

I used this hymn for Mother’s Day this year. Our Michigan family was staying with us at the time. Our granddaughter watched the video with us of the animals all praising God (Fernando Ortega’s music video of this hymn) Later, we would hear her singing parts of the hymn. Still, later, she asked if we could watch the animals. I didn’t know what she was referring to, so I brought up pics of animals on the web. This went on for a bit. Then one day when she asked to watch the animals, she threw up her hands as they do on the video and I realized she wanted to see the video of this hymn! I hope you find the time to listen in on this hymn for St. Francis of Assisi. I’ve included a few renditions for your enjoyment. It is one of those upbeat tunes that finds its way into your head, so don’t be surprised when you are humming it later in the day!

In the year 1225, completely blind and nearing death, St. Francis of Assisi arrived at the Convent of St. Damian to bid goodbye to his dear friend, Sister Clara, the first woman to follow the call of St. Francis and take vows of the Order. Clara built him a small reed hut in the garden of her little monastery. It’s said that at times St. Francis could be heard singing faint melodies from within the hut. It was at a meal with the sisters after having stayed for some time at the monastery that he wrote his famous text, “Canticle of the Sun,” later paraphrased into the beloved hymn we sing today by William Draper somewhere between 1899 and 1919. Draper wrote this hymn for a special children’s program for their Pentecost festival. The words written by St. Francis of Assisi are some of the oldest used in hymns after “Father We Praise Thee,” which was written in 580 A.D.

As we sing this hymn, we join with Christians throughout the ages and with all of Creation to sing our praises to God the Creator. Psalm 145 says, “My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” This is our call and our invitation, and now, using the words God has given us through the voice of a Saint, we answer that invitation with a joyful “Alleluia!”

ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING

1 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! 

2 Thou rushing wind that art so strong, 
ye clouds that sail in heav’n along, 
O praise him, alleluia! 
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, 
ye lights of evening, find a voice, 
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

3 Thou flowing water, pure and clear, 
make music for thy Lord to hear, 
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright, 
that givest man both warmth and light, 
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

4 And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part, 
O sing ye, alleluia! 
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care,
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

5 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, 
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

YOUTUBE LINKS:

1) Fernando Ortego https://youtu.be/2lzJRopqL_c

2) Children singing: https://youtu.be/8aeHBczYCA4

3) Amber Lights: https://youtu.be/JPwmV_ATYAw

4) David Crowder Band: https://youtu.be/cObXwn-EgGY

Dear God,

We praise you today with our hearts and songs, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your great power and love. We confess our need for you, our lives don’t go so well when we just spin around on our own. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. Yet you never leave us. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for your care over us, thank you that you breathe renewal right into our souls. We ask for your spirit to fill us, to draw us close to yourself, and to work your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on you.

In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.

(Note: Content taken from the article, What the Power of Praise Can Do: 8 Reminders from His Word, written by Debbie McDaniel. You can read that piece in full here. All rights reserved.)

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