ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
Francis of Assisi, 1182–1226
English Translation by William Draper, 1855–1933
All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and Thy saints shall bless Thee. They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy power. (Psalm 145:10, 11)
All the magnificent wonders of nature reveal the majesty of God and glorify Him. From the grateful heart of a devoted Italian monk in the year of 1225 came this beautiful message. As a great lover of nature, Saint Francis saw the hand of God in all creation, and he urged men to respond with expressions of praise and alleluia.
Giovanni Bernardone, the real name of Saint Francis, demonstrated through his own life all the tender, humble, forgiving spirit and absolute trust in God that his hymn urges others to have. At the age of 25 Bernardone left an indulgent life as a soldier, renounced his inherited wealth, and determined to live meagerly and to imitate the selfless life of Christ.
Throughout his life Saint Francis appreciated the importance of church music and encouraged singing in his monastery. He wrote more than 60 hymns for this purpose. The beautiful expressions of praise in “All Creatures of Our God and King” have endured throughout the centuries. A prayer written by Saint Francis has also become familiar and well-loved:
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is error,
Where there is despair, hope. Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
For it is in giving, that we receive. It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
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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!
Thou rushing wind that art so strong, ye clouds that sail in heav’n along, O praise Him! Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice; ye lights of evening, find a voice: O praise Him, O praise Him! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear mother earth, who day by day unfoldest blessings on our way, O praise Him! Alleluia! The flow’rs and fruits that in thee grow, let them His glory also show; O praise Him, O praise Him! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!
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!
For Today: Psalm 145; Jeremiah 32:17–20; Romans 11:36; Revelation 14:7
Praise God continually for His many blessings and for the wonders of His creation. Sing as you go—
Osbeck, K. W.
- O my God and King, I will extol thee, and will bless thy Name forever and ever. I will bless thee daily, and praise thy Name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and most worthy to be praised, and his greatness is incomprehensible. Generation shall praise thy works unto generation, and declare thy power. I will meditate of the beauty of thy glorious majesty, and thy wonderful works. And they shall speak of the power of thy dreadful acts, and I will declare thy greatness. They shall break out into the mention of thy great goodness, and shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works. All thy works praise thee, O Lord, and thy Saints bless thee. They show the glory of thy kingdom, and speak of thy power, To cause his power to be known to the sons of men, and the glorious renown of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages. The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and lifteth up all that are ready to fall. The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living of thy good pleasure. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is near unto all that call upon him, yea, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he will also hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him; but he will destroy the wicked. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless his holy Name forever and ever. Psalm 145
- Ah Lord God, behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power, and by thy stretched out arm, and there is nothing hard unto thee. Thou showest mercy unto thousands, and recompenest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: O God the great and mighty, whose name is the Lord of hosts, Great in counsel, and mighty in work, (for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men, to give to everyone according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his works) Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt unto this day, and in Israel and among all men, and hast made thee a Name, as appeareth this day, Jeremiah 32:17–20
- For of him, and through him, and for him are all things: to him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
- Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him: for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea and the foundations of waters. Revelation 14:7
This song really blessed my heart as tears of joy to flowed recalling my childhood church choir days, and a time when hymn books ushered us into the presence of God.