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For the Beauty of the Earth

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For the Beauty of the Earth

Words: Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917

Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872; adapt. William Henry Monk, 1823-1889

 

For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies: Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r, Sun and moon, and stars of light: Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child, Friends on earth, and friends above, For all gentle thoughts and mild: Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the church that evermore Lifteth holy hands above, Off'ring up on ev'ry shore Her pure sacrifice of love: Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and ye, For the heart and mind's delight, For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight: Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thyself, best Gift Divine! To our race so freely giv'n; For that great, great love of Thine, Peace on earth, and joy in heav'n: Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

 

Bible Study Questions

  1. Read Ephesians 2.
  2. What do these verses say is the gift of God to the believer?
  3. How is this gift better than any other gift? Be specific.

Personal Reflection Questions

  1. When you recount your blessings, are you quicker to thank God for things than you are for the life and death of Jesus Christ? If so, why?
  2. Is it a sin to be thankful for the created things?
  3. How can you keep any created thing from becoming an idol?

Prayer

Pray a prayer of confession for the ways you have worshipped the creation over the Creator. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you rightly order your worship.

 

 

Taken from "Classic Hymns: Read & Reflect with the Classics" Copyright 2017 by B&H Publishing Group; 35-37.