Today’s hymn is by Isaac Watts, the famous hymn writer.
About I Sing the Mighty Power of God:
“Isaac Watts wrote the original text for this hymn in eight four-line stanzas for his Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language, for the Use of Children, published in 1715. It was the second song in the collection, under the title “Praise for Creation and Providence.” In his preface, Watts wrote, “the Children of high and low degree, of the Church of England, or Dissenters, baptized in infancy, or not, may all join together in these Songs. And as I have endeavored to sink the language to the level of a Child’s understanding, and yet to keep it (if possible) above contempt: so I have designed to profit all (if possible) and offend none.”
A standard modern text has developed from Watts’s eight four-line stanzas. Most modern hymnals include three eight-line stanzas, which are composed of Watts’s first through fifth and seventh stanzas. His seventh stanza is normally rewritten. The original reads:
Creatures (as numerous as they be)
Are subject to thy care;
There’s not a place where we can flee,
But God is present there.
The modern version, which is the second half of stanza 3, is:
While all that borrows life from Thee
Is ever in Thy care,
And everywhere that we can be,
Thou, God, art present there.
A few modern hymnals say “We sing” instead of “I sing,” which emphasizes that it is the community who worships, not just the individual. Some hymnals also modernize the pronouns and employ gender-neutral language.
The themes of the text are creation and God’s power. Through the first stanza and the first half of the second, Watts lists the acts of creation in biblical order (see Genesis 1). In the second half of the hymn, he goes on in praise and amazement at how God keeps everything in order.” –Hymnary.org
However you sing this song, We sing the mighty power of God or I sing the mighty power of God, it is a wonderful hymn focusing on the power of God, his goodness, and his sovereignty over all things.
Psalm 19:1–6 (ESV)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.