New Song: All the Earth

One morning this week, I was running again in Foster Park.  The sun had already risen.  As a I came around a corner of the trail, the sun was glinting off of a pond and momentarily turned the whole world to gold.  It was beauty.  It was a reflection of God’s glory and I remembered who had made this day.  I remembered who held this whole world and my life in his hands.  I was suddenly praising God…

…and it’s not the first time that’s happened.  Last summer, I was in Scotland and saw God’s glory blazing from every hill and ruined church…

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Now, as spring transitions into summer, we are learning a new song that calls all creation, believers and heaven to praise the Lord.  It comes from Psalm 113,

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
    praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
    both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised. (vs. 1-3)

Verse 1:

From the rising of the sun

To the ending of the day

One name alone be praised

Every nation tribe and tongue

All creation lifting up

Your name alone we raise

We move onto the chorus which condenses the great praise of creation found in Psalm 148.  It calls the highest heavens, the earth, the deepest oceans, the sky and it’s elements, mountains, trees, animals and all humanity to PRAISE THE LORD!

Chorus:

Praise the Lord all the earth, All the earth

Bless His name, only one name, now and always

And then we move onto the gospel story.  Jesus came and saved us…

Verse 2:

Jesus You have rescued us

You are good and You are just

One name alone be praised

From the heights and from the depths

In every heart with every breath

Your name alone we raise

After we call the whole creation to worship God and retell the salvation story of Jesus coming to rescue us, the song takes us to heaven.  There also is a hint of this in the first verse with the reference of “…every nation, tribe and tongue…”  That comes from Revelation 7 and connects with the bridge where we worship the “only King who reigns forever”!

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice:

‘Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.’

-Revelation 7:9-10

Bridge: 

Every sky is filled with wonder

All creation lifting higher

The only King who reigns forever

Who is like our God, Who is like our God?

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