Last summer, Justin and I had the pleasure to visit the beautiful region of Banff, Alberta, for a wedding. I remember I was blown away with the breath-taking landscape and lakes that glistened in magnificent hues of blue and green — it was a feast for the eyes! And of course, I could scarce forget the incredible mountainous views. You can catch a glimpse of this in the background of the YouTube video for “Higher Ground.” For me, this scenery comes to mind when I reflect through the opening lines of the hymn, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” which we sang last Sunday:
I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies…
Through the beautiful poetic diction of the hymn, I found myself in awe again of His grace and majesty. This was not the first time we’d sung this hymn in Sunday service. I recall we did it sometime last year soon after completing the arrangement for the album. In Sunday service, we started the song with Justin teaching the original chorus. These lyrics were inspired by Mark 12:30, which reads, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The chorus that we wrote together goes like this:
O God, You are the Lord of all
And all to You, I sing
My heart, my soul, my mind and strength
For you, O mighty King!
How mighty and awesome is our God, the Creator of the earth, the sky, the seas, the mountains, the trees, the fields and flowers—in more rural parts of the world like Banff, these natural landscapes are an incredible sight to behold! In response to His creation, I find the words of hymnist Isaac Watts very fitting:
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day
the moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.
Amidst a busy world of much noise and many distractions, our prayer is that we never forget the beauty of His creation and to be in awe of His great majesty.