I sing the goodness of the Lord
That filled the earth with good;
He formed the creatures with His word,
And then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed
Wher-e’er I turn my eye:
If I survey the ground I tread,
Or gaze upon the sky!
There’s not a plant or flower below,
But makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
By order of Thy throne.
While all that borrows life from Thee
Is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that man can be,
Thou, God, are present there.
While some of us walk around in green clothes and shamrocks, sipping green-tinged smoothies today, we thank God for three great people from Ireland. St. Patrick, of course, for whom all today’s festivities are named — a courageous missionary to a foreign land — and, of more recent times, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Christian songwriters and musicians.
Enjoy this beautiful song by Keith and Kristyn, “In Christ Alone,” letting it remind you of all we’re contemplating this Lenten season.
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
~Frederick M. Lehman (1917)
Listen to Mercy Me – The Love of God
Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King.
Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit, rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne.
~from Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, by Charles Wesley