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God of our Fathers Creation Hymn

God of our fathers, Whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

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Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine. 

While this hymn was first popularized as an American patriotic anthem, the truths here apply to everyone. Whether our direct ancestors ever acknowledged they were created by God, our first ancestors did. And we survived the Flood because of their belief.

For those of us reading and singing this today, we have been given an extraordinary gift of living in a society free enough to allow us to publicly declare God’s praise. That must be true for any internet ministry, or the powers arrayed against the knowledge of God would have long since taken them down.

The order of verses in this hymn is significant. I always find reminding myself first of the overarching reality that everything in the universe exists and is sustained by Jesus’ power leads inevitably to greater worship. That Jesus died for me holds power and fills me with awe because he first designed the human body and then became one of us himself!

Throughout this hymn we find strong echoes of various passages of Scripture, from Genesis 1 to Psalm 16; the Lord’s Prayer to Revelation 22.


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Written by Cheri Fields

Hi, I’m Cheri Fields: 2nd generation homeschooling mom of seven, wife, writer, and science lover. There is a wealth of information available to help people see how trustworthy God and His testimony in the Bible is. The key is to explain concepts simply so they can be understood by anyone. This is my goal, and I’ve had a lot of fun tackling areas where the world tests our faith.

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