I Sing the Mighty Power of God
by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
I sing the mighty power of God
that made the mountains rise
That spread the flowing seas abroad
and build the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day.
The moon shines full at His command
and all the stars obey
I sing the goodness of the Lord
that filled the earth with food
He formed the creatures with His Word
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed,
wherever 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 cloud arise and tempest blow
by order from Thy throne.
While all that borrows life from Thee
is ever in Thy care.
And every where that we can be
Thou, God, art present there
I think it is in the same spirit, that scientist Robert Boyle (1627-1691) writes:
“It much more tends to the illustration of God’s wisdom, to have framed things at first, that there can seldom or never need any extraordinary interposition of his power. And, as it more recommends the skill of an engineer to contrive an elaborate engine so, as that there should need nothing to reach his ends in it but the contrivance of parts devoid of understanding, than if it were necessary, that ever and anon, a discreet servant should be employed to concur notably to the operation of this or that part, or to hinder the engine from being out of order; so it more sets off the wisdom of God in the fabric of the universe that he can make so vast a machine perform all those many things, which he designed it should, by the mere contrivance of brute matter managed by certain laws of local motion and upheld by his ordinary and general concourse, than if he employed from time to time an intelligent overseer, such as nature is fancied to be, to regulate, and control the motions of the parts” (A Free Inquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notions of Nature).
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