by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748



Truth #2: God created everything and it was good.

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The Rhyming Revolutionary.

Known as The Father of English Hymnody, Isaac Watts displayed a love of poetry from an early age.

One evening during family devotions, he saw a mouse climbing up the bell-pull and began to giggle.

When his father asked why he was laughing, young Isaac replied, ‚ÄúThere was a mouse for want of stairs, ran up a rope to say his prayers.‚Ä̬†

When his father expressed frustration at the interruption, the boy replied, ‚ÄúO father, do some mercy take, and I will no more verses make.‚Ä̬†

Watts grew up to write over 750 hymns and lead a hymn-singing revolution with the publication of his Psalter that translated the Psalms more loosely into everyday language.

Watts' Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language, for the Use of Children (1715) was a very popular collection back in the day. Children in England learned from these poems for many years after Watts passed away.

The only song that's still commonly used from this hymnal is "I Sing the Almighty Power of God," originally called "Praise for Creation and Providence."

Even though it's not specifically about the Apostles' Creed, children in Watts' time probably saw it as a way of talking about the first part of the Creed: "I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth."



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God's Power in Creation Reveals His:

POWER (Stanza One)

GOODNESS (Stanza Two)

CARE (Stanza Three)

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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 built 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.

Ps. 90:2; Amos 4:13; Gen. 1:16-18; Ps. 104:19; Ps. 8:3-4; Job 42:2

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
Where'er I turn my eye:
If I survey the ground I tread
Or gaze upon the sky!

 Ps. 34:8; Ps. 136:25; James 1:17; Gen. 1:30; Ps. 19:1

There's not a plant or flower below
But makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow
By order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee
Is ever in Thy care,
And ev'rywhere that man can be,
Thou, God, art present there.

Luke 12:27; Ps. 78:23; Jonah 1:41; Ps. 145:15; Ps. 139:7-10


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