A Hymn for Meditation

God, Whose Almighty Word

hymnal1. God, whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard
And took their flight:
Hear us, we humble pray,
And where the Gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light!

2. Lord, who once came to bring,
On your redeeming wing,
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind:
Oh, now to humankind
Let there be light!

3. Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight;
Move on the water’s face,
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!

4. Holy and blessed three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, love, might!
Boundless as ocean’s tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the earth, far and wide,
Let there be light!

  • What Bible story comes to mind when you read that darkness took flight? What does the hymn writer mean by “the Gospel day?”
  • Contemporary singers may wonder about the word inly in verse 2. This word means “inwardly.” What is an example of someone who is “inly” blind?
  • How does the phrase, “move on the water’s face” actually parallel the phrase, “bearing the lamp of grace?”
  • God said “Light!” and there was light. God said that a virgin would become pregnant and bear a son. An angel said that every word God speaks is possible. How does this hymn help us to understand God’s promises?
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