Stop and Think about a Hymn

Open Hymnal This Day at Thy Creating Word

1.This day at Thy creating word
First o’er the earth the light was poured:
O Lord, this day upon us shine
And fill our souls with light divine.

  1. This day the Lord for sinners slain
    In might victorious rose again:
    O Jesus, may we raised be
    From death of sin to life in Thee!
  1. This day the Holy Spirit came
    With fiery tongues of cloven flame:
    O Spirit, fill our hearts this day
    With grace to hear and grace to pray.
  1. O day of light and life and grace,
    From earthly toil sweet resting-place,
    Thy hallowed hours, blest gift of love,
    Give we again to God above.
  1. All praise to God the Father be,
    All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
    Whom, with the Spirit, we adore
    Forever and forevermore.

by William W. How, 1823-1897   Source:
License: Text is in the public domain

  • What day is “this day” in verse 1?
  • What day is “this day” in verse 2?
  • What day is “this day” in verse 3?
  • What day is “this day” in verse 4?
  • If the same God blesses and directs each day, what is the right model for history? How does this model differ from the secular theory of historical evolution?
  • What difference does it make to you in daily life that God is the God of all history, one God now and forever?

By Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love available for Kindle at

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