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A Hymn for Meditation

My God how wonderful thou art

 My God how wonderful thou art,
Thy majesty how bright.
How beautiful thy mercy seat
In depths of burning light.

How wonderful, how beautiful
The sight of thee must be
Thine endless wisdom, boundless power
And awesome purity!

Yet I may love the too, O Lord,
Almighty as thou art,
For thou hast stooped to ask of me
The love of my poor heart.

My God, how wonderful thou art,
Thou everlasting friend!
On thee I stay my trusting heart
Till faith in vision end.

By Frederick W. Faber

  • Where in the Bible is the picture of the “mercy seat in depths of burning light” found? (hint – not just one place)
  • What men in the Bible actually saw vision of the mercy seat and God sitting on it?
  • The psalmist observed that God was so high that he had to stoop to look at heaven, let alone the earth. Where is that vision recorded?
  • What is the most important sentiment expressed in this hymn? When was the last time you prayed these thoughts unencumbered by requests?

A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalImmortal, invisible

 Immortal, invisible,
God only wise,
In light inaccessible,
Hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most glorious,
The Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious,
Thy great name we praise!

 Unresting, unhasting,
And silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting,
Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains
High soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains
Of goodness and love. 

Thou reignest in glory;
Thou dwellest in light.
Thine angels adore thee,
All veiling their sight;
All laud we would render;
Oh, help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor
Of light hideth thee!

Walter Chalmers Smith

  •  Verse 1 praises the “immortal, invisible” God. How do you respond when someone asks you how you can possibly know a God who is immortal and invisible?
  • Explain the imagery of verse 2 when the hymnwriter gives goodness and love supremacy over justice.
  • What is the difference between something that is hidden by darkness and something that is hidden by light as described in verse 3? Why is that difference important to this hymn?
  • Where in the Bible do you find imagery comparable to this hymn? What is the purpose of this hymn?