The Gentle River Flows

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

But when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die-I scarce can take it in
that on the cross, our burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away our sin;

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home-what joy shall fill my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim: My God, how great thou art!

14 Comments CherryPie on Apr 22nd 2011

14 Responses to “I Hear Singing…”

  1. Ginnie says:

    One of the greatest hymns of all time, Cherie! And what a place to sing it!

  2. It does look very peaceful there.

    • CherryPie says:

      It was :-) Just behind where I took the photo there is a dry stone wall where I sat for a while just taking in the atmosphere, listening to the water, the breeze in the trees and the birds.

  3. Claude says:

    Very inspiring!

  4. jameshigham says:

    The power is stupendous, isn’t it?

  5. Chrissy says:

    The tranquility looks amaing, lovely photo. I do love hymns, we sometimes have a bit of a sing in the office, LOL.

  6. amfortas says:


    The concept of God ’sending his Son to die’ is a hard one that counterpoints the awe we have of God’s more ’seeable’ works.

    I have a slightly less certain view m’self, about the inevitable ‘means’ by which God draws the combined intellect and passion of his creation to Himself. To ‘Know’ Him. He Himself is eternal and can only ‘Know’ death through his creation.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is a difficult concept, but my understanding is that God’s son Jesus ‘a prophet’ due to his teachings would be ostracised and condemded to death… Not eternal death…

      And that was a lesson…

      I am not certain either but from my experineces over the years I believe we have been given free will, which gives us a choice to connect back to the creation and God (or not).

      Some of the eastern philospies explain the concept more easily.