~* ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING *~
Giovanni Bernardone, 1182-1226
English Translation by William Draper, 1855-1933

All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.
Psalm 145:10 & 11

All the magnificent wonders of creation reveal the majesty of God and glorify Him. From the grateful heart of a devoted Italian man in the year of 1225 came this beautiful message. As a great lover of creation, Giovanni Bernardone--also known as Francis of Assisi--saw the hand of God in it all, and he urged men to respond with expressions of praise and alleluias.

Giovanni Bernardone demonstrated through his own life all the tender, humble, forgiving spirit and absolute trust in God that his hymn urges others to have. At the age of 25 Bernardone left an indulgent life as a soldier, renounced his inherited wealth, and determined to live meagerly and to imitate the selfless life of Jesus Christ.

Throughout his life, Giovanni Bernardone appreciated the importance of church music and encouraged singing. He wrote more than 60 hymns for this purpose. The beautiful expressions of praise in "All Creatures of Our God and King" have endured throughout the centuries. A prayer written by Bernardone has also become familiar and well-loved:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith.
where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in Thy dying, that we are born to eternal life.



All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Rich, fruitful earth, which day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest Home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!



*For Today*: Psalm 145; Jeremiah 32:17-20; Romans 11:36; Revelation 14:7

Praise God continually for His many blessings and for the wonders of His creation!

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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