But Makes Thy Glories Known

Buts in song?

Isaac Watts is credited with having written somewhere near 1000 hymns for the church to sing.  He was rather controversial in his day–he dared to depart from the strick singing of scripture that stemmed from the teachings of John Calvin.  Are you ready for this?  Watts is believed to be the first worship song composer who created “original songs of Christian experience.”

One of my favorite Watts songs is I Sing The Mighty Power of God.  It was initially composed as a children’s song, although it grew to become a favorite of adults, utilized often in worship services and liturgies.  The lyrics paint pictures of God’s creation, providence, and care–the third and final verse contains a great but–to the end that all of these things speak of God.

There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known;

And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;

While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care,

And everywhere that man can be, Thou, God are present there.

Learn more about Isaac Watts and his many great hymns here and here.