My Father’s World

The hymn, This is My Father’s World, has been on my heart for several days. I remember singing this song in elementary school, and it has remained a favorite through the years. Each morning as I walk, I hear the songs of the redbirds, and I see the intricate beauty of the flowers and grasses along the road. I am so amazed by God’s creation!

The lyrics of the song were written in the late 1800s by Maltbie Davenport Babcock, a minister in New York. After his death in 1901, they were published by his wife, and a friend adapted an English folk song for the tune.

This is My Father’s World speaks of the beauty of God’s creation, which I rejoice in every day, but it also speaks of the fallen state of this world. I find great comfort and hope in the third stanza.

1 This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--
His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father's world:
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
The battle is not done;
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
and earth and heav'n be one.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Psalm 111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

This is My Father’s World – a good listen

Photo – Along the Wayside, Waterton Canada – Eddy Mims

Comments

9 comments on “My Father’s World”
  1. Latrelle Elliott says:

    Listened to the song – have not heard it in a long time. Great to be reminded that it is His world and He makes everything beautiful in His time.😊

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      This song comforts my heart.

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  2. maryhopkins1221 says:

    This is so beautiful! And one of my very most favorite hymns when I was growing up. Sure wish they sang these today in church. Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      It truly is a beautiful hymn.

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  3. scribelady says:

    This is one of my favorite hymns. My mother has an old hymnbook, and I found it in there. Sometime ago I set myself on a project of memorizing the words to hymns–and this is one I’m working on.
    A few weeks ago a friend called with disturbing news. Immediately after she hung up, the words, “There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God” came to mind. I don’t know how, because I haven’t heard the song for a long time. But I found it in my mother’s hymnbook, and copied down the words. I am memorizing that one, too! 🙂

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Those hymns resonate in our hearts, I believe that God allows them to surface when we need them most. I, too, love Near to the Heart of God. Such comfort!

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  4. Susan says:

    Paul and I both love this beautiful old hymn. We sang it two weeks ago in our virtual service, and it gave us such a lovely feeling of peace, which we truly needed! God’s blessings to you, Eddie and the family!

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Blessings to you and Paul as well! It is so lovely how hymns can bring us together.

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