As we grapple with the wonders of God, and the eyes of our hearts are open to see and savor Him, our minds are quickly blown by His “Divine Glories.” Isaac Watts (1674-1748), the hymn-writer and thinker, penned the below hymn about our Wondrous, Mysterious King.
Some of Watts most loved hymns include: “Joy to the World,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “Alas! and Did my Savior Bleed.”
In addition to hymns, Watts wrote a text-book on logic with a lengthy title appropriately named Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth With a Variety of Rules to Guard Against Error in the Affairs of Religion and Human Life, as well as in the Sciences.
Logic was first published in 1724, and its popularity endured so that it went through twenty editions. It later became the standard text on logic at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale; being used at Oxford University for well over 100 years (Source: Wikipedia).
With this logician background on Watts, let us worship along with him as we consider his not so well-known hymn entitled:
The Divine Glories Above Our Reason
How wondrous great, how glorious bright,
Must our Creator be,
Who dwells amidst the dazzling light
Of vast infinity!
Our soaring spirits upwards rise
Toward the celestial throne;
Fain would we see the blessed Three,
And the Almighty One.
Our reason stretches all its wings,
And climbs above the skies;
But still how far beneath thy feet
Our grov’lling reason lies!
Lord, here we bend our humble souls,
And awfully adore;
For the weak pinions of our mind
Can stretch a thought no more.
Thy glories infinitely rise
Above our lab’ring tongue;
In vain the highest seraph tries
To form an equal song.
In humble notes our faith adores
The great mysterious King,
While angels strain their nobler powers,
And sweep the immortal string.