Getting a Grip on Reality

Deacon Tim and Cyndi have talked about the negative impact of relativism in a prior podcast. In this program, they talk about the relationship between faith and what is truly, objectively real. They also discuss ways we can connect with the real in the hustle, bustle and confusion of modern life. Here is a poem which beautifully captures the relationship between reality and God:

O worship the King all glorious above

O worship the King, 
all glorious above!
O gratefully sing
his power and his love!
Our shield and defender, 
the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor, 
and girded with praise.

O tell of his might! 
O sing of his grace!
Whose robe is the light, 
whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath
the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path
on the wings of the storm.

The earth, with its store
of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power
hath founded of old,
hath 'stablished it fast
by a changeless decree,
and round it hath cast, 
like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, 
what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; 
it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, 
it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills
in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, 
and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, 
nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies, how tender! 
How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, 
Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless Might, 
ineffable Love,
while angels delight
to worship thee above,
the humbler creation, 
though feeble their lays,
with true adoration
shall all sing thy praise.

Words: Robert Grant (1779-1838), 1833, after William Kethe (ca. 1559-1594)