This past Sunday one of the songs in our worship service was the hymn, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

Here’s the first stanza:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

If the new translation of Abraham Kuyper, Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art, were to have a companion hymn, this might well be the perfect candidate.


  • Josh

    John Rutter himself is an incredible picture of common grace.  He does not personally identify Christ as Lord, but he is one of the most prolific writers of sacred music of the 20th century.

    • http://www.jordanballor.com/ Jordan Ballor

      This observation reminds me of Bonhoeffer’s citation of Luther, that “God would rather hear the godless than the hallelujahs of the pious.” What Luther actually said was this: “…such blasphemies, because they are violently extorted from men by the devil against their will, they sometimes sound more pleasant in the ear of God than a hallelujah or some kind of hymn of praise.”