Scripture Verse

How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! Romans 11:33

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for Child­ren 1763.

Music: Gi­le­ad (To­ron­to), com­pos­er un­known, in the Me­thod­ist Hymn and Tune Book (To­ron­to, Ca­na­da: Me­thod­ist Book & Pub­lish­ing House, 1894), num­ber 59 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know the com­pos­er, or when the mu­sic was writ­ten, would you ?

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Thou, the great, eternal God,
Art high above our thought!
Worthy to be feared, adored,
By all Thy hands have wrought:
None can with Thyself compare;
Thy glory fills both earth and sky;
We, and all thy creatures, are
As nothing in Thine eyes.

Of Thy great unbounded power
To Thee the praise we give,
Infinitely great, and more
Than heart can e’er conceive:
When Thou wilt to work proceed,
Thy purpose firm none can withstand,
Frustrate the determined deed,
Or stay the almighty hand.

Thou, our God, art wise alone;
Thy counsel doth excel;
Wonderful Thy works we own,
Thy ways unsearchable;
Who can sound the mystery,
Thy judgments’ deep abyss explain,
Thine, whose eyes in darkness see,
And search the heart of man?