So today marks the 40th anniversary of NASA launching Apollo 11 to the moon. It is really surprising that we only put men on the moon five more times and no more after 1972, but that’s a subject for another time. What I wanted to address was the song that immediately popped into my head when I saw the anniversary headline in the paper today. Have you heard of the hymn published in the 1975 edition of the Baptist Hymnal entitled, God of Earth and Outer Space? It is easily one of the oddest and most ill-conceived hymns I’ve ever seen. I’m sure the writer (Thad Roberts Jr.) meant well and meant to glorify God. He was probably caught up in the thrill of our nation putting men on the moon (it was written in 1970). Still, it is a stinker. Here are a few lines from the lyrics,
- God of earth and outer space, God of love and God of grace, Bless the astronauts who fly, As they soar beyond the sky.
- God of darkness, God of light, As man walks in outer space, Teach him how to walk in grace.
- God of rockets firing bright. Hearts ignite and thrust within, Love for Christ to share with men.
Okay so again, Roberts probably meant well but the cheese factor is way too high. It does illustrate the importance of thinking through the lyrics of what we’re singing in worship to the Almighty. God is the Holy of Holies. He is Creator. Sovereign. Eternal. There should be no “throw away” words in our worship. We don’t go through the motions and sing our favorite tunes for entertainment until it is time to sit down for the sermon. This is adoration to our Lord and we need to worship Him with “all our heart, mind, soul, and strength”. He is the God of earth and outer space so be intentional and devotedly thoughtful in your worship so that you don’t find yourself singing a song that you have no idea its words or meaning.