Monthly with Hymn, September
This is My Father’s World, by Maltbie D. Babcock, was originally a sixteen-stanza poem of nature and biblical truths, declaring praise to God.
Babcock’s love of nature shines through the hymn. Reading through all its original stanzas, it is clear that Maltie saw God’s eternal qualities in creation, as Romans 1:20 says, “[God’s] invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.”
His wife published this work as part of a book of poems collected after his death in 1901. In 1915, Franklin L. Sheppard set the poem to music, selecting three stanzas for the hymn.
Join me for a devotional about this hymn on my blog: withhymn.