ALL CREATION

I grew up in Northern California, where my family attended a small church that met Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and even Wednesday nights. If the church doors were open, we were there. First to arrive – and typically the last to leave.

And at every service, we sang hymns. These hymns were the first songs I ever knew, and they shaped a lot of my ideas about music and singing.

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The Riggan Ranch in Idaho at sunset, late March 2017.

“When Morning Gilds The Skies” is a beautiful hymn that has been re-worked and re-translated from the original German several different times. My version is called “All Creation.”

I just love how vivid these lyrics are, and it really resonates with me that our deepest desire should be to join with all creation in glorifying and praising our Savior Jesus.

You can listen to this blog post and hear the song All Creation (When Morning Gilds The Skies) here:


When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries
May Jesus Christ be praised
Alike at work or prayer, to Jesus I repair
May Jesus Christ be praised

All creation sings Your praises
There are hallelujahs painted in the sunset sky
And I long to join the chorus
May Jesus Christ be praised

Sing suns and stars of space, sing all that seek His face
May Jesus Christ be praised
God’s whole creation o’er, for now and evermore
May Jesus Christ be praised

All creation sings Your praises
There are hallelujahs painted in the sunset sky
And I long to join the chorus
May Jesus Christ be praised

The night becomes as day when from the heart we say
May Jesus Christ be praised
Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound
May Jesus Christ be praised

All creation sings Your praises
There are hallelujahs painted in the sunset sky
And I long to join the chorus
May Jesus Christ be praised


from Deep Roots
words & music by Scott C. Riggan, Edward Caswall, Robert S. Bridges, Joseph Barnby
© 2013 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP)

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3 Responses to ALL CREATION

  1. Marci Ford says:

    Wow, that’s really good! I barely remember that old hymn, but this is very cool.

  2. Jennifer says:

    “There are hallelujahs painted in the sunset skies” may be one of my favorite lyrics ever. I don’t think that’s part of the original song, is it? Did you write the chorus? It’s really good.

  3. Holly Fisher says:

    Are you going to do audio versions of all your blog posts from now on? I really liked that. Great song, too.

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