My kids and I are currently reading “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald. There is a boy in the story named Curdie, who has a special knack for scaring away goblins. He does this simply by singing. For some reason his song is especially pungant to the goblins and everytime he sings in confidence, the nasty little things flee. This story got me thinking… Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a song like that? A song that caused our enemies to turn and run in the opposite direction? We are after all surrounded by enemies far more daunting than pesky little goblins, are we not? For instance that roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1Peter 5:8), his demons, along with our own sins of pride, selfishness, and idolatry… One of the ways we can keep watch and protect ourselves from our foes is through prayer and by filling our hearts with thanksgiving (Col 4:2).
“Let All Things Now Living,” written in 1939 by Katherine K. Davis, is a perfect song to store in our hearts to frighten away our adversaries. In it we call all creation to join us in giving thanks to Yahweh, who guides, protects, and sets His love upon us. In verse 2 we see that the sun, stars, mountains, and oceans obey Him and proclaim His sovereign deity and that we should unite with them! Such beautiful truths to incorporate into our family rhythms and echo off the walls of our homes throughout this month. Will you join us as we memorize and sing this song of thanksgiving?
Many of you may know this hymn already. If this is an unfamiliar song for your family, please use our YouTube channel to hear it so you can sing it with confidence. We’ve added a few versions of the hymn to the top of our playlist for you to choose from. You’ll also find free printable lyrics, music and even little Thanksgiving table decor cards to help you along.
We encourage you all to gather up your families, for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn, whether it is during family worship, your morning basket or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. By the end of Nov, you are encouraged to post either a photo or video on Instagram that’s inspired by the song. Every time you post, you will be entered into a drawing for a little something special. Just tag your post with #hymnofthemonth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Please let us know if you’ll be joining in!