God of Knowledge, All-Consuming
Hunter Lynch addresses God’s omniscience in his new text, “God of Knowledge, All-Consuming.” What I love about this is that Hunter begins with God’s omniscience as wisdom, mystery, and discernment, rather than painting God as a celestial Santa. He quickly moves to how God’s endless knowledge matters to us humans–”you know my need.” In verse 3, he takes a turn from God knowing to God making himself known. In the final verse, we will no longer see “through a glass darkly,” but all beauty, truth, and mystery will be revealed.
This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “2021 Musical Year in Review.”
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words by Hunter Lynch
music by Greg Scheer
copyright February 12, 2021
1. God of knowledge, all-consuming,
source of wisdom’s flowing stream,
shadowed depths from you hide nothing,
every dormant secret seen.
By your hand, which holds all mystery,
bid me stand when answers flee;
for in soaring breakers swelling,
even there you know my need.
2. Were the fathoms of your nature
fully seen by mortal eye,
tongue would falter, mind would waver
to describe such radiant light.
Here on earth we see mere shadows
of the beauty soon fulfilled,
but what stands beyond our vision
will in glory be revealed.
3. Unseen God, you gave us vision
when in darkness we despaired.
As we fell for lesser wisdom,
mercy came our sin to bear.
What a gracious, kind unveiling!
Leaving glory, crown, and throne,
God of knowledge, all-consuming,
made himself to sinners known.
4. When my final breath is taken
and the part is seen in whole,
fleeting doubts shall be forsaken
as my eager eyes behold
God enthroned and Christ arisen,
advocating for his own.
Lord from whom no soul is hidden,
hide me safely in your Son.