This Is My Father’s World


This arrangement was commissioned by Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where my friend Wendell Kimbrough directs worship. Without gilding the lily, it heightens the beloved hymn with a sparkly piano arrangement and optional strings.

words by Maltbie D. Babcock
music by Franklin L. Sheppard
arranged by Greg Scheer
copyright October 11, 2023
CCLI pending
OneLicense #264293

1. This is my Father’s world
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—
his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father’s world:
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white
declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass,
he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
the battle is not done!
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
and earth and heaven be one.