Jeremiah’s Hymn of Praise
Appears twice in the book of Jeremiah, (Jer 10:12-16 & Jer 51:15-19).
The first time Jeremiah uses this hymn is in chapter 10 and is intended for, “those who worship other gods.” “Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth.”
His message to Israel was a warning about idolatry and the destruction that it brings. Jeremiah uses the hymn to rebuke Israel.
The second time Jeremiah uses this hymn is in chapter 51. He warns the Israelites of the coming destruction of Babylon by the Medes. They are told to prepare for battle with Babylon. Jeremiah reminds the people of who God is and the power He has. He uses the hymn to rally the people.
This hymn of praise is a perfect example of how one song can be used in more than one way. Depending on what the message is and the context, a familiar song can minister in different ways. Perspective sets up how it is received.
Read all of chapter 10, and 50 - 51 for the full context of how this hymn of praise is used.
- But God made the earth by His power,
and He preserves it by His wisdom.
He has stretched out the heavens
by His understanding.
- When He speaks, there is thunder in the heavens.
He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from His storehouses.
- Compared to Him, all people are foolish
and have no knowledge at all!
They make idols, but idols will disgrace their makers,
for they are frauds.
They have no life or power in them.
- Idols are worthless; they are lies!
The time is coming when they will all be destroyed.
- But the God of Israel is no idol!
He is the Creator of everything that exists,
including Israel, His own special possession.
The LORD Almighty is His name!
There is no known notated music that exists to indicate the instruments to be used and the tune that should be used in singing and playing the hymn. Also, there is the possibility it was sung without any instrumentation. Verses 12 & 13 declare God’s power; verses 14 & 15 denounces people and their idols; and verse 16 proclaims God’s relationship with Israel.