In all Thy wisdom, Father God

In all Thy wisdom, Father God,
  According to Thy will,
Eternal purpose Thou hast made
  That all Thy Son might fill.
  How deep and rich Thy wisdom is,
  O who can search and trace?
Yet, Father God, in it we find
    Thy mercy and Thy grace!
How wondrously Thou mad’st all things,
  O who can know Thy mind?
All are of Thee, thru Thee, to Thee,
  Thy wisdom here we find.
Thy wisdom shuts up all in sin,
  That mercy may be shown,
That none may boast in anything
  But in Thyself alone.
In wisdom, by the cross, Thou hast
  For us redemption made,
That in our spirit we may have
  Thyself, the treasure, laid.
Thy wisdom thru Thy Church is known
  By principalities,
Thru us Thy wisdom manifold
  Shown in the heavenlies.
When in the new Jerusalem
  In mercy we will boast,
Thy wisdom will be known for aye
  Unto the uttermost.

Copyright Living Stream Ministry. Used by permission.

Elmer D. Borres

Sauyo, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

The hymn reflects on the depth of God's wisdom, acknowledging the mysterious ways in which His eternal purpose unfolds, ultimately leading to redemption through the cross. It highlights the concept that God's wisdom includes allowing humanity to experience sin, emphasizing the necessity of mercy and grace. The hymn also underscores the role of God's wisdom in the Church and the future glory in the new Jerusalem where His wisdom will be celebrated forever.

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Samuel Augustus Ward, the composer of the tune for this hymn, was born December 28, 1948, and died on September 28, 1903. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was the son of a shoemaker. He studied under several music teachers and became an organist at Grace Episcopal Church in his hometown in 1880. Samuel married Virginia Ward in 1871 whom he had four daughters with.

He is remembered for the tune

“Materna” which he composed in 1882, and had intended it for the hymn, “O Mother Dear, Jerusalem” which was published ten years later in 1892.

In 1903, after Ward had died, the tune was first combined by a publisher with the Katharine Lee Bates poem, “America. ” Itself first published in 1895 to create a patriotic song called “America, the Beautiful, ”. The first book with the combination of the tune, and the poem was published in 1910. Ward and Bates never met.

Ward was founder and Director of Orpheus Club of Newark. He is buried in Newark’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Samuel A. Ward was inducted in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1970.


McKinney, TX, United States

In mercy we will boast

Mistica G

Lucena, Quezon, Philippines

How deep and rich Thy wisdom is,

Rom 11:33a "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God"

Job 11:7a "Can you find out the depths of God?"

Job 5:8-9a "But as for me, I would seek after God,

And I would commit my cause to God, Who does great things that cannot be searched,"

O who can search and trace?

Rom 11:33b "How unsearchable are His judgments and untraceable His ways!"


Zagreb, Croatia

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and untraceable His ways! (Rom 11:33)

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