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15 March 2009

How Great Thou Art

In 1886, a Swedish preacher named Carl Boberg wrote a poem titled "O Store Gud" (translation: How Great Thou Art). According to Wikipedia, Boberg's inspiration was a thunderstorm. Translated into English by missionary Stuart Hine, this song speaks of God's awesome power. (written 15 Mar 2008)

Depending on which version you listen to, the tune can be slow, or a bit up-tempo. One of my favorite performances of this song is actually by Elvis. Think about what the words are saying in verse one:

O Lord my God
when I in awesome wonder
consider all
the worlds thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Think about that. Think of how small we are, and how powerful God is. To God, we are His. How someone of such immense power can love someone like me? It is at times beyond my comprehension. Searching out the lyrics, I realize that there are some I've never seen. I don't even think they are on the sheet music that I have. The final verse speaks of going home to be with God:

When Christ shall come
with shout of acclamation
and take me home
what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow
in humble adoration
and then proclaim
"My God, how great Thou art!"

The chorus ties it all together, and always brings to mind even the smallest of God's miracles:

Then sings my soul
my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul
my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

God IS great, and all powerful. He created us to be like Him, to do His work. How can we do less than what He asks of us? I can't really explain right now, except to say that my soul DOES sing of you, God. Thank you for the beautiful gifts you have given me. May I always and ever praise you!

"Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." ~Psalm 145:3 NIV

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