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How Great Thou Art Hymn - Story & Tribute

Updated on October 16, 2012

My Tribute to How Great Thou Art - Hymn a Most Popular Christian Hymn - by Carl Gustav Boberg

I have been building lenses on some of the most popular hymns of old times. How Great Thou Art is one of my most favored. This tribute goes into this hymn in some detail and offers several links I think you will find useful. Have fun as I did writing it and leave your comments below in the guestbook section! You might want to check out some of my other lenses.

How Great Thou Art
Hymn A little history

The history of the hymn How Great Thou Art begins with Mr. Carl Gustaf Boberg (1859-1940). Boberg  was a Swedish pastor.  He was known for enjoying long walks.  On one special day, a thunderstorm out of the blue began to blow with a severe wind.  He gazed over the bay, and at that instant heard a church bell from the distant.  He felt a fire in his heart and the words, "How Great Thou Art" began cascading calmness through the fierce storm.  The hymn was born.  This poem,  he titled O Store Gud (O Great God) was published in 1891 in Witness of the Truth, the weekly newspaper that Boberg edited. It was later translated in German. In 1927, it was published in a Russian version of the German text.
(For more information see: How Great Thou Art -  Old Time Favorite)


How Great Thou Art Hymn Lyrics

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.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

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!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

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How Great Thou Art - Sermon And Bible Study!

by Brian Harvison

How Great Thou Art by Brian Harvison

Psalms 145:1-145:7

How Great Thou Art is a top scared hymn of praise among God’s people
The English translation was written by Stuart K. Hine along with the music arrangement
The text was based on the Bible verse Psalm 145:3 “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom”
I like how the Contemporary English Version says it

Psalms 145:3. You are wonderful, LORD, and you deserve all praise, because you are much greater than anyone can understand.

The original Swedish text was a poem entitled “O Store Gud”, written in 1886 by a Swedish preacher Carl Boberg.
Boberg’s inspiration for “How Great Thou Art” came from a visit to a beautiful country estate on the southeast coast of Sweden
He got caught up in a midday thunderstorm with awe-inspiring moments of flashing violence, followed by a clear brilliant sun
Soon afterwards he heard the calm, sweet songs of the birds in nearby trees.
The experience prompted Boberg to “fall on his knees in humble adoration of his mighty God”
The English translator Stuart Hine with his wife, was a missionary in Poland and Czechoslovakia
The thought of writing the original English lyrics came while crossing into the Carpathian Mountains of Russia in the 1930’s
Where the scenery greatly played its part.
One day the couple was caught in a violent storm
The thoughts of the first three verses in English were conceived
The forth verse was penned after World War II
This morning we will be looking at how each of these verses touch our lives indifferent ways
How they portray the Scriptures and how this great song of praise truly does that
Praise the name of our Lord

I. His Power and Might

“awesome wonder”
“all the works Thy hands have made”
“the stars…mighty thunder”
“Thy power throughout the universe displayed”
You ever wondered about some of the works His hand have made?
Ever seen a picture of a platypus?
Strand creature these things are
They live on the east coast of Australia
The bizarre appearance of this mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud
First off it is a mammal – that lays eggs
It has a beaver like tail, a bill that looks like a duck
Its feet are like an otter, webbed for swimming
And it is venomous
It is one of the few venomous mammals
The male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans
It is indeed an amazing creature
I think these are proof of God having a sense of humor
They are funny looking
And indeed part of the mighty works He has made
How about a cheetah?
The smallest of the big cats, it has amazing speed and stealth, while lacking climbing skills
It is the fastest land animal reaching speeds between 70 and 75 mph in short bursts covering distances up to 500 yards.
The cheetah can accelerate from 0-68 mph in 3 seconds
Faster than most sports cars
That’s fast, and our God created the cheetah
One of my favorite animals is the elephant
These massive creatures are a sight to see
The largest elephant ever recorded was shot in Angola in 1956
This male weighed about 26,000 lb with a shoulder height of 13.8 ft
And these massive beasts are not dumb giants
With their large 11 lb brains they display a wide variety of behaviors
Including grief, making music, art, play, use of tools, compassion, and self-awareness
All evidence of a high intelligence level
These mammals are very interesting and again created by our God
All these animals and the thousands more are all part of the works Thy hands have made
This hymn also has us look to the stars
Have you ever tried to count the stars?
It’s impossible, you cannot do it.
Look into the sky on a clear night, out of the glare of streetlights, and you will see a few thousand individual stars with your naked eyes.
With even a modest amateur telescope, millions more will come into view.
Astronomers estimate there are about 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone.
Outside that, there are millions upon millions of other galaxies also!

Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

Oh yeah, and He made the stars
Seems like an afterthought like it was no big deal
No big deal to God
But what a feat it was to create the billions of stars in the universe
These past few weeks we have experienced some amazing rainfall
And these rains have been accompanied by thunder and lightning
I love to watch storms, sit somewhere safe and view the lightning and listen to the thunder
You ever thought about how powerful the lightning is?
The leader of a bolt of lighting can travel at speeds of 60,000 meters/second
And can reach temperatures approaching 54,000° F
Wow that is some power
It was enough to send Marty McFly through time in Back to the Future
There are over 16 million lightning storms every year
And this lightning heats nearby air to about 18,000° F nearly instantly
This is almost twice the temp. of the Sun’s surface
This heating creates a shockwave that is heard as thunder
A mighty rolling thunder that registers at about 160 dB
10 x’s louder than a garbage truck or jackhammer
Its like sitting in front of speakers at a rock concert
It is capable of producing temporary deafness and may cause rupturing of the eardrum
That can lead to hearing damage or deafness
It can even cause property damage
Like popping drywall from the studs in your house
And breaking windows
Just from the concussion of thunder
And it can be heard over 10 miles away
His power throughout the universe displayed
HIS POWER
Who controls this phenomenon?
Jesus Himself
Matthew 8:26-27 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. [27] But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Even the winds and the waves obey Him
How’s that all fit into the global warming consensus?
God is indeed in control
This makes my soul sing out
To my Savior, my God
How GREAT Thou Art
You are immeasurably great and powerful

We also see…

II. His Gentle Spirit

We experience peace and tranquility
“thru the woods and forest glades”
“hear the birds sing”
“look down from lofty mountain”
“hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze”
How Great Thou Art
You hold all this power and might in your hand
And yet you bless us with these gentle escapes
Nothing can be more relaxing than being in the deer woods
Quietly walking to that perfect spot before daylight
Taste of coffee and sausage biscuit still on your lips
You sit still, quietly listening for that sound of a deer tip toeing through the brush
And then it happens, seems like out of nowhere
It comes, before you even realize what’s happening to you
You , you fall asleep
Among the peacefulness of those woods you almost always doze off
The sweet song of harmony between the wind blowing through the trees, the quiet of the sunrise, the birds singing and the squirrels chirping you easily fall asleep
God’s almighty powerful hands have carved out this peaceful setting
With all the wondrous powerful things He has created
The expansive Grand Canyon, the thunderous Niagara Falls, the world-wide sprawling oceans
He took pleasure in creating tranquility for you and me
Genesis 2:8-10 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. [9] And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. [10] And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

How Great Thou Art
Have you ever climbed a mountain? I haven’t but sounds fun
Here are some actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by hikers completing wilderness camping trips
Escalators would help on the steep uphill sections
Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.
Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.
Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to

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      BR549 8 years ago

      One of my favorite hymns!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      A beautiful, good old fashioned hymn.

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      cappuccino136 8 years ago

      I love this hymn. The melody and the words are so beautiful.

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      AslanBooks 8 years ago

      One of my favorites (Great Is Thy Faithfulness is my favorite). Thanks.

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      taomeano 7 years ago

      This is one of the greatest worship songs of all time. It has greatly enhanced my spiritual journey. When I need my faith rekindled I sing this song. The words are truly very very inspirational.

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      taomeano 7 years ago

      This is one of the greatest worship songs of all time. It has greatly enhanced my spiritual journey. When I need my faith rekindled I sing this song. The words are truly very very inspirational.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful hymn! Oh my Lord, How Great Thou Art!

      Blessed

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Oh my, but "How Great Thou Art" is so deeply inspirational.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      One of my favorites, it always gives me the chills, I wonder why?

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      How great thou art is tied to my childhood when George Beverly Shea used to sing it at all the Billy Graham Crusades. It was a favorite then and it is still a favorite now. Lensrolling it to my Silent Night lens where I am collecting all my favorite songs. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember Bev Shea singing How Great Thou Art on billy Graham crusades, we sang it often in the Methodist church I grew up in and you just reminded me of the Elvis How Great Thou Art album, which we about wore out. It's one of my many favorite worship song. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      My dad's favourite hymn, we sang it for him in the hospice as he was going to sleep.

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      How Great Thou Art is one of my favorite hymn. I danced using this hymn when I was 7 years old and until today, this hymn still gives me a goosebumps every time I hear or sing it.

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      James M Becher 6 years ago from South Florida

      Good job. I lensrolled it to and featured it on my lense: Great Hymns Of The Faith

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      flyingace 6 years ago

      A very nice tribute to the most beautiful hymn. It always moves me.

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      BGLJane 5 years ago

      This song makes me cry every time I hear it. Thanks for the tribute. Take a look at our new worship songs at www.meredogmusic.com.

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      rhondagoforth 5 years ago

      I love all 3 songs listed in your poll but my favorite is "Rock of Ages". Have you done a history on this one yet? I would love to know how it came about. Thanks.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      This is my favorite hymn...I also like "When I survey the wondrous cross".....Great lens!

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      These are great songs.

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      These are great songs.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      One of my favorite hymns! =D

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      The lyrics and melody to this are beautiful. I think people like it because it talks about the things we see in everyday life and we are in awe of.

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I don't know if I could settle on a favorite hymn (maybe "I See a Crimson Stream"). BUt I love "How Great Thou Art", too!

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      I'm not a Christian, but I am always moved by music which has been inspired by real faith and joy; and this hymn is one such. My own favourite versions are sung by Aled Jones, and the Morrison Orpheus Male Voice Choir, but you have some lovely ones here.

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      It is nice that you featured this song. It reminds us how great God's creations are and how much He loves us.

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