Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday Song


How Great Thou Art
Carl Boberg


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 pow'r throughout The universe displayed.

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

When thru 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 hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Savior 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 Savior 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 there proclaim, "My God, how great Thou art!"

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!

Carl Boberg was a Swedish minister and wrote a poem in 1885, when he was 26 years old, that translated very similar to the first verse of this hymn. Stuart Hine, an English missionary, was in Russia when he heard the hymn for the first time. He loved it so much he changed some words and added the last three verses. In 1954 George Beverly Shea heard this song and introduced it to the Billy Graham Crusade team. In the New York Crusade of 1957, Bev Shea sung this hymn ninety-nine times.

*The history for this hymn is taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

18 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I love to read your Sunday Songs! They are just wonderful! Hope you have a great Sunday!!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love this song. Have a blessed and wonderful Sunday!

AJ said...

I do love this hymn. The one thing I miss the most since converting to catholicism is the music. The catholic church music is just not the same. Have a great Sunday:)

devri said...

THis is my favorite song.. thank you.

Betsy said...

Reminds me to just give it all up to Him. Thanks!

Vanessa Scott said...

I just wanted to let you know that I love reading your blog.
You have such a beautiful home & youve given me many ideas of things to do in my own home to make it nicer.
As someone who has a sister in law who isnt very nice I have to say I envy the relationship you have with your sister in law & your nephew. I would love to have a fam night like you do - You are very lucky.
With love & hugs across the pond!

Vanessa from the UK
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JuJu and Family said...

Hi there, I can't believe that I forgot to put the link...one of those days. http://thevintagemoth.blogspot.com/
Thanks for your Sunday Songs. I love them. Take care
JuJu

Nicole said...

Love your Sunday Posts! I also love all of your Thanksgiving decorations, you have the best ideas!

Cali Girl said...

so pretty, love it. thank you!

Alyce said...

One of the best hymns ever!!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I love that song and it always touches my heart when we sing it in church.

Hugs,
Joanne

TCKK said...

I love this song!

Alex and Jill said...

I always stop by to see what the Sunday Song will be...this another of my husband's favorites!

Thanks for sharing...

My Beautiful Mess! said...

Oh the memories this brings up for me. I can hear my sweet mother singing this very song. Thank you for taking me back. Have a blessed day!

ka1t_lyn said...

I've never heard this song, but I love worship music!

the undomesticated wife said...

This song always reminds me of the church I grew up in back home. :) Good memories.

Christian said...

If you can find this song done by a group called "Eleven Eleven" give it a listen...it is my favorite.

amariaf2000 said...

Nice blog! I just found it through Mabel's House. I had How Great Thou Art in my wedding this wedding. It was beautiful.