Summary: How Great Thou Art is a top scared hymn of praise among God’s people
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
“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