How Great Thou Art Praise Thanks

How Great Thou Art Praise Thanks

A few days ago I had cataract  eye surgery which has led me to reflect and consider the wonders of God in man. Physicians and hospitals are a way of life in the modern world in the United States. We all share this common experience of people dedicated to our good health and well-being. Most of us from birth to death are frequently found in the hands of medical professionals. The science and technology is ever changing and quite fascinating. No other creature of God’s creation and world has been designed and blest and privileged to share in this unique and divine attribute od wisdom and glory; such honor shared by no other animal in the natural world of living souls. Humans stand alone in this image of God, and divine likeness. In my great appreciation and gratitude to the medical professionals and all their helpers, with all the intertwined network of other organizations, companies, and agencies, my heart is moved beyond them, and above these we see God the Great and Awesome, the Creator of profound and inscrutable ways and means. My value of the human activity leads me to the divine work of God. Unknown or ignored He has set in motion and ever maintains all of life and living with miracles of every sort in countless details.
When I was a boy, newly come to America, I heard music everywhere in public and at home through new technology of radio and television. One of the famous singers of rising fame was Elvis Presley who would be called the King of Rock & Roll.(whose legacy would live on united to and kinship with Michael Jackson as the King of Pop). When I was 16 in a boys correctional facility one of the camp counsellors use to play some Elvis songs to wake us up at dawn. the one that stuck with me was “There’ll be Peace in the Valley for me”. Later I would discover as a Christian his recording of a popular Christian Hymn “How Great Thou Art”; which in turn would become one of Billy Graham Crusades Songs, and in time one of my favorites. The Hymn has become part of many churches in many nations of many languages.
Every song or hymn comes with its own history whether known or forgotten. The story of this Hymn is filled with instruction. “O Store Gud (O Great God) was a poem written by Carl Boberg, Mönsterås (south-eastern Sweden) in 1885. It was a rather long poem. There are altogether nine stanzas in this poem. The poem was sung in a church in Sweden in 1888 to a Swedish folk tune. It was said to be a paraphrase of Psalm 8 and was used in the underground church in the late 1880s.  Carl Boberg later sold the rights to this poem to the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden.  It was later translated into German in 1907 entitled ‘Wie groß bist Du’ and to Russian in 1912 and known as ‘Velikiy Bog’.
In 1925, verses 1 to 2, and 7 to 9 were literally translated to English by E. Gustav Johnson (1893–1974) and was titled ‘O Mighty God’.  This is also the hymn that inspired Stuart Wesley Keene Hine, a Methodist missionary to write the great Christian hymn, How Great Thou Art.”
“According to Boberg’s great-nephew, Bud Boberg, “My dad’s story of its origin was that it was a paraphrase of Psalm 8 and was used in the ‘underground church’ in Sweden in the late 1800s when the Baptists and Mission Friends were persecuted.” The author, Carl Boberg himself gave the following information about the inspiration behind his poem:  “It was that time of year when everything seemed to be in its richest colouring; the birds were singing in trees and everywhere. It was very warm; a thunderstorm appeared on the horizon and soon there was thunder and lightning. We had to hurry to shelter. But the storm was soon over and the clear sky appeared.  “When I came home I opened my window toward the sea. There evidently had been a funeral and the bells were playing the tune of ‘When eternity’s clock calls my saved soul to its Sabbath rest.’ That evening, I wrote the song, ‘O Store Gud. (1886)'”

How Great Thou Art

English Translation of Boberg’s Swedish “O Store God” by Stuart K. Hine

1.
O Lord my God,
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all
The works Thy Hand hath made,
I see the stars,
I hear the (mighty) thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout
The universe displayed,
2.
When through the woods
And forest glades I wander
I 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,
3.
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!
4.
When Christ shall come,
With shouts 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!”
5.
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!

About mjmselim

Male, 64, born in Jamaica, USA since 1961; cobbler for 40 years, Christian since 1969; married to same wife since 1979; 6 daughters and 2 sons, with 7 grandkids. Slowly adapting to the digital world of computers and internet; hobby in digital editing.
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