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Hymn #3 – “How Great Thou Art”


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Video: HYMN “How Great Thou Art”

Published on Youtube by Fruit of the Vine Marketing, Apr 7, 2016


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This Hymn has several version, and has been translated into many languages.

🎵 HOW GREAT THOU ART! 🎵

Verse 1
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.

Refrain
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!

Verse 2
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 hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Verse 3
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.

Verse 4
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then shall I bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art!”

🎵 Commonly used English lyrics 🎵

Verse 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 rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Refrain
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!

Verse 2
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 hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Verse 3
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:

Verse 4
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!

 



Video: HISTORY “How Great Thou Art”
Published on Youtube by David Duerr on Apr 1, 2016
(After the History, the wonderful hymn is sung as well, so please watch the whole video



🎵 THE AUTHOR 🎵

Born Carl Gustav Boberg 16 August 1859 in Mönsterås, Kalmar County in Småland, Sweden
Died 07 January 1940 (age 80)in Kalmar län, Sweden
Burial place: Gamla kyrkogard (Old cemetery) Mönsterås, Mönsterås kommun, Kalmar län, Sweden

Carl Boberg was a poet and elected official, best known for writing the Swedish language poem of “O Store Gud” (O great God) from which the English language hymn “How Great Thou Art” is derived.

Carl was a carpenter’s son, worked briefly as a sailor, and served as a lay minister in the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden. He was the editor of a weekly Christian newspaper, Sanningsvittnet (Witness of the Truth), from 1890 until 1916. He served in the Riksdag for 20 years from 1912 to 1931. He published more than 60 poems, hymns, and gospel songs, including a collaboration with Swedish hymnist Lina Sandell.

🎵 THE HISTORY 🎵

“How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Boberg in Mönsterås, Sweden in 1885. It was translated into German and then into Russian. In the early 1920s, English missionaries Stuart K. Hine and his wife, Mercy Salmon Hine, were ministering in Poland, where they learned the Russian version. He created English words for the song, and arranged the Swedish melody to fit. This is the hymn we now know as How Great Thou Art.

It was popularised by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows during the Billy Graham crusades. It was voted the United Kingdom’s favourite hymn by BBC’s Songs of Praise. “How Great Thou Art” was ranked second (after “Amazing Grace”) on a list of the favourite hymns of all time in a survey by Christianity Today magazine in 2001.

The Manna Music version of the song was popularized as the “signature song” of the 1950s Billy Graham Crusades. It was popularized by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows during Billy Graham crusades.

As the story goes, when the Billy Graham team went to London in 1954 for the Harringay Crusade, they were given a pamphlet containing Mr. Hine’s work. “At first they ignored it, but fortunately not for long,” said Bud Boberg. They worked closely with Mr. Hine to prepare the song for use in their campaigns. They sang it in the 1955 Toronto campaign, but it didn’t really catch on until they took it to Madison Square Garden in 1957. According to Cliff Barrows (Dr. Graham’s longtime associate), they sang it one hundred times during that campaign because the people wouldn’t let them stop.”

Manna Music version (1955)
A program note from a Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, concert tells listeners that Dr. J. Edwin Orr (15 January 1912 – 22 April 1987) of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, discovered the song being sung in a small village near Deolali, India by a choir of the Naga tribe from Assam near Burma. The tribesmen had arranged the harmony themselves, and a Mennonite missionary had transcribed it.

Dr. Orr was so impressed with the song that he introduced it at the Forest Home Christian Conference Center in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California founded in 1938 by Henrietta Mears (23 October 1890 – 19 March 1963) in the summer of 1954. Miss Mears’ publishing company, Gospel Light Press, published Mr. Hine’s version of the song in 1954. However, according to Manna Music’s website …

Dr. Orr’s theme for the week of the conference was “Think not what great things you can do for God, but think first of whatever you can do for a great God.” And so he introduced the song at the start of the conference and it was sung each day. Attending the Forest Home college-age conference were Hal Spencer and his sister, Loretta, son and daughter of Tim Spencer, who was a songwriter and publisher of Christian music. Hal and Loretta borrowed the song sheet from Dr. Orr and brought it home and gave it to their father.

Their father was Vernon ‘Tim’ Spencer (13 July 1908 – 26 April 1974), a converted cowboy, and former member of The Sons of the Pioneers, who had founded the newly established Manna Music of Burbank, California in 1955. Mr. Spencer negotiated with Mr. Hine for the purchase of the song.

The Manna Music editors changed “works” and “mighty” in Mr. Hine’s original translation to “worlds” and “rolling” respectively. According to Manna Music, “Presently it is considered, and has been for several years, to be the most popular Gospel song in the world.”

The first time “How Great Thou Art” was sung in the United States was at the Forest Home conference in 1954, led by Dr. Orr. In honour of this event, Forest Home had the words to the song carvedon a polished Redwood plaque. This plaque hangs on the wall of Hormel Hall at Forest Home to this day, enabling people to sing it at any time, to help in learning the song, and to raise hearts to the Lord in impassioned praise.

The first major American recording of “How Great Thou Art” was by Bill Carle in a 1958 Sacred Records album of the same name.

🎵 SCRIPTURE REFERENCES 🎵
Deuteronomy 3: 24
Job 38: 1-7
Psalm 8: 1-4
Isaiah 40: 26
Romans 1: 20

🎵 THEMES 🎵
Worship, Creation, Praise
This hymn teaches three essential truths –
The greatness of God’s creation,
The greatness of Christ’s redemption, and
The greatness of our future inheritance.


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