How Great Thou Art - a hymn just about everyone is familiar with.
As an outdoor photographer, I’m struck by how one of the verses speaks to the beauty that surrounds me as I’m out in the field working:
The hymn is based on a poem written by Carl Gustaf Boberg; the tune is a Swedish folk song.
Interestingly, the poem is supposed to have been inspired by Psalm 8. If you read that Psalm, you’ll see the continuity of imagery.
Over the years, verses have been added and different variations have been published; the hymn gained wide recognition and popularity when it was used in the Billy Graham Crusades of the 1950s.
We included it in the funeral service for my dear father last month.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the words of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
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