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Preaching Through The Hymns: How Great Thou Art

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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;

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;

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!

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!”

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!

This is a hymn that I learned from my Dad (my earthly one) and I think I know why he lead it almost every time he would lead singing (regardless of whether the congregation knew the song or not).  You see, my Dad is the outdoorsy type.  He is happiest when hunting a deer, catching a fish, or simply just mowing the lawn.  You might say, “nature speaks to him.”  I have felt this same way when walking through the forrest or meditating by a gentle stream.

This is a part of spirituality that doesn’t get emphasized much in the pulpits.  The only knowledge that is taught is that which can be defined by book, chapter, and verse.  But is that all there is?  I don’t think so.

As great as Bible study is, the knowledge of God cannot be contained in any book.  The author of this song speaks of a spiritual knowledge that is deeper and speaks to the heart in a way that book knowledge never can.  This knowledge is found through prayer, fasting, and meditation.  Through silence and solitude.  It is given by the Spirit and infused into the human heart.

The creation glorifies God, but we must be aware of it so that we can hear its teaching.  This type of knowledge used to seem too subjective to be true or helpful until I embraced it for myself.  This truth is better and deeper than that theologies and religions that are created by men.  This is God writing the law on our hearts.

It makes us proclaim “My God, How great Thou art!!!!”

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