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The Pilgrim Path (10-19-2020)

The Pilgrim Path

For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): "I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

Isaiah 45:18

Carl Boberg, a 26-year-old Sweedish minister, wrote a poem in 1885 which he called “O Store Gun”—“O Mighty God.” The words, literally translated to English, said:

When I the world consider / Which Thou has made by Thine Almighty Word

And how the webb of life Thou wisdom guideth / And all creation feeders at Thy board.

Then doth my soul burst forth in song of praise / Oh, great God, Oh, great God!

His poem was published and “forgotten”—or so he thought. Several years later, Carl was surprised to hear it being sung to the tune of an old Swedish melody; but the poems and hymn did not achieve widespread fame.

Hearing this hymn in Russia, English missionary, Stuart Hine, was so moved he modified and expanded the words and made his own arrangement of the Swedish melody. He later said his first three verses were inspired, line upon line, by Russia’s rugged Carpathian Mountains. The first verse was composed when he was caught in a thunderstorm in a Carpathian village, the second as he heard birds sing near the Romanian border, and the third as he witnessed many of the Carpathian mountain-dwellers coming to Christ. The final verse was written after Dr. Hine returned to Great Britain.

During the 1954 Billy Graham Crusade in Harringay Aerna, George Beverly Shea was given a leaflet containing this hymn. He sang it to himself and shared it with other members of the Graham team. Though not used in London, it was introduced the following year to audiences in Toronto.

In the New York Crusade of 1957, it was sung by Bev Shea ninety-nine times, with the choir joining the majestic refrain:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Praise God today for who He is and that He has revealed Himself to his creation!

Grace and Peace in Jesus Christ our Risen Lord and Savior, Pastor Peter