How Great Thou Art



Coming into Passion Week I’ve been reflecting on many qualities of God, specifically His greatness. He is so great that He not only created the world, everything in it, and everything around it, but He also sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to save everything He created. When I think about how to put how great the Lord is into words there is a song that comes to mind:

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee. How great Thou art. There’s no one greater in the Universe. In all creation, I promise they could do a search. Still, they would never find another one of your kind who holds it all together, who tells the sun to shine. I’ve been around the world; they say that love is blind, but I love you, and I’ve seen you a hundred times. I’m so amazed at this world that you made. It’s amazing; you know the stars on a first name basis. Yeah, I’ve tasted and seen, because of you’re greatness. God you’re so gracious, how you create this world in a week from the clouds in the sky to the pearls in the deep. I look into the air and your glory shines so when I walk outside it’s story time. You’re telling me about your greatness and power. That’s why I came to praise you this hour every hour.

Passion Week 2014 Digital Card copyThen sings my soul my savior God to thee. How great thou art.

When I think about your greatness and might so bright that we have to hide our face from the light, I’m even more amazed you gave us the Christ considering you made outer space and the like. And I have never heard of love like yours betrayed by the slaves that He came to secure. I think about the strain and the pain He endured. It’s got me with my knees and my face to floor. There’s no one greater in the Universe. I’d never heard of a God who took on human hurts. Hung up on the cross, paid for my debt, blood spilled for my guilt all my pain and regret.

Then sings my soul my savior God to thee. How great thou art.

When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation to 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.’

(Jimmy Needham and Trip Lee, How Great Thou Art)

Jesus embodies this same unfathomable greatness. It leaves me speechless. Standing in awe of the Lord is a great way to worship and glorify Him.

My challenge to you as a body of believers as we begin reflecting on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection is to begin thinking of all the amazing things that Jesus did in his physical incarnation on earth and stand, sit, or kneel in meditative awe of our glorious, merciful, and loving Savior. In your everyday lives, whether at work, school, or in your home with your family and friends, find ways to step back and say, “My God, how great you are!”