Friday, April 11, 2008

How Great Thou Art

I got an email this evening from a friend who got a referral for her daughter today. Since then, my soul has been singing and the song it has chosen is How Great Thou Art. I'm not sure why, it just continues to run through my mind, soothing and calming and reassuring me that God is fully in control of all things about our adoption and that even when I become overwhelmed with it all, He is not.

I thought I would share the lyrics, after having looked them up online. Taking the melody out and simply reading it as a poem makes it somehow even more beautiful. I think I sometimes become so accustomed to just singing the words without thinking about them. This song was written by Carl Gustav Boberg in Sweden in 1885. He wrote it after a two mile walk home from a church meeting in a thunderstorm. I LOVE knowing the stories behind why songs were written. It makes the songs so much more personal.

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.


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 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 see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.


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.


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 then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"


How beautiful.

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