Hymn of the Month – How Great Thou Art!
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There are lots of things that might make you go “Wow!”
The grandeur of creation or the beauty of creation.
Something incredible you see or hear like a great achievement or a moving piece of worship.
But “Wow!” shouldn’t just be our response. It should be “Wow!” Isn’t God great?” Isn’t God so amazing that He would create a world which is so vast and wonderful and where people can do incredible things?
Now there are other things that should make us go “Wow! Isn’t God great?”
Like Jesus’ death on the cross – that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
And how one day Jesus will return to take all His people to live with Him in heaven.
Should they make us say “How great and glorious and good God is”?
To worship Him because as Deuteronomy 10:21 reminds us “He is your praise and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awe-inspiring works your eyes have seen.”
And there is a great hymn to help us to do that, which is going to be our hymn of the month, and it would be really great if we all could learn it, so that we can use the words to glorify our great God for what He has done.
It goes like this:
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.
This verse reminds us of the power of God seen in creation. The vastness of the universe, the thunder echoing through the mountains. But His greatness also comes through in the gentleness of the breeze and the songs of the birds, and the next verse reminds us.
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 hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.
The hymn then shifts our gaze from creation to the cross. To our sins and God’s solution to them.
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.
What beautiful words to praise God our Saviour for His grace and mercy that He should send His Son to be the perfect sacrifice to take away the sins of who trust in Him.
And because of what Christ has done, look at the hope His followers have which the hymn ends with.
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 there proclaim, My God, how great thou art!
Our God will make all things new when Jesus returns and then we will be home. “Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!”
So, How great Thou art! is our hymn of the month. Let’s use the words to sing and praise God for His greatness seen in His creation, Christ’s cross, and His coming again.
More talks from The Hymn of the Month series can be found HERE.
(Photo: Aaron Burden)