Studying The Hymns
Our family recently added a new study to our homeschool schedule. We have started researching the history of hymns and their writers. A dear friend of ours gave us a book called, “Hymns of Faith and Inspiration.” This small book has been such a blessing to me! I grew up in a Christian home. My father was a Baptist preacher. The singing of hymns in church was a Sunday tradition. There are actually hymns that I sang as a child, that I now know solely by memory because we sang them that much. Not until recently, did I even consider to think about who wrote the songs and why.
“How Great Thou Art” is one of my favorite hymns. I’m a visual person and the words of this hymn truly paint a picture. The words are just SO descriptive. Little did I know that this hymn started from a prayer by the Reverend Carl Boberg in 1886 after he witnessed a storm. The verse “I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r thro-out the universe displayed” were Rev Boberg’s thoughts after seeing a storm while out for a walk. As many times as I’ve sung that song, never once did I even think that someone wrote those words after seeing an actual storm!
One of the things, I’ve learned from our time of study is that the writers of the hymns were not just writing something to get a reaction from a congregation. They were not writing hymns to win music awards. Many of the hymns were born out of a deep desire to describe the majesty and glory of our Lord. “How Great Thou Art” went through several revisions over time, with the adding of extra verses, but the point still remains, our God really is great!
I pray that you see how great He is!