How Great Thou Art

howgreatthouartOur Pastor here at Columbia Gorge Christian Fellowship did something different this Sunday. He took a break from verse by verse through 2 Samuel and did a teaching on the hymn, How Great Thou Art. Some interesting insights into the story of how the hymn was written, relevant Bible verses, and insight into worship in general. Check it out.

 

 

How Great Thou Art (Pastor Bob Middleton)

Also, here’s our “Retuned” version of this classic hymn.

A Mighty Fortress: Two Versions

A Mighty FortressI’ve been working on recording a new cd the past few weeks and based on an idea from a friend, decided to record vocal and instrumental versions of the songs. Here’s the initial mixes of the first one that’s “mostly” done. “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of Martin Luther’s most beloved and well known hymns. Here are my Retuned versions.

 

 

A Mighty Fortress with Vocals

A Mighty Fortress Instrumental

The concept of instrumental versions of hymns is nothing new, but recently I’ve been enjoying instrumental albums from Bethel Music: Their first was Without Words followed by Without Words: Synesthesia. More recently they released Brian & Jenn: After All These Years Instrumental. I particularly enjoy having these on in the background as I’m working or as background music for times of prayer. Be sure to check those links and have a listen.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

This is one of my favorite hymns. It goes waaay back to a tv show called Davey and Goliath. A version of this hymn was used for the theme song. It was many years later before I heard the words. To this day, I still enjoy watching Davey and Goliath. By today’s standards, this stop motion animation might seem “low budget” to some, but the stories are timeless and entertain as well as teach.

Martin Luther wrote this hymn around 1529. It is based on Psalm 49 and reflects Luther’s awareness of our struggle with Satan. For me, it’s a reminder of who I find my strength and refuge in. Throughout our Christian lives we fight a battle against an enemy that “seeks to work us woe”. We can all too easily fall to sin and temptation if we don’t find our strength and protection in our Lord and Savior. No matter what the difficulty, we can find refuge and peace in our God.

You can download a free mp3 Here. Chord charts and lyrics can be downloaded from This Page.