Our 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.
Interesting interview with Kevin Twit of Indelible Grace. “Retuned” hymns and in particular the hymns that have been retuned by Indelible Grace have been a part of our worship at CGCF for several years. Kevin has some great thoughts on worship and why we need to sing the hymns. This video is well worth watching all the way through.
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.