Inspiration of “How Great Thou Art”
God’s greatness is seen in many things in our lives. Even in our ordinary days, it has been screaming the greatness of God. The popular hymn “How Great Thou Art” was born from an ordinary day experience of the songwriter. Carl Boberg wrote the song after walking home. He heard the church bells ring, and it was a beautiful warm day. However, a storm suddenly passed by. It didn’t last that long, and the sky was clear as it was before. This simple experience in the songwriter’s life gave him the inspiration to write about God.
“How Great Thou Art” From Poem to Hymn
“How Great Thou Art” was originally a poem written in Swedish. Afterwards, it was turned into music using the Swedish folk tune in 1888. In addition, “How Great Thou Art” has been translated into different languages all over the world (German, Russian, Spanish, English, and more). The English version was first translated by E. Gustav Johnson.
This inspiring hymn was recorded by various artists, such as Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Elvis Presley, Connie Smith, Carrie Underwood, and many more. It was the Statler Brothers’ version which entered the Billboard Hot Country chart at number thirty-nine. Elvis Presley’s version won him a Grammy Award for Best Sacred Performance.
Loretta Lynn’s Cover
Today, we are going to take a look at Loretta Lynn’s beautiful rendition of the song. Despite her version not being released as a single, it’s still one of the best versions of “How Great Thou Art.” Her rendition is pure perfection. The vocals, the instrumentation, everything is perfect.
Hymns was Lynn’s fifth studio album, and it included her rendition of
“How Great Thou Art.” Furthermore, the album was released in 1965 and contains twelve gospel songs. Aside from “How Great Thou Art,” she included other gospel songs such as “Peace in the Valley,” “In the Sweet By and By,” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Her album entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at number ten.