“How Great Thou Art”
“How Great Thou Art” is one of the popular hymns written in 1885. Carl Boberg, a Swedish man, composed the hymn. There were different versions of how Boberg was inspired to write the song. But the most common event was when a thunderstorm arrived, then it suddenly went away quickly. Boberg went home and opened the window, and he heard the church bells ringing. The song was first written in Swedish then it was eventually translated to German, Russian, and English. Soon after, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese versions followed.
Meaning of the Song
The English version was first translated in 1925 by E. Gustav Johnson. “How Great Thou Art” is a song about praising God for all the love He has shown us. At the beginning of the song, the narrator focused on being thankful to God for every good and beautiful thing he sees. As he goes on, he remembers Jesus as He sacrificed His life to set us free from our sins. The narrator then proceeds to say that he believes, one day, Jesus will be back and He will take us home with Him. Just like the narrator, we must humble ourselves upon the Lord.
“Then I shall bow with humble adoration
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art.”
Other Artists’ Version
Many artists from different genres recorded a version of this hymn. In country music, it is common for an artist in this genre to sing hymns and incorporate God into their music. Thus, plenty of country artists also covered “How Great Thou Art.” Here are some country artists who made a version of this song.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford
- Alan Jackson
- Dolly Parton
- Martina McBride
- Elvis Presley
- Roy Rogers
- Carrie Underwood
- Connie Smith
The Statler Brothers’ Version
In 1969, The Statler Brothers released an album with the name How Great Thou Art. In this album, they covered traditional gospel songs. One of the songs on their album is the hymn “How Great Thou Art.” Their version of this song was able to reach a spot on the Billboard chart. The Statler Brothers’ version placed at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.