“How Great Thou Art” Composer Knew the Power of His Creation – Winchester Sun
By EugÃ¨ne Morton
Oh Lord my God, when I am in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds your hands have created; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Your power throughout the universe unfurled.
The original composer of this great hymn, Carl Boberg, a Swedish preacher was inspired to write these lyrics after being caught in a severe midday thunderstorm. After this experience, he fell to his knees in humble worship of his mighty God and worshiped him for his tender mercies of deliverance. This man was well aware of the awesome power of his Creator.
The first stanza of this well-known hymn sums up in a tiny way the beginning of God’s creation found in the first three chapters of Genesis. Here we see God the Father (verse 1), God the Holy Spirit moved over the face of the waters (verse 2) and in the Gospel of John (John 1: 1-3) we find God the Son Jesus Christ as the third person of the Trinity in creation. Colossians 2:12 teaches us that in Him (Jesus Christ) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
When you step into the dark night and gaze at the bright stars as if they were painted on a black canvas, you can’t help but praise God for His creativity. And God speaking through the author of Psalms 8: 3 says that the sun, moon and stars are just the work of my fingers, as if he had done it without half trying.
When we think of the myriad stars, the vast distances in the universe, the power that maintains our planetary system with exact precision, it is truly puzzling. For example, the earth in its revolution around the sun is moving at 67,000 miles per hour while rotating at 1,000 mph, and there is no possibility of anything going wrong as the words of Colossians 1:17 denote that the Lord Jesus keeps everything in perfect order.
And our God is so meticulous and caring that he counts the billions of stars that he has created and each has a name as stated in Psalm 147: 4.
Have you ever stood on a beach facing the vastness of the ocean or sea and wondered why all that water isn’t just flooding the ground you’re standing on? Well, Proverbs 8:29 reveals that God commanded the waters not to leave their places designated by his decree. And the Lord also says in Job 38: 8 “I put gates around the seas lest they come ashore and cover the earth”.
Oh, storms sometimes break out and take over the earth, but God says I’m still in control of the weather. Lest we forget, he says in Psalm 107: 23-29 that he is the one who raises stormy wind and waves, hurricanes and all-weather related phenomena and then tells them when to calm down.
Jesus revealed his control of nature to his disciples in Matthew 8: 23-27 when a severe storm arose over the Sea of ââGalilee as they were crossing. The terrified disciples cried out for a sleeping Savior to wake up and help them. Jesus rebuked the storm, and the fierce wind and waves immediately ceased. They were more afraid of Jesus when they saw his power. What kind of man did they wonder with dread? They still did not know that the Creator and provider of the universe was getting on the boat with them. The Bible teaches that the Lord controls all aspects of time, not that glory man-made to steal “Mother Nature.”
And then there is man, the master creation of God made in his own image. As God’s representative on earth in Genesis 126, man received rule over the earth as well as all living creatures of air, water, and earth. But man lost his sovereign vessel to Satan in the Garden of Eden. Even Jesus in John 14:30 referred to Satan as the Prince or Ruler of this world which Adam confiscated from him.
Now that the ruling ship is no longer in human hands, dogs bark at us, snakes bite us, and other animals attack us on land and at sea. And the author in Hebrews 2: 6-9 reminds us of the fact that humanity has lost this authority that God gave us.
Although Adam lost his unconditional authority over creation, God’s original purpose still stands. He decreed that man must yet regain and have his dominion over the earth because man’s failures never thwart God’s plans.
Revelation 5:10 and 20: 6 proclaims that those who follow Christ will be kings and priests and will rule and reign with Him for a thousand years for the millennium on earth. Thus, man will fulfill his original destiny.
The Lord Jesus created such a majestic future for all to enjoy eternally with Him. This is why He says in Revelation 3:20 âBehold, I stand at the door (of our hearts) and knock. If someone opens the door, I will enter and I will commune with him and you will be with me â. What a heavenly invitation !!!