“How Great Thou Art” is a beautiful hymn that Christians have enjoyed for many years. The original Swedish version was written in 1885 by Carl Boberg, and Stuart K. Hine translated the English version in 1949. 

The hymn is based on Psalm 86:8-10, which speaks of God’s wonder and majesty. George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows popularized the hymn during the Billy Graham crusades. It has since become a cherished staple of Christian music.

Each time we sing “How Great Thou Art,” we are reminded of the greatness of our God and the blessings He has bestowed upon us. As we reflect on His goodness, we are filled with hope and gratitude for all He has done for us.

Verses about God’s Greatness

1. Psalm 86:8-10

“There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like thine. All the nations thou hast made shall come and bow down before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great and doest wondrous things, thou alone art God.”

These verses make it very clear that no one is like our God.  He has done great and wonderful things; we are blessed to know Him. He is the creator of all things and deserves our praise and worship.

To show gratitude for all He has done, we must pray that more and more people will come to know Him. We can also share His love with others by being kind, patient, and loving. In doing so, we are helping to lead them into a relationship with the one true God.

2. Psalm 19:1-14 ESV

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

These verses give us a glimpse of the glory and majesty of God. He is the one who created the heavens and the earth, and His handiwork is on display for all to see. His Word is perfect and has the power to revive our souls. It is also true, righteous, and more desirable than anything else. We should desire to please God with our words and actions, and He will reward us for our obedience.

3. John 3:16-19 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order for the world to be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”

These verses remind us that even though sin separates us from God, He will always love us. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save us from our sins. If we believe in Him, we will have eternal life. 

However, if we do not believe, we are already condemned because we have not put our faith in God’s only Son. We must remember that God is light, and He desires us to come into the light so that our works may be revealed and we can be saved.

4. 1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.”

This verse makes it clear that God cannot be enslaved by anything, which means He is truly great. It also means that we should not be enslaved by anything, including our desires and passions. We should instead let the Holy Spirit lead us all into truth.

When we face many challenges, we must remember how great God is. Through Him and because of Him, we are more than conquerors. God’s greatness will always prevail no matter what comes our way.

God’s Power and Authority

Power and authority are two important aspects of who God is. Throughout the Bible, we see multiple examples of God’s power on display. He has the power to create everything, as we see in Genesis. He also has the power to perform miracles, like when he saved the Israelites from destruction or when he healed the sick. Not only does God have the power to do all these things, but he also has the authority to deem them worthy.

In other words, God decides what is good and what isn’t. We see this example in Genesis when God inspects each of His creations and declares them good before moving on to the next. This shows us that God is not only powerful but also authoritative. He is in control of everything; we can trust that God has our best interests at heart.

God can deem us worthy or unworthy, and His decision is final. We can have confidence in God’s power and authority, knowing He will make things right. This power will be displayed in the Final Judgment when God judges the living and the dead. This judgment is necessary to do away with anything that could bear sin in the new Heaven and Earth promised to us. The wicked will receive eternal damnation, while the righteous will receive eternal life in Heaven.

God’s Love and Mercy

Scripture is clear that God is a God of love. In 1 John 4:8, we are told that “God is love.” This means that His very nature is one of love. And His love for us is demonstrated in many ways. The most dramatic demonstration of His love was sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16).

By doing so, Jesus made it possible for us to have eternal life. But this was not the only way Jesus showed us His love. He also willingly chose to live His life according to God’s will – even though He knew that this would lead to emotional and physical anguish. In other words, Jesus put our needs above His own. As Christians, we are called to emulate this selfless love in our own lives. Just as importantly, we are also called to remember that God is a God of mercy and love.

In 2 Timothy 2:13, we are reminded that even if we lose faith in Him, God will continue to have faith in us. And in Psalm 51:1-2, we are told that if we repent and confess our sins, God will show us mercy. So no matter how far we may stray from Him, God is always ready and willing to welcome us back with open arms.

As Christians, we must keep our hearts soft to feel God’s love and mercy. However, we must repent in earnest to receive His mercy. If we sin without remorse, we harden our hearts, making it more difficult for God to reach us.

Ways to Praise God for His Greatness

1. Surrendering to God’s will

It is innate in us to want to understand the things that happen in our lives. We want to know why things happen the way they do and how we can prevent some of them from happening. And that’s okay. However, the truth is that we will only sometimes understand everything that happens.

Let’s learn to humble ourselves and submit to God’s will. By doing this, we honor Him as the Master Planner of the universe existing outside of time and space. 

2. Praying to God

Saying a little prayer like the Lord’s Prayer lets God know that we acknowledge His power and authority over us. The Lord’s Prayer is a model prayer that shows how we can submit to God’s will. In its opening address, we humble ourselves and glorify God’s name above all. And after praying for the things we need, we ask for His forgiveness and mercy. 

3. Studying God’s word

One way to praise God’s greatness is to study and live by His Word. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we read that Scripture is “God-breathed” and helpful in teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. This means that when we read and apply Scripture to our lives, we are equipping ourselves to serve God in every good work.

But living by God’s Word is not always easy. Sometimes we doubt what God has said or lose our way and stray from His path. That is why it is so important to have a source of wisdom and discipline that we can turn to in those moments. And there is no better source than the teachings of Jesus Christ.

In John 14:6, Jesus simply tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life. By following His teachings, we can live lives that honor God through acts of mercy and love. So let us study Scripture and live according to its truths. In doing so, we will honor God in all that we do.

4. Showing kindness, justice, and humility toward others

In Micah 6:8, the Almighty Father requires three things of us – to do justly, to love mercy, and to live humbly with Him. We honor God’s greatness and spread His love by doing these things. Let’s strive to impact good change even when times are tough, and we are treated poorly. God sees our faith and deed, and He will bless us according to His will. 

What Happens When We Praise God Sincerely?

Praising God should come naturally to us since He is the source of all good things. When we sincerely praise God, something happens in the spiritual realm. When we praise God, we acknowledge Him for who He is and what He has done. It is an act of worship that pleases Him. Furthermore, our sincere praise can result in God’s blessing and protection.

If we can praise our favorite movie stars, singers, and athletes who are imperfect human beings, how much more should we praise the perfect God who deserves all our praise? However, we must remember that the praise we give to God should not be the same as the praise we shower on celebrities. Our praise to God should be based on who He is and what He has done, not on our personal preferences or how we feel at the moment.

We can tell someone is genuinely praising God if their praise is consistent. It should not be just a phase or something they do when they feel like it. This shows that they have a sincere heart and understand who God is.

Another way to tell if someone is sincerely praising God is by looking at their lifestyle. If they live in a way that pleases God, they understand His character and are trying to honor Him with their lives.

It is not always easy to praise God sincerely, but it is worth it. When we do it, we glorify God and show Him our love and appreciation. It is an act of worship that will bless us in many ways.

For example, constantly praising God will:

  • Help us to develop a closer relationship with Him
  • Strengthen our faith
  • Give us a positive outlook on life
  • Fill us with joy
  • Bring peace into our lives

These are all underrated blessings that will help us live more happily in this world. Unfortunately, a lot of people equate blessings only with material things. While this is a rational thought, we should remember that the Bible tells us that our true treasures are in heaven. This is evidenced in Matthew 6:19-23:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Our relationship with God should be our top priority, and everything else should come after that. If we keep this in mind, we will not only be blessed materially, but we will also have the peace of knowing that we are living according to His will. The greatest reward we can get is having the assurance that we will be able to live with Him eternally once this life is over.

What Will Happen to People Who Do Not Recognize God’s Power and Authority?

Unfortunately, many people do not recognize God’s power and authority. Some people think they can live however they want and will not be affected by God. Others may believe in God but do not think He is all-powerful. They may believe that He is a good God, but one who is not interested in the details of our lives.

What does the Bible say will happen to these people? In Romans 1:18-20, the Bible says:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

These verses tell us that everyone knows there is a God because He has made Himself evident through His creation. Even people who have never heard of Jesus Christ can look at the world around them and know that there is a God who created it all.

These verses also make it evident that because people have suppressed this knowledge of God, they are without excuse. In other words, they will be held accountable for their actions. They will face the wrath of God because they have not recognized His power and authority.

So what does this mean for us? It means we must be diligent in sharing the gospel with those around us. We must tell them about the One who created them and loves them enough to die for them. We must tell them about the One who offers forgiveness and eternal life. Our role is easy: we just have to spread the word about God’s power and authority and remind people that everything we have is owed to Him.

Bottom Line

God’s greatness is seen in His creation, power, and mercy. The hymn “How Great Thou Art” reminds us how awesome God is and how worthy He is of our praise. Thus, we must do everything we can to show God that we are beyond grateful for everything He has done for us. Whether through songs of worship, helping others, or simply living our lives for Him, we must always strive to give God the glory that He deserves.

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