How Great Thou Art

Maybe one of the most well known hymns of the Church is “How Great Thou Art.” Many find encouragement in its words and comfort in the soothing music that the hymn is set to. What I want to look at today is the power within the words of this great hymn.

“O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

“And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing; Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.

“When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

These three verses truly encompass the feeling of the power and majesty of God. It opens speaking of the same power that Job was reminded when God asked him if he was there when the world was created. This power and glory can be seen just by looking out your window and taking in the beauty of the mountains, or when sitting at the coast looking over the waters. No matter your view, it is the true beauty of Creation.

The next stanza speaks to the power of the blood, reflecting on what took place at Calvary. How many of us could give up a child to save the lives of others, and your only son at that? God gave His only son, that His blood could cleanse us from our sins. Not only a son that was given, but a Son who freely gave of Himself.

We also see power in His return, with a shout of joy, and the power of blended knee. Scripture tells us that every knee will bow, whether believer or not, when Christ returns. This means that everyone knows, but not everyone will be taken home on that day because sadly, for many, that will be what it takes to change their mind.

Each stanza wraps with a chorus that each of us as Christians can rest in, seeing what the power of God can do in our hearts when true worship is realized:

“Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art. Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!”

Our soul lets forth a song, exclaiming to God, how great and amazing He is! Wow. The power of God, if fully realized by man, sparks a desire to sing praise and exclaim His power and grace in our lives.

I encourage you today to take this to heart and find it in your heart to realize the awesome power of God before it is too late! He sent His son and washed away your sins because of His love for us, truly leaving our hearts nothing more to say than, “My God, how great You are!”

Jesus Loves Me

I began thinking recently of a new series of hymns I would like to really dive into and see where they could take us in our walk as a Christian. I don’t mean that we will look at them and listen, unless you would just like to, but I mean really exploring the meaning behind the words and the struggle we face daily to live out the life we are called to.

The first I would like to look at is a hymn that is in countless hymnals and in the heart and mind of many today, only I feel that we do the song an injustice because it has become more of a children’s song and we have lost sight of the lyrics. That hymn is “Jesus Loves Me,” with just some of following lyrics:

“Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.

“Jesus loves me, He who died; heaven’s gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin and let His little child come in.

“Jesus loves me, He will stay; close beside me all the way. He’s prepared a place for me and some day, His face I’ll see.”

These are just a few of the lines that make up the numerous stanzas of the simple hymn with such big meaning. The song is a lyrical embracing of the central verses to our Christian faith, John 3:16-17:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16, 17 ESV)

Jesus loves us and he came to give us eternal life and give us hope in a world that offers none. Take the time to really think of these words. In fact, I would encourage you search for the lyrics to the hymn and really think about the meaning behind it. Another scripture to help you in this study can be found in 1 John 4:7-12:

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:7-12 ESV)

Reflect on the love of God today, sing about the love of Christ, and remember how this love is the basis for our Christian belief.

A Christian’s Responsibility

As Christians we have responsibility that is given by God in our government. Before you judge this too quickly, let me say that in no way is this a political statement and in no way am I here to tell anyone who to vote for or how to vote on specific issues.

What I would like to do is explore where we should stand as Christians today. We are to take a stand morally, especially when it comes to issues that can effect an entire generation. I hope to shed scriptural light on what we as Christians should stand for and how we can influence a generation in need of Christian example.

1 Peter 2:11-17 gives us instruction on this matter. It states:

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:11-17 ESV)”

In essence, Peter’s instruction to us is to be in the world but not of the world. We are instructed to be careful of how we carry ourselves and not to rebel against the government nut to set examples. We are not to stir up discourse in the world. We are also instructed not to use our freedom as tools for evil. We must be servants of God and with that we must be servants to others.

We are called to honor each other and to love one another. We are also called to fear God and honor the government. We should take a moral stand, and as Christians in America we have responsibility to vote and to be involved in the government through that. We can vote and give our say in who is elected as the leaders in out community and country. We can vote based on our morals, morals that are founded upon scripture, and make a difference in our nation.

In saying this, I encourage you to register to vote. I encourage you to take your stand on our morals today. Let your voice be heard today and encourage others to do the same We must all take a stand together on the moral grounds that we know from the Word of God. Through this we can set an example for a generation that is turning away and seeking satisfaction in worldly desires.

Please consider today the stand that you can take and seek knowledge in voting morally as a Christian. Let your voice be heard and stand firm on the Godly foundation that you have been given.