Last week we finished our service by singing “How Great Thou Art”. I wonder if you’ve ever wondered what inspired it?
It was written by an English Missionary Stuart K. Hine. Hine was an English missionary to Poland in the 1920s. During his time there, he heard a Russian version of a Swedish poem put to a Swedish melody. Later, Hine made his own arrangement of the Swedish melody and added English words, creating the hymn we sing today.
The first three verses were written based on experiences Hine had in the Carpathian Mountains. After climbing to a village in the mountains, he heard the thunder echoing through the mountains and wrote the first verse. Pushing on, he crossed the mountain frontier into Romania and then into Bukovina. As he wandered through the woods and forest glades, listening to the birds singing in the trees, he was inspired to write the second verse. Throughout his journey, Hine preached the Gospel. The third verse was inspired through the conversion of the people who lived in the Carpathian Mountains.
Like the Psalms, […]