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How Great Thou Art

How great thou art

The hymn How Great Thou Art traveled a long road before it ended up a favorite edition to English hymnals. The original version was a poem written by a Swedish pastor, Reverend Carl Boberg in 1886, and entitled O Stor Gud. Boberg published the poem in his periodical Sanningsvittnet. Several years later he was surprised and delighted to hear his poem being sung by a church congregation, to the tune of an old Swedish folk melody.

Boberg’s poem was soon thereafter translated into German by Manfred von Glehn, who entitled it Wie gross bist Du. In 1925, an American Reverend E. Gustav Johnson translated the Swedish poem into an English version that is somewhat different than the one popular today. For instance, the first line of Johnson’s hymn reads Oh mighty God, when I behold the wonder..

In 1927, I.S. Prokanoff translated Glehn’s German version into Russian, to be enjoyed by that culture also. Throughout all of these translations, the original Swedish folk tune remained the same.

In 1933, English missionaries to the Ukraine, Reverend and Mrs. Stuart K. Hine heard the song for the first time, fell in love with it and sang it often throughout their missionary journeys. As they traveled the Carpathian Mountains, the couple was inspired by the incredible beauty to translate the first three verses of the song into English. When WWII broke out in 1939, the Hines returned to England carrying How Great Thou Art to its new home. After the war they wrote the fourth verse and arranged the original Swedish folk tune to be published in English hymnals.

In the 1950s, the song was copyrighted and widely published in America, becoming more and more popular. When George Beverly Shay and the Billy Graham gospel choir, directed by Cliff Barrows, began to sing the song at virtually every crusade event, How Great Thou Art soon became one of the most recognized songs around the world. It was also recorded by several popular artists, including Elvis Presley. A poll conducted by the Christian Herald magazine in 1974 named How Great Thou Art the most popular hymn in America.

Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
consider all the works
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
the universe displayed

Chorus :

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

And When I think, of 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
With humble adoration
And then proclaim My God
How great Thou art

Watch and listen “How Great Thou Art “Live concert from Royal Albert Hall, London



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Under His Wings

under his wings

I got an email from Kimiko my very best friend in Japan. She sent me a song lyric “Under His Wings”. She said: “My dear Karin, read and ponder this lyric carefully.” She sent me this morning because last night I called her and shared the problems that I had now.  Dear friends, when I heard this song and pondering I could not hold back my tears. I cried. I do not cry for my problems but I am crying because I am more realized that I have God in Heaven with His wings are always covered me in every step of my life.

This evening, I am longing to share this song to all of you.This song amazingly is able to strengthen us when we are weak. At the moment we are experiencing many trials and problems. Thank you so much for my best friend Kimiko who sending me this beautiful and encouraging song.

My way was filled with danger, I felt alone
The enemy had singled me out to do me wrong
And when he drew near, my heart filled with fear
Then I heard someone dear calling me to his side
And I ran under His wings, and there He covered Me
And now I can sing
The enemy still looks for me, but what he can’t see
Is that I’m under my Lords wings, under His wings

Thunder rolled, dark clouds hung low, I was out
In a storm, shivering in the coldness there, no safe
Retreat from harm, then there blew strong winds
Would this be my end, then I heard my friend calling
Me to His side, and I ran under his wings and there
He covered me and now I can sing
The storm still rages, but in the Rock of Ages I’m resting
Warmly, here under My Lords wings, under His wings

Night time came, the shadows fell, I could not
Find my way, the terrors of the night took hold
How I yearned for break of day, then he saw my plight
And out in the night He shined His light and called me to
His side, and I ran under His wings, and there he covered me
And now I can sing
And the night’s still there but why should I care, when
I’m made aware that I’m under my Lords wings
Under His wings, and there He covers me and now I
Can Sing,

Under His wings, Under His wings, who from His love
Can sever, Under His wings, my soul shall abide
Safely abide, forever, Amen.

Watch and listen The Sisters sing “Under His Wings”



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It is Well With My Soul

It is well with my soulYesterday evening I gave a comment to Sue Nash ’s Blog (one of my favorite and inspiration blog), I give a comment about one of my favorite hymns song called “It is Well With My Soul” composed by Horatio Gates Spafford (1828-1888) and Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876). I really like this song because I know the background of it very well. Here’s the short story behind it song.

Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures. His circle of friends included Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey and various other well-known Christians of the day.

At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.

In 1873, Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He also went to join Moody and Sankey on an evangelistic campaign in England. Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him while he remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family’s ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived.

With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words, When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul. Philip Bliss (1838-1876), composer of many songs including Hold the Fort, Let the Lower Lights be Burning, and Jesus Loves Even Me, was so impressed with Spafford’s life and the words of his hymn that he composed a beautiful piece of music to accompany the lyrics. The song was published by Bliss and Sankey, in 1876.

For more than a century, the tragic story of one man has given hope to countless thousands who have lifted their voices to sing; It Is Well With My Soul.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is Well with My Soul by “Together for the Gospel Live” from Sovereign Grace Music.


Story source: sharefaith.com

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His Eye Is on The Sparrow

spparowI Have so many favorite beautiful hymn song.  Today I would like to share one hymn song called “His Eye Is on His Sparrow” written by Charles H. Gabriel and Civilla D. Martin. There is a short story behind this song. Here’s…

“Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle, true saints of God.

Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them.

One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” was the outcome of that experience.”
The next day she mailed the poem to Charles Gabriel, who supplied the music.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”(Luke 12:7)

Watch and listen “His eye is on the sparrow” by Sandi Patty


God is The Greatest Conductor

The ConductorOn the last Saturday, My fiancé and I spend time to visiting the orchestra rehearsal that would perform on our wedding reception later. I am so surprised and excited to see the rehearsal process.  They play a hymn song “To God be the Glory” (Special request from meJ). I immediately drift in by the music that they play. They play with full of expression and looks very clear they really animates it song. Under the direction of the conductor, the orchestra delivered a beautiful sounds and melodies. I really feel the dynamic of it song. Up and down, softness and loudness, very nicely tempo changes, etc. They can bring the soul of the song very well.

There is something I imagine from that Orchestra. What would be happen if they play without a conductor? Oh! I really can’t imagine it! In the orchestra, a conductor plays an important role. Base on his full scores, He led and guided many musicians to play together so that they can play a beautiful music and the whole musicians submissive and comply with the conductor’s directions.

My mind drifted farther. I illustrate an orchestra like our lives and the conductor is our God. My friends, do you realize that in daily lives we have a greatest conductor? And we all are the musicians? Yes! God is our Conductor and He is the greatest conductor in the whole universe. He just not arranged but even He created us and our lives become a wonderful song. He gives us the dynamic of life. Sometimes He takes us into a difficult time, where there are a lot of sadness and tears. But in another time He gives us beautiful moments of life when we really feel His incredible blessing and His loving kindness and eventually our live become a wonderful music under His directions.

There is something interesting in an orchestra; each musician put a big trust on the conductor.  The musicians strongly believe that the conductor will lead and direct them so they together will provide a beautiful music. Furthermore, when they play their instruments, they read and follow the sheet music that has been provided and they should not be playing a melody in the outside of the sheet music. The whole musician will be obeying, follow the scores and every single order or instruction from the conductor.

So do with us, like an orchestra musicians, we should put a big trust in God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding”. (Proverb 3:5). We have to believe that God will lead and direct our lives. Not only that; we should to obey and follow His words and commands. Psalm said: “I run in the pat h of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.” (Psalm 119:32). And ultimately, like music, our lives will be end up beautifully when the time comes.

Well my dear friends, have we ever imagined if in this life we do not have someone to guide and give us a direction? As a Christian, we have to be grateful because we have Lord Jesus Christ and His words as a guide. Whether we believe in God as the conductor of our lives? We should! Let us always embed in our hearts and minds that we have a greatest conductor and He always led and guided our lives to become the most wonderful music of life. And as His child, we have to put a big trust in Him, obey and follow all of His words and commands. He is the greatest conductor of our life. Amen.



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