How Great Thou Art Trumpet

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How Great Thou Art
Alternative Title: O Mighty God, When I Behold the Wonder
Swedish Folk Melody
Text by Stuart K. Hine
Eddie Lewis on Trumpet

I Can’t Stop!

Howdee everyone!

So, I announced a few weeks ago that I was going to stop doing these hymn first fruits. And I did. And it seems like that’s when my work life went into a tailspin. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I’m not doing any work or that nothing is getting done. But when you live in the miraculous for several years, and then it stops, then you’re not going to like it.

So, ha ha!!! I’m going to go back to offering the hymns as a first fruit offering, just like I have been for the past few years.

The reason I stopped is because I had enough songs for a third hymn album. That hasn’t changed. We still haven’t published that album yet, but we will, soon. We will let you know about it when it’s finally released. We’re not in a hurry with this one because it is more of what we have already published.

The point is, these hymns had become something of an anchor in my work life. So I’ve decided to continue publishing the videos. I just won’t be doing anymore Unadorned Trumpet Hymn Albums. We will have four of them when the next one is released, and that’s enough.

We will do a Trumpet Hymn Duet album when we have enough of those. That is NOT the same project as this one. That will be an album of the hymn duets I’ve been publishing that have been so popular.

How Great Thou Art

Since we won’t be publishing these new hymns on albums, we can begin recording hymns that are still copyrighted. We were only doing public domain hymns before.

According to several sources, How Great Thou Art is the most popular hymn. It’s even more popular than Amazing Grace, which is extremely popular because it also has some secular appeal. When you read the lyrics of the hymn, it’s not difficult to understand why it has become so much more popular than all the others. It has the same kind of powerful imagery America the Beautiful. It’s the kind of hymn that all Christian denominations can relate to.

But let’s not be distracted by the verbal imagery painted of God’s beautiful creation. The most important part of the hymn is in the end of the third verse:

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.

How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine

This very same Creator of all that we see as beautiful and good is the very same Creator who sent His Son to pay the price to ransom our lives from the pit of destruction (my most flowery rhetoric EVER!). God the Creator (Elohim) sent His son, Jesus (Yeshua) to be our savior.

The Central tenet of our faith as Christians is Christ’s offer of salvation through His own sacrifice. Christian denominations may bicker about some details and traditions, but without this tenet, they are not genuinely Christian.

How Great Thou Art - Second Verse - When thro the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When thro’ the woods and forest glades I wonder
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,

How Great Thou Art Lyrics

Here are the lyrics for How Great Thou Art:

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:

Refrain:
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!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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 there proclaim, My God, how great thou art!

How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine

2 Responses

  1. Steve Walker

    Thank you for continuing with this. I came across your you tube channel while searching for trumpet hymns. I truly enjoy you doing these without background music. Being 67 and not a very good trumpet player I still play hymns almost every day on my trumpet or flugelhorn.
    Again thank you for sharing your First Fruits.

    Steve

    • Eddie Lewis

      Thank you Mr. Walker. I appreciate hearing from you on this. God bless you!

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