This song is one of my all time favorites. It’s SO old compared to all the new songs in the Contemporary Christian genre but it’s just timeless, in my opinion.
To fully appreciate it, I think you need to able to conceptualize the meaning of awesome.
It’s become an overused and common word. But think about the God that made the whole universe. The God that hears and still lives. The God that still moves and heals. The God that loved you and planned for you before the foundation of the World. He died for you when you were unworthy to restore you to the Father. He is here among us now. He is so completely infinite that He consumes everything but can also reside in our hearts. That is an awe-inspiring God.
I have a favorite memory of this song. When I was thirteen or fourteen years old, a thunderstorm knocked out the power to my rural church in the middle of an evening service. It had already been a powerful service and there was an impromptu gathering of the whole congregation at the altar. We ended up in a circle holding hands and praying. Then the lights went out. We sang a few more moving songs in the low glow of our emergency power lights before dismissing, but there was such a feeling of connectedness to the Spirit without brighter lights and speakers. On the way home, my younger brother spoke up in the car. He said, “I never knew what it meant to be an awesome God until tonight.”
My God is so awesome He can send thunderstorms to show a child of his sovereign grace and love.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.Psalm 33:6-9
There’s been several versions of this song recorded over the years. The original version with verses by Rich Mullins is linked below. Michael W. Smith is another popular artist who has recorded the song as a chorus several times. I’ve linked his most recent recording, featuring a drum line, which just shows how timeless it is.
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Thanks for sharing. At night when I want to divert my mind from thoughts or a dream, I sing to myself, “How Great Thou Art”…my school’s theme song. (Delaware Co. Christian School, Grades K thru 12.)
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That’s such a great one! It puts problems into perspective!