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If you were asked, “What is your favorite gospel song of praise?” and you answered, “How Great Thou Art,” you would be in agreement with millions of others around the world.
The life of this great hymn began in 1886 in southern Sweden, and it was known in several countries before it finally reached the shores of the United States.  Carl Boberg, who later became a member of the Swedish parliament and a successful editor, walked across the beautiful grounds of a costal estate and during his walk was caught in a thunderstorm.  He was in awe as he watched the sky go from gray to black and then to a beautiful blue.
Boberg put his response to this display of nature in the form of a poem he titled, “O Store Gud” (“O Great God”) – a song of adoration and praise.  It was later set to a Swedish folk tune.  In 1907 Manfred von Glehn translated it into German, and five years later a Russian pastor, Rev. Ivan Prokhanoff, translated it into the Russian language.
Some years later, English missionary Stuart Hine first heard the song in Russia.  He was born in 1899, in Hammersmith Grove, a small hamlet in England, and was dedicated to the Lord by his parents at a Salvation Army meeting.  He was led to Christ by Madame Annie Ryall on February 22, 1914, and was baptized shortly thereafter.  He was influenced greatly by the preaching of Charles H. Spurgeon.
In 1931 Hine and his young wife went as missionaries to the Carpathian area of Russia, then a part of Czechoslovakia.  There they heard a very meaningful hymn that happened to be a Russian translation of Carl Boberg’s Swedish song.
Once again it would be a thunderstorm, but this time in the travels of Stuart Hine, that would be used by God to suggest some English verses of the Russian translation.
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,
They power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!