Hymn Stories: “How Great Thou Art”

Many of our great hymns of the faith have heart-warming histories. Born out of the daily struggle, toil, and victory of saints gone before us, they ring through the ages. Hymns give us light, truth, and hope. Here is the story behind the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

One August day in 1859, a son was born in the tiny village of Mönsterås, Sweden. His name was Carl Gustav Boberg. He grew up in relative anonymity, the son of a carpenter. However, young Carl demonstrated a remarkable talent for public speaking. After a brief stint as a sailor, Carl became a lay minister in the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden. In addition to his ministry, he edited the town’s only newspaper, the Mönsterås News. Serving in an obscure Swedish village, I am sure Carl never dreamed that his writing would touch hearts across the globe.

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