Yahweh, our Lord,
how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth! Ps. 8:1,9
God’s name is majestic because of;
When reading Psalm 8 one is taken on an illustrative journey, a journey that focuses attention on God’s greatness, His majesty and His splendor. It is with out a doubt a Psalm that conjures up the hymn and lyrics to “How Great Thou Art.”
The history of the hymn How Great Thou Art begins with Mr. Carl Gustaf Boberg (1859-1940). He was a Swedish pastor, editor, and member of the Swedish parliament. Mr. Boberg was enjoying a nice walk when a thunderstorm suddenly appeared out of no where. A severe wind began to blow. After the storm was over, Mr. Boberg looked out over the clear bay. He then heard a church bell in the distance. And the words to How Great Thou Art begin to form in his heart -- O Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands hath made. . . Can you imagine what Boberg felt as he formed these words? There was such calmness after the fierce storm he could only utter those words of peace.
Does you heart soar into worship when you see a sunset, mountain range, or a mighty wave in the ocean (Psalm 8:1-2)? Does His unnecessary love for you launch you into worship (Psalm 8:3-4)? Does the grace of God in Christ move you into worship? Are you amazed that Jesus took on the cross all the suffering that you deserve (Psalm 8:5-8)? Do you with full awareness of His majesty truly mean it when you sing “How Great Thou Art?”