Originally written as a poem by Carl Gustav Broberg, a Swedish Baptist in the midst of persecution. Broberg was inspired while admiring the “awesome wonder” of the Lord’s handiwork observing a storm and its dissipation. The lyrics were translated into German and then Russian, when it became a hymn. English missionary to Russia Stuart K. Hine translated the song into his native tongue and added two verses to create the popular version.
The hymn is one of the most recorded songs in history, with over seventeen hundred documented recordings. The hymn has been featured by many popular artists. Elvis Presley posthumously received six Grammy’s; however, he won four Grammy’s during his lifetime. Half of them are for this song and the album “How Great Thou Art.” George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows sang the song during the Billy Graham crusades. Recently, Pentatonix, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood (in a duet with Vince Gill, seen below) have all recorded successful versions of the song that largely glorifies God.
Praise Hymn Fashions invites you to watch Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill sing the song and consider the greatness of God.