"How Great Thou Art" is an old hymn familiar to us all. In the fifties Billy Graham used it in all his services across the world. This made it the number one popular hymn.
When I was a child my uncles played this hymn on their banjos and guitars and sang it with their country twang. Even when only five years old my heart grew larger for the Lord when I heard those words and that melody.
As I grew into a teenager, I anticipated the glory I would feel as mom’s brothers and sisters would pick and sing an improvisation of this tune. Last Sunday, this hymn took on new meaning and significance. Our minister, Matt Carder, began a series on the hymns and started with this one. At the close of the service we sang this song and worshipped God.
Suddenly, I was lifted into a surreal place and was watching my last sixty years of listening to “How Great Thou Are. The Spirit showed me how my Uncle Mason played this song, and it permeated his heart and soul. Mason was not a believer, but he strummed this hymn so frequently that it became part of his theology. Uncle Mason died an early death of cancer. I remember my mom saying how he hummed the hymn through his radiation and chemo treatments.
Each of Mama’s nine brothers and sisters were a part of our Sunday night singing and picking sessions. Each of them were shown to me in a vision last Sunday. This song is what brought them to faith. Even though, their chosen paths were somewhat wayward, they eventually came to know Christ. This old hymn was the significant pull to their hearts.
In this vision, the Spirit showed me how when we sang this song, the women who were with child would also benefit. The music filtered into the uterus and prepared the child’s spirit to become a believer. My aunts would sing loud and cry hard when these lyrics were sung. As a child, I knew we were in a different realm of music, but now I know we were in a pure state of worship. Perhaps I was one of the infants in uterine that absorbed those words into my soul.
The vision continued and I saw each of Mama’s siblings and offspring touched by this song. Although long and rocky paths, each sibling and their offspring came to know God in a very real way and became believers because of the power of this song.
The Spirit showed me there was one verse that had not been shared on earth. When we gathered in heaven, we would sing that final verse together. It will be a final dripping from our hearts of our theme song. These memories and vision assured me God is our Creator and musician.