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Alan Jackson Delivers Powerful 'How Great Thou Art' Live Performance Lyric Video - More Music

Check out this wonderful live performance of the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ from country singer Alan Jackson. What beautiful worship!

“Oh 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, 

Thy power throughout the universe displayed”

This is such a great rendition of this classic hymn, and many people online shared their thoughts about Alan Jackson’s performance.

“Fantastic job, Mr Jackson. It's really nice to see a man who has reached heights in country music and is still humble enough to sing for the Lord. Just awesome,” writes one person on YouTube after watching the video.

“An old Gaither classic! Don't hear too many country music artists sing like this!” comments another person online.

As for the background of ‘How Great Thou Art,’ the hymn started in Sweden in 1886, and it is fascinating to hear how the song made its way to the United States. Author and editor Carl Boberg originally wrote ‘How Great Thou Art’ as a poem. Later, those words were set to a Swedish folk tune. Then, in 1907, Manfred von Glehn translated it into German, and five years later, a Russian pastor, Ivan Prokhanoff, made a Russian adaptation.

Then, in the early 1920s, Rev. and Mrs. Stuart Hine left their home in England and went to Poland as missionaries. That’s when they heard the Russian adaptation of ‘How Great Thou Art.’ Reverend Hine decided to write the English lyrics and make his own arrangement of the Swedish melody. After going through many iterations, we have the beloved ‘How Great Thou Art’ hymn that we know today. 

We hope you enjoyed listening to this beautiful rendition of ‘How Great Thou Art’ from Alan Jackson today!