How Great Thou Art!

Quotes & Testimonies

How Great Thou Art! has come to be one of the best-known and best loved hymns in the world. It has enriched and inspired the lives and faith of countless people from every imaginable background. It is a truly classic hymn, giving powerful expression to some of the central truths and hopes of the Christian faith.

Here are some stories describing how How Great Thou Art! has affected people. If you'd like to add your story, please submit it to us here.

    Whilst my wife Bridget and I were on holiday in Canada we visited Lake Louise in the Rockies.  We sat by the lake looking across to the fabulous view on the far side.  Whilst looking at the view a Korean lady and her husband were sitting on the next seat.  She started humming ‘How Great Thou Art’ and we very quietly joined in.  The lady just looked at us and smiled and said “Christian”, to which we smiled back.  We knew no Korean and she knew almost no English but we knew we were friends because of our mutual love of Christ.

    John Levick

    My mum, who is now 89, tells the story that when she and my dad, Bill and Olive Page, were married on the 26th July 1952, Stuart Hine played the organ at their wedding in a little Brethren church called Loughborough Hall in Camberwell, South London. How Great Thou Art! was one of their wedding hymns and it was sung by my dad's sister Joyce. Joyce was also involved with helping Stuart run his “StickyBun Club” for young people at the church. Sonia, Stuart's daughter, remembers this occasion and says: “Joyce had a beautiful singing voice”.

    Marion Coleman

    The reason I liked How Great Thou Art! was because it glorified God: it turned a Christian's eyes toward God rather than upon himself, as so many songs do... it is such a God honouring song.

    Billy Graham, Evangelist

    One of my favourite Gospel songs.

    Elvis Presley

    My personal all-time favorite has to be How Great Thou Art! This wonderful work is passionate and stirring. It is great fun to sing and I always find myself humming it for days after I have performed it. I can honestly say when I stand on stage that I am singing How Great Thou Art! to God. It is my way of saying "thank you" to Him for giving me what I have and even to thank Him for giving me the gift of being able to sing at all.

    Aled Jones, Singer & Presenter of “Songs of Praise”

    For celebrating the sheer glory of God there can be no greater hymn than How Great Thou Art! It is the kind of hymn which cries out to be sung on mountain tops when the glory of creation lies all around. I loved it from the moment I first heard it.

    Ann Widdecombe, retired British politician and novelist