23rd June 2021

There is none like thee

O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth… 
Psalm 8:1 (NKJV)

Psalm 8 begins and ends with these same words.

It is a psalm of David and a psalm of praise. Men and women have been writing psalms of praise for over 3000 years since David. For example, in 1848 the hymn writer Frederick William Faber wrote the following wonderful poetic words of a hymn of praise:

My God, how wonderful Thou art, Thy majesty how bright, How beautiful Thy mercy seat, In depths of burning light! How wonderful, how beautiful, the sight of Thee must be, Thine endless wisdom, boundless power, And awesome purity!

The hymn voted the United Kingdom’s favourite hymn by BBC’s Songs of Praise is How Great Thou Art. It is based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Boberg (1859–1940) in Mönsterås, Sweden in 1885. It was translated into German and then into Russian. It was then translated into English from the Russian by English missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses of his own. The words of this hymn include:

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the Universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God to Thee. How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
One version of the last two lines of the chorus is as follows:
In all the world there is no one like Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

These words are taken from a number of passages in the Bible: 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Chronicles 17:20 and Jeremiah 10:6. They tell us that there is no one like God. He is unique. As the hymn proclaims, surely we should all worship our great creator and proclaim ‘How great Thou art!’

Heavenly Father, when we consider your wonderful creation we realise that you are great, and there is no one like you. We also realise that our understanding is limited, help us through your Spirit to understand more deeply how great you are, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study by Peter Sheppard


About the writer: 
Peter Sheppard attends the Edinburgh congregation of Grace Communion International, where he serves on the Pastoral Council. He is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Church Board of Trustees in the UK and Ireland.

Local congregation:
GCI Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00 am

Local congregational contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church 

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