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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

How Great Is Our God - The Splendour Of The king / How Great Is Our God By Chris Tomlin

How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin is one of the most popular worship songs to be sung in churches in recent history. It's been the number 1 song to be sung in the United States since April 1st 2006 according to CCLI and even before then it was in position 2 (below Here I Am To Worship) for a while.

How Great Is Our God was released by Chris Tomlin on 21st September 2004 and has won multiple awards. The song won "Song of the Year" and "Worship Song of the Year" at the 2006 GMA Dove awards, and "Worship Song of the Year" again at the 2008 GMA Dove awards. (It even has its own entry on Wikipedia!)



So what has made How Great Is Our God (The Splendour of The King) so popular? Let's take a look at the lyrics:


The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God


[As a side note, i'm not sure why but the first line is often mis-spelt as: "The splendour of a king" rather than "The Splendour of The King"!]

I love this song and think it will be one of those that stands the test of time - i.e. I think it will be like some of the hymns we still sing that were written many years ago. Chris Tomlin has managed to come up with another simple yet powerful song and has crafted lyrics that are almost straight out of scripture. That's always going to be a good combination and helps the song span denominational boundaries as well as generational differences.

If you're looking for the chords to this Chris Tomlin song you can get them here. How Great Is Our God is often played in the key of G or A but experiment and see which key you prefer. If you want free sheet music for the song I think you'll struggle to find it on the internet as I couldn't see it anywhere. You can however buy the sheet music from PraiseCharts.com here.

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