With all of the chaos in the world today, it’s nice to slow down and appreciate all of the wonderful things God has brought into our lives. Fortunately, this little girl knows she’s blessed and doesn’t shy away from sharing her faith.
12-year-old Ansley Burns stands in an empty church and belts the words to “How Great Thou Art.” She may be young, but she has a voice that’s reminiscent of legends like Celine Dion and Cher.
There’s a reason why thousands have tuned in to watch Ansley sing this beautiful hymn in just a few days…
According to the All About God website, the inspiration behind the lyrics to “How Great Thou Art” came from God. Carl Gustaf Boberg, a Swedish pastor, editor, and member of parliament, was walking along the road when a severe storm started to swirl around him. But it was what happened after the storm that really stirred Boberg’s soul.
The site explained:
“Mr. Boberg was enjoying a nice walk when a thunderstorm suddenly appeared out of no where. A severe wind began to blow. After the storm was over, Mr. Boberg looked out over the clear bay. He then heard a church bell in the distance. And the words to ‘How Great Thou Art’ begin to form in his heart — O Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands hath made… There was such calmness after the fierce storm he could only utter those words of peace.
This poem, titled ‘O Store Gud (O Great God)’ was published in 1891 in Witness of the Truth, the weekly newspaper that Boberg edited. It was later translated in German. In 1927, it was published in a Russian version of the German text.
‘How Great Thou Art’ was translated by Stuart K. Hine, the English missionary to Ukraine. He found some version of the Russian text and sang it at an evangelistic meeting with his wife. He then translated the first three stanzas into English, which was sung at an evangelistic meeting in England during World War One.”
Nowadays, the song is a popular hymn around the world. People young (like Ansley) and old are inspired by the message of God’s love.
Ansley wasn’t ashamed by her faith. Instead, she sang each word to the hymn with every fiber of her being. She was proud of her love for God and the love He showed her on a daily basis.
With a voice like this and such a strong spirit, we know Ansley will go far in life! Hopefully, she keeps releasing music in the future. The preteen certainly has skill when it comes to singing!
Listen to Ansley’s impromptu rendition of “How Great Thou Art” in the video here. She’s an angel!