Psalm 8

8A: LORD, Our Lord, Your Glorious Name

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, LUBECK/GOTT SEI DANK

Organ:

  • Peeters, Flor. Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year. vol. 8 Peters 6408 [1966]
  • Rotermund, Donald. Seven Hymn Preludes. Set 3 Concordia 97-6243 [1993]

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Proulx, Richard. Hymn Intonations Preludes & Free Harmonizations. Vol. VI Selah 160-726 [1992]
  • Rawsthorne, Noel. More Last Verses. Kevin Mayhew [1996]
  • Thiman, Eric. Varied Accompaniments to Thirty-Four Well-Known Hymn Tunes. Oxford ISBN 0 19 323210 3 [1937]

Copyright Information: 

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, alt., P.D.
  • Music (GOTT SEI DANK DURCH ALLE WELT 7.7.7.7): J. Freylinghausen’s Gesangbuch, 1704, P.D.
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    • Words and Music: The Words and Music are in Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint this song.

8B: LORD, Our Lord, Your Glorious Name

Performance Notes:

Text Information:

Praise of the heavenly Creator's high majesty and of the dignity and authority God has bestowed on humanity.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = v. 1
st. 2 = v. 2
st. 3 = vv. 3-4
st. 4= vv. 4-5
st. 5 = vv. 6-8
ref. = vv. 1, 9

God's glory displayed in the heavens inspires the psalmist and us to proclaim the greatness of Cod's name (st. 1, refrain). So great is the LORD's name and glory "in all the earth" that praise from even the weakest members of society, infants and children, will silence God's enemies (st. 2). The starry heaven's majesty shows what puny creatures human beings are (st. 3), and yet the One who fashioned the moon and stars has also crowned humans with almost godlike glory and honor (st. 4), appointing them to authority over all creation (st. 5)-this thought evokes in the poet a wonder that refuses to be silent. New Testament writers see these divine appointments for humanity fully realized only in Jesus Christ (Heb. 2:5-9). The Psalter Hymnal versification is from the 1912 Psalter.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship; anticipation of Christ's final victory and the reign of his people with him in the new heaven and earth.

Tune Information:

William Fiske Sherwin (b. Buckland, MA, 1826; d. Boston, MA, 1888) composed EVENING PRAISE (also called CHAUTAUQUA) in 1877 as the tune to Mary A. Lathbury's text "Day Is Dying in the West." The text and tune were included in the hymnal (1878), and the song was sung at vespers at the Lake Chautauqua assembly in New York for more than one hundred years.

Although he lacked much formal education, Sherwin's interest in music prompted him to attend singing schools and to study with Lowell Mason and George Webb. He became the music director at Pearl Street Baptist Church in Albany and a teacher at the Albany Female Seminary. Later he taught voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1874 Methodist Bishop John H. Vincent, founder of the Chautauqua Assembly in New York State, asked Sherwin to organize and direct the Assembly's choruses. Sherwin retained that position until his death. He wrote few hymn texts but many hymn tunes and contributed to song collections such as Robert Lowry's Bright Jewels (1869) and Silas Vail's Songs of Grace and Glory (1874).

EVENING PRAISE neatly reserves its melodic climax for the final phrase of the refrain. Perform this psalm at a good tempo, with two beats per measure. Try the following for a beautiful rendition of this song: sing stanza 1 together, gather the children to sing stanza 2 (memorized ahead of time), and sing stanzas 3 and 4 unaccompanied and stanza 5 with solid accompaniment. The refrain should always be accompanied. Emily R. Brink composed the descant in 1987 for the Psalter Hymnal. The key lends itself well to voices as well as instruments such as recorders, flutes, or violins. Just before the refrain is an option of A-C-sharp-D or, if A is too high for comfortable performance, F-sharp-E-D.

Other Resources:

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, alt., P.D.
  • Music (EVENING PRAISE 7.7.7.7.4 with refrain): William F. Sherwin (1826-1888), 1877, P.D.
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8C: Chorus: O Lord, Our Lord, How Excellent is Thy Name

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

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Copyright Information

  • Words: Psalm 8:1
  • Music: Richard Smallwood (b. 1948); arr. Stephen Key © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.
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8D: O LORD, Our Lord, Throughout the Earth

Other Arrangements:

  • To purchase a collection or a CD recording written by John Bell that contains this song and is published by GIA Publications, Inc.

Other Resources:

  • Purchase a CD recording that contains this song, made specifically to be a companion resource for this book, called Sing to God with Joy. This CD is published by GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • Listen and view this song in a worship service at Calvin College's Worship Symposium.
  • Buy a recording of this song as part of the recording "Cry Out to God!" by The Choral Scholars from iTunes.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: John L. Bell (b. 1949) © 1993 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Music (TRAMPS AND HAWKERS 8.6.8.6 D with refrain): arr. John L. Bell (b. 1949) © 1993 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
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8E: A Responsorial Setting

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Arrangements:

  • To purchase an octavo arrangement of this song, “O LORD, Our Lord, how Majestic” that is written by Alfred Fedak and published by GIA Publications, Inc.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalm 8:1
  • Music: Alfred V. Fedak (b. 1953) © 1998 GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Psalm Text: from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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    • Words and Music: permitted with a license from OneLicense.net.
    • When reprinting the Psalm Text and Tone, please use the correct copyright line. Faith Alive Christian Resources grants you permission to reprint the tone for use in worship settings.

8F: Chorus: O Lord, How Excellent

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

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Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: Brenda Joyce Moore © 1989 Brenda Joyce Moore
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