Category Archives: Psalms

Foothold (Psalm 25)

10 years ago, my friend Debra Rienstra wrote a hymn text based on Psalm 25, called “Foothold.” Not only that, she won the Fuller Seminary School of Psychology Fortieth Anniversary hymn competition with it. As I began to work on an … Continue reading

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Psalm 104, with Doug Gay

Every few months my friend Doug Gay emails new hymn texts he’s written, many of them Psalm settings. The latest was a setting of Psalm 104. He wrote the text with the 10.10.11.11 tune LYONS in mind (“O Worship the King”). It … Continue reading

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Kimbrough: Oh Rejoice in All Your Works, strings

Wendell Kimbrough won the Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest a few years ago with his setting of Psalm 104, “Oh Rejoice in All Your Works.” Since that time it has become a favorite of our congregation. Psalm 104 … Continue reading

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Psalm 67: Let All the Peoples Praise You!

If necessity is the mother of invention, the lectionary is the muse of new Psalm settings. I already composed one setting of Psalm 67, but that was a complicated choir, organ, brass, and percussion anthem. What I needed for yesterday … Continue reading

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A New Song (Psalm 96)

  One of my first compositions to ever be published was “A New Song (Psalm 96)” in Augsburg Fortress’s GladSong Choirbook in 2005. It’s nice to know that it’s still being used. How do I know choirs are still singing the song? Because I … Continue reading

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Psalm 148 – Creation’s Chorus (for chorus)

I wrote Creation’s Chorus in 2000 hoping to forge a daring new path of Motown Psalmody that I was sure others were sure to follow. But it turns out people prefer to keep their Sons of Korah and their Jackson … Continue reading

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Restore Us, O God (Advent 2015 @ COS)

Two years after Naaman Wood and I began collaborating on “Restore Us, O God,” the song has finally been sung by an actual congregation. I think you’ll agree that it went swimmingly: Of course, its success is due in part … Continue reading

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O Savior Come (COS 2015)

http://www.gregscheer.com/musicblog/o_savior_come.mp3 A few years ago I co-wrote a song with Isaac Watts called “Arise, O King of Grace, Arise,” aka “O Savior Come.” I hadn’t thought much about it lately until one of my fellow worship planners here at the … Continue reading

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Psalm 124: If God Had Not Been on Our Side

A lot of music ministers lament the never-ending grind of planning worship services, week after week, without a break. Yeah, it’s easy to get a little jealous of school teachers with their summer breaks, but frankly I like the challenge … Continue reading

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As the Deer, bedtime edition

The thing about kids is that they don’t care who you are. If they like a song, they’ll sing it, if they don’t, it’s erased from their mind immediately. So when I found out that Luke was requesting my song, … Continue reading

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