Category Archives: Psalms

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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Psalm 137: So Far from Home

I’ve broken a lot of new musical ground in my time–writing the first endlessly looping Vine praise song, for example–but I’m pretty sure this first will be one for the history books: The first congregational song with a curse word. … Continue reading

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Psalm 149 at Cardiphonia

Exactly one year and a day after its premiere at Church of the Servant, “Psalm 149: Let God’s People Sing a New Song” is appearing on the latest Cardiphonia release. Psalms 135-150 (Volume One) by Greg Scheer Bruce Benedict and the … Continue reading

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Psalm 80: Restore Us, O God! (Guitarchestra)

After a sluggish round of correspondence (due to travel for me and a new teaching position for Naaman) we’ve finally brought “Restore Us, O God!” from draft into final form. I think it was worth the wait. Particularly unique is its Klezmer-ish … Continue reading

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Kimbrough’s Psalm 104

I’ve featured the music of Wendell Kimbrough before, and today he makes a return appearance. An honor to be sure… Earlier this year his setting of Psalm 104, “Oh, Rejoice in All Your Works,” won the COS New Psalm Contest. It had … Continue reading

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Psalm 133: Behold the Goodness

In Psalms for All Seasons is a setting of Psalm 133 (Behold the Goodness of Our Lord, PfAS 133A) that seemed just right for the Guitarchestra this past Sunday. The melody, DETROIT, comes from the Kentucky Harmony hymnal. Like a lot of … Continue reading

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Psalm 137: By the Babylonian Rivers

“By the Babylonian Rivers” is one of my favorite songs from Global Songs for Worship and one of my favorite Psalm settings in general. We used it at COS last week and I decided that the line “Lord God, hear your … Continue reading

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