Category Archives: Psalms

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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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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