FAMILIAR WORDS
God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.
- Psalm 47:7

Many years ago I discovered that choirs I directed really looked forward to rehearsals when we didn't introduce any new music or spend any time being "nit-picky" about notes and rhythms and phrasing. We just sang.

The same is true from a worship leader's standpoint. Often those in our gatherings really appreciate the chance to sing what's familiar and well-loved. Not having to learn anything new, they open up like a wellspring from a heart overflowing from many honest and real experiences with their trustworthy God.

That's sort of how I view Psalm 47. Its themes are well-known, often repeated. It's familiar ground to us. Yet it has an excitement and fervor that's  barely containable. Maybe that's why it was apparently used in ancient Jewish worship, most likely during the Feast of Tabernacles. And perhaps that's why it was later used in the liturgy surrounding the Jewish New Year festival, Rosh Hashanah.

After all, an affirmation and acclamation of God, "the great King over all the earth," would do us all some good. We know the words and the tune; they're written on our hearts.

What are we waiting on?



Here's a dynamic service opener or choral anthem for Easter Sunday that incorporates a portion of the classic hymn, "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!" Optional brass parts are available to add some sonic punch!

I wrote a new melody for the best-loved hymn text, "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us," and tried to give it a gentle, flowing effect. You could use it as a prayer response year-round.

As I was writing this song, a soulful, gospel approach seemed best and, well ... here's the result. Every wound, every care, every burden that you bear; bring it home to the Father, bring it home.


I found this lesser-known Hugh Sherlock text and discovered it works beautifully with the early American tune. It's ideal for services that emphasize missions or discipleship.

Here's an adaptation of Charles Wesley's famous hymn text, coupled with original music, and inspired by Psalm 150. A thousand tongues could not proclaim the glories of Your matchless name!