From the Dust You Shall Raise Us Up


I had an unfortunate opportunity to reflect on mortality when my friend Christina Mandang was hit by a car. Her sudden and senseless death at the age of 38 reminded me once again how fleeting our lives are. It is truly ashes to ashes and dust to dust, with precious little time in between. The good news is that the God who breathed life into dust to create Adam and who resurrected Jesus from the grave is the same God who has promised to raise us from death to eternal life.



words and music by Greg Scheer
verses based on Psalm 103
in memory of Christina Mandang
copyright 2011
CCLI #6442781
OneLicense #2014-24

This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Lent: from 40 Days to the 10 Commandments.”

From the dust you shall raise us up.
From the dust of death you shall raise us up.
From the dust you shall raise us up.
From the dust of death you shall raise us up.

1. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
sing God’s praises.
O bless God’s holy name,
recall his marvelous deeds.
For he’s redeemed your life with love,
and his mercy never ends.

2. As a father has compassion
on his children,
he shows his mercy
to those who fear him.
For he knows how we were formed.
He remembers we are dust.

3. For our lives are like grass
in the field:
One day we’re flourishing,
the next forgotten.
But everlasting is God,
everlasting his love.

4. Bless the Lord, all you angels
of heaven.
And all earth’s creatures,
come bless God’s holy name.
And O my soul,
bless the Lord.


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