One Generation Will Call to the Next


Looking for a song to celebrate and encourage intergenerational worship? This setting of Psalm 145:1-7 was one of the winning songs of the CRC sesquicentennial hymn contest. Since then it has been included in three hymnals, recorded on a CD, sung at weddings, and used as a theme song for church dedications and education programs. One young person said this: I love this song. It has given me greater understanding of what a healthy church and Godly community looks like and has inspired me to be open to learning from the “last” generation.

A leadsheet is available here. For piano accompaniment or a festive choral anthem, visit GIA: The choral anthem is extremely flexible, with options for solo, children’s choir, worship band, and full orchestra. (See instrumentation chart below).

PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

words and music by Greg Scheer
based on Psalm 145:1-7
copyright 2006 (FaithAlive)

1. We will extol you, God and King, and bless your holy name.
Day after day we’ll sing your praise, forever and forever.

One generation will call to the next:
“Our God is good and his hand is strong!”
All of the world sings his marvelous acts
and our voice will join with theirs in the song.

2. Great is the Lord! In all his ways he’s greatly to be praised.
Were we to search for endless days, his greatness none could fathom. (Chorus)

3. We contemplate the splendor of the world your hand has made.
Far greater still the majesty we see in the Creator! (Chorus)

4. Now may your name be sung in every tongue in every place.
Singing the fame of your great love in every generation. (Chorus)

Orchestration details:

Bb Clarinet

2 Bb Trumpets
Horn in F
2 Trombones


Violin 1 and 2

SATB Choir

Rhythm Section (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums)