Psalm 113: From the Rising of the Sun
The first half of Psalm 113 is lots of beautiful creation imagery, but the second half contains some things that don’t fit as neatly into a modern worship song: God raises the needy from the garbage dump and places them among princes; he gives the barren woman children. I boiled this down to three themes in verse 2: God gives us a place at the table, a place in the kingdom of God, and a place in God’s family. This song is part of my Hallel Psalm cantata, Everlasting to Everlasting.
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words and music by Greg Scheer
based on Psalm 113
copyright February 1, 2013
1. From the rising of the sun
and the breaking of the dawn,
to the last of the amber evening rays.
From the heavens on high,
to his servants below,
the Lord of all is worthy to be praised!
2. From a place in the dust,
to a place at the table,
and a place in the Kingdom of God.
From a bleak barren land,
to a place in the family:
new life as daughters and sons!