Psalm 65: We Praise You, God, in Silence and Singing
Bethany Cok and Josh Parks asked me to compose music for their wedding, and they chose Psalm 65 as the song’s text. It was a great choice: Psalm 65 is a Psalm of thanksgiving that was likely written for one of the harvest festivals; its focus on entering God’s house, keeping vows, and God’s blessing make it a beautiful fit for a wedding.
This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Thanksgiving Brainstorms.”
Score and parts for piano, voice, violins, viola, and cello. Purchase price allows you to print as many copies as you need for your ensemble.
words and music by Greg Scheer
text based on Psalm 65
in celebration of the wedding of Bethany Cok and Josh Parks
copyright May 2020
We praise you God in silence and singing,
in making of vows and lifting of prayers.
To you all people in joy and thanksgiving,
renewed and forgiven,
to you they are streaming for you are our God.
And you God are good.
1. Blessed are the ones you draw to you courts,
guests in the house of the Lord.
Riches o’erflow and spill out the doors,
blessings that fill the whole earth.
2. For you pushed the mountains into place
With the strength of your hand,
and you hushed the chaos of the waves.
For even the seas obey your commands,
and you change the chattering
ff all the nations into choirs of joy,
and the whole world hums with your praise.
3. You care for the land; you soak the ground
and you shower it with riches.
You fill the streams and soften the soil,
and you flood the furrows and ditches.
The year is crowned with blessing;
her path flows with abundance.
Her hills are covered in gladness,
her meadows clothed in flocks;
her vales are robed in wheat and grain.
They shout for joy; they sing.
They shout for joy and they sing.