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O Lord, Our Lord (Psalm 8:1)

Scripture References

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O Lord, Our Lord (Psalm 8:1)

Words of Praise

A prayer especially mindful of children
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Everything we see reminds us of your power and glory
because you made everything out of nothing.
You made the sun and the moon,
you made the land and the sea,
you made the birds and the fish and all the animals,
and you made us to love you and take care of your creation.
We praise you for all your gifts
and for helping us take care of your world.
Thank you for your creativity and your love.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! Amen.
—based on Psalm 8
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

Creator God, heavenly Father,
you alone know why you love your people, and in you alone we can love one another.
By your Spirit, help us to find our true worth, not in other created things, but in you.
Keep us faithful in our care for your world and in our compassion for your people.
We pray this in the name of Jesus, creation’s Redeemer. Amen.

A Prayer of Acclamation
 
O Lord, you have set your glory in the heavens.
How excellent is your name.
You use the praise of children to silence the foe and the avenger.
How excellent is your name.
You have crowned us with glory and honor.
How excellent is your name in all the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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O Lord, Our Lord (Psalm 8:1)

Tune Information

Name
HOW EXCELLENT
Key
d minor
Meter
11.11

Recordings

Musical Suggestion

Richard Smallwood’s chorus makes use of the beloved language of the King James Version of the Bible. The rich language of this version still resonates in many communities. The chorus may be used to frame the reading of the psalm, or it may be used as a refrain within the reading.
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O Lord, Our Lord (Psalm 8:1)

Hymn Story/Background

This short refrain is the conclusion of a larger gospel setting of “Psalm 8” by Richard Smallwod; the full lyrics and several performances of the entire song are readily available on YouTube or online.
— Emily Brink

Composer Information

Richard Smallwood (b. Washington, D.C., 1948), a composer, arranger, pianist, and innovator in the African American gospel style. Many of his arrangements of gospel hymns appear in Lift Every Voice and Sing (1981). Organized by Smallwood in 1967, the Richard Smallwood Singers have sung and recorded many of his arrangements. He remains their current director. Smallwood has a BM degree from Howard University, Washington, DC.
— Bert Polman

A native of Washington D. C., Stephen Key is a composer, arranger, and performer. He writes and arranges for the group Steve Key & Company. He is also the Founder and President of StepKey Music. He serves on the musical staff of Third Street Church of God, Asbury United Methodist Church (Washington, DC), and Alfred Street Baptist Church (Alexandria, VA). He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and works as a Computer Specialist.
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