Behind the Music ~ The Holy One

“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done.” Psalm 105: 1-5

My Celtic song! This song has that kind of feel. The above picture is of my Bible, Psalm 105 contains the majority of the lyrics for this song. The Psalms truly are songs just waiting to be put to music!

I started leading this song at Algoa Correctional Center and when I heard a hundred men singing at the top of their lungs “Great is his name, worthy of praise!”…it was really something special. These men praise the Lord with all their hearts and it overwhelms me, there are times I’d like to just stop singing and listen to them, I have on occasion. I really wanted to record their voices singing this song (especially the bridge) but I couldn’t get it worked out with the institution. So instead of 100 voices on the album you get to hear 4. My two sons sang some harmonies and melodies but on the chorus my producer recorded my youngest son singing it over again and again, stacking the vocals to create an awesome sound of men’s voices, Christian couldn’t return to sing again so I asked the electric guitar player sing, Sean is multi-talented 🙂 The 4th voice is my own of course, but I still think this song would best be sung by a big choir of men singing lots of parts. I am thankful for my sweet boys and their talents, they are gifted singers. I’m attaching 2 recordings, one of a fun rehearsal (unfortunately without Cameron) and the final product.

The Holy One

Verse 1
Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name
Remember all He’s done, seek the Lord, His strength
Holy is He, Our God and King
Worship the Lord, let’s shout and sing
The Holy One, the Holy One
Rejoice, He is the Way
Glory in His name
The Holy One, He is the Holy One
Exalt the Prince of Peace
Declare His majesty
Verse 2
Bless our mighty God, make known His deeds with praise
Tell of His marvelous works, shout with joy, proclaim
Great is His name, Worthy of Praise
Lift your voice and sing
Almighty God, Lord over all
Worship Christ the King

©2016 Christy Hoagland (ASCAP Sing for the King Publishing)

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