Monday, August 11, 2014

Atheists, take a 10-minute break. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Today my friend Light Expectations out in southern California posted the words of Psalm 8 from the Old Testament on her blog.

Here they are.

Psalm 8 is worth reading and pondering all by itself, but I could not help thinking of Tom Fettke’s magnificent choral anthem based on it, “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name”.

Here is the choir and orchestra of Hyde Park Baptist Church of Austin, Texas, with “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” (6:10) .

I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to sing and shout and laugh and cry and jump up and down and run around outdoors and throw my hands in the air and lie prostrate on the floor all at the same time.

Electric guitars and drums just don’t affect me that way, but first sopranos hitting that high Bb and second basses hitting that low Eb and all those “Alleluias” do it every time.

Somebody tell the atheists they can come back now.

7 comments:

All Consuming said...

I found it a very pleasant song. Passion is a wonderful thing and I'm happy it makes you happy too. *smiles. I feel much the same way about folks putting a large downer on music that has me just like you are when listening to this song. I don't see the need to be negative, live and let live.
(As a point of interest, (or not), there's a chap in the choir who is the spitting image of my cycling chum Spatz.)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Okay Saint Robert I am back. I looked into the deep dark well of human existence and saw that we are all alone. Besides, the devil has all the best tunes.

Elephant's Child said...

Love your celebration of beauty.

LightExpectations said...

"I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to sing and shout and laugh and cry and jump up and down and run around outdoors and throw my hands in the air and lie prostrate on the floor all at the same time."

I know the feeling well ~ thanks for sharing this :) Beautiful.

Flyaway said...

We sang this in our choir way back when. I love Tom Fetke's music. Brings glory to God! What ever happened to him?

Helsie said...

Although I'm not a religious person I do love church music and find a know a lot of the words of many hymns from my school days so I can sing along quite merrily and that's half the fun !

Snowbrush said...

All I can say is that, lo, atheists are with you always, even to the end of the world. This is because you are on our watch list, and we never know what you might do next.

P.S. Your reaction to the song reminds me of "Chug-a-Lug" by Roger Miller. Thanks for sharing.