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Ps. 8: Three Musical Interpretations

Photo Credit: Matthew Wittkopp from Annapolis, USA (commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40967433)

Psalm 8

LIke many other psalms, Psalm 8 has been the source of musical inspiration throughout many generations. Here we feature the work of the contemporary Christian duo, Poor Bishop Hooper, who are setting the entire Psalmody to music. We also reach into the past to include performances from Carrie Underwood and Elvis Presley of “How Great Thou Art.” What started as a humble poem written by a Swedish editor echoing of Psalm 8, ultimately became a worldwide musical sensation. For more information on the surprising history of this text and song-poem read the article, “Behind The Song,” here.

Poor Bishop Hooper

Both hailing from small towns in central Kansas, Jesse and Leah Roberts began writing, recording, and performing together after their marriage in 2013. What began as a duo, weaving together a patchwork of melodies atop an upright bass and a guitar, has since blossomed into numerous, multi-faceted expressions of the technicolor story they call life. In their current project, EveryPsalm, they are releasing a psalm-based song each week…until all the psalms are sung again.

Carrie Underwood performs “How Great Thou Art”

Elvis Presley sings How Great Thou Art

"How Great Thou Art"

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

 

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

 

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing;

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

 

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,

And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

 

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

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The opinions contained in this piece are solely the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Interfaith Youth Core. Interfaith America encourages a wide range of views and strives to maintain a respectful tone with a goal of greater understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions.