Declare, My Soul, The Greatness Of God
 
Giving spiritual content/context of the piece to the choir…

Praise is one of the things that flows from the heart of Christian musicians. We love the loud and let-it-all-loose opportunities that come with anthems of praise. Declare, My Soul, the Greatness of God has those opportunities to clean out the vocal chords and organ pipes, but it has something else important to praise as well…that is statements of why we praise. The lyrics of the first portion of this anthem are taken from Psalm 103. Psalm 103 is the basis for the hymn text that Neander used. They are paraphrased here to give the choir and congregation several reasons for unhindered praise. Here is portion of Psalm 103 that recount some great reasons for praise. You may allow time for your choir to add their own reasons for personal praise to the ones listed by the psalmist.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not al His benefits,
Who forgives all your iniquity,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (ESV)

That is a GREAT list of reasons for praise…wouldn’t you agree? So, with the backdrop of that list, let your soul declare the greatness of God! Amen!