Glory to God

December 15, 2010

I like the song, Glory To God, by Steve Fee.  It’s a simple worship song, that’s easy to play, easy to sing, easy to remember.  We will be singing this song for at least another whole year! Sorry for the sarcasm, I really do like the song a lot.  But most modern worship songs are sung just enough to get everyone tired of them.  How many times did you sing Shout To The Lord? The first dozen times you did it with feeling and emotion, which gave way to mind-wandering, till today, many make fun of the song.  (Not me!)  It’s not a bad song, it’s a great song, we just over-sang it.  I am afraid the same is soon to be true for Fee’s song.  To bad really.

I have a further problem with many worship songs; by the time I learn how to play the song on guitar, I’m tired of it.  That a function of my slow learning curve, not the song.  Fee’s Glory to God is so simple I picked it up right away, but not all music is so simple, singable and celebrative.

Then there is this old French tune, translated into English 150 years ago that I never tire of.  Perhaps it’s because we only sing it for a few weeks every year, or maybe it’s because the chorus is in Latin, or maybe because it is one of those once-in-a-century kind of songs.  Maybe it’s a bit of all of the above.   At any event, the lyrics are clear and crisp, the melody is simple and celebrative, the vocal range is not difficult for most of us to reach the high as well as the low notes, (although breath control is important for the chorus) and every verse gives us a fresh, different look at the Joyful Event.

Even in my teen years, when I sang about egg shells, there was a sense of wonder surrounding this song.  It’s very hard to sing and not be joyful.  I have a trumpet version that I love to turn up really loud.

So, sit still and think about it if you can.  My guess is you will want to listen to this song before the day is over.

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains.


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!  (Glory to God in the highest!)
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?  Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heavenly song?


Come to Bethlehem and see Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,  Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


See Him in a manger laid, Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While our hearts in love we raise.


Glory to God in the highest!


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