From the Rising of the Sun, to the place where it sets.
The name of the Lord is to be praised
The Lord is exalted over all the nations His Glory above the Heavens
Who is like the Lord, our God The One who sits enthroned on High
He who stoops to look down upon, down upon the earth, and her sky
Sing Your Praise to the Lord is probably better known as one of Amy Grant’s biggest hits, but it was written by Rich Mullins. Grant tells the story of getting the demo of the song, before Rich had become a known name. When she and her team listened to the song, they ended up dancing on the tables and getting in to it. I’m not particularly inclined to think of record execs at work as the “Holy Roller” types. When Amy Recorded it, they made her cut the bridge, fearing it was too long. I’m kinda disappointed in that, because that’s my favorite part of the song. It’s easy to understand why the record execs and Amy got lost in the song, starting with the Bach Fugue, building in to the bombastic full band it’s hard not to get drawn in.
Recently, I was listening to a sermon series on Anxiety from Life.Church pastor Craig Groeshel, the third part of the series was about coming at anxiety from a posture of praise. This is how I’ve tended to use this song for most of the 20 some odd years since the full version was recorded and released by Rich not long before his death. When I reach the end of my rope, either getting angry, anxious, depressed, or the like, this song goes on infinite loop. Usually by the 3rd time through, my spirit has settled, and my focus gets back where it belongs.