Here is another story behind one of the songs from the Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary series. Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com.
This post is by Deb Dorman, one of our more prolific composers, and tells the story behind Psalm 8: “O Lord, Our Lord, How Majestic is Your Name.”
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O Lord, our Lord, how Majestic is your Name
This song was written while my father-in-law, Jack Dorman, Sr., was hospitalized and we were not sure if he would live, or what his quality of life would be. He was a great man and one who had been a worshipper and a faithful follower of Christ his whole life. He was an elementary principal for many years and the song leader and a teacher in his local church until he contracted a debilitating disease. After recovery, communication became a struggle for him, but even so, he remained a faithful worshipper of God. He loved to watch the birds and enjoyed God’s creation. When we visited him, we would often see him in the backyard early in the morning, lifting his hands in worship, singing hymns and occasionally he would shout “Glory!”
During one of his hospital stays, I was sitting with him in his room, reading Psalm 8. The melody to the chorus just came to me: “O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” I found a pencil and paper and finished the song there in the hospital. It just flowed.
I felt like God gave me the song to honor this man, his child, who had faithfully praised him, in good times and in hard times. It seemed to express his faith in and love for God and his creation. I dedicated the song to Jack Dorman Sr. “Glory!”