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The Composer's notes on "The Lord Says To My Lord"

I am often amazed at how frequently this text was quoted by the first century church and how difficult it is to find any song that uses it. Thank you for your interest in this special song. I wrote it in 1993, hearing it in my head as I woke up one October morning. What was even more important than what I heard was what I saw. I saw the host of heaven praising with absolute and carefree abandonment, and they were using this song as the vehicle for that praise.

As the song began it was obvious that there were people from every national heritage on the earth represented. This is also exemplified in the music, since it uses what we would call a "western" orchestration and harmony mixed with a Chinese gong and Asian harmony. The expression was that of high and lifted up majesty, such as no king on the earth has known. In the "presto" section the freedom expressed was exuberating. Some were dancing, some were jumping, some were doing cart wheels, back handsprings, flips, and all kinds of acrobatics. This was not because they were naturally good at those things and enjoyed doing them. They were doing them as an expression of joy before the King of the Universe.

When the majestic section repeated, the praise again reverted back to the bold, masculine, majestic statement with which they had started. Having been raised Presbyterian; I had never seen anything like it before. It seriously helped me set goals for myself and our congregation. I pray it will be as great of a blessing to you and your congregation as it has been to me and our congregation.

He alone is worthy of our adoration!

Jim Wingerter


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