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Brett Allen’s setting of Psalm 8 is a journey from uncertainty and doubt to a soaring affirmation of man’s God-given dominion over all the earth. As the music progresses, listeners have the sensation of discovering – as if for the first time – their God-given dominion over all.
Audio recorded at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbus, OH. Performed by Susan Millard-Schwarz, Mezzo Soprano and Bruce Gilmore, Organ
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him
with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast
put all things under his feet:
O Lord our Lord how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Text: Psalm 8:1 (to !), 3-6, 9
Composer: Brett L Allen