“Give Thanks to the Lord” is taken entirely from Psalm 118. It’s an upbeat song in E-Major, using a 3/4 time signature. This song is ideal for either the Responsorial Psalm or a Recessional / Sending Forth song. Download the PDF music piece and watch the video.
PDF of the musical piece
Story Behind the Song:
I’ve always loved the Psalms. Because they were made to be sung, and because they put into words the deepest longings of the human heart. I took verses 1-4 and turned it into the chorus for this song. The rest of the verses fell into place once I finalized the chord structure. The song was written in May 12, 2007.
The song can be used as a sung Responsorial Psalm during the Mass. However, due to the upbeat uptempo nature of the song, it could also be used as a final song during the recessional or sending forth. It could also be useful for praise and worship during prayer meetings.