You Are My Reason To Sing

from Joy Brand New by Ordinary Time

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This song is based on the words of Psalm 19. The song came about as an effort to put into music the way the psalm declares the glory of God’s creation, both of the physical world and laws of God. I originally wrote the song as a song of praise, with hopes that it could be sung congregationally. After writing the song it took an additional meaning after I read the biography of the lat Rev. Dante Venegas, a spirit filled preacher, community organizer, and evangelist (and a friend of my father). In the biography Jackie Venegas writes of how Dante would recite the words from this psalm May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer as he walked to the pulpit whenever he preached. Now it is a song that puts the praise of ps 19 to music, and also serves as a reminder of a great follower of Christ, his witness, and his life of service.


You are my reason to sing
Bm A
At the root of all my joy
the Giver of everything
Bm A
Your law it revives my soul

G Bm A
The heavens declare the work of your hands
G Bm A
Day after day they bear witness to your glory
D A D/F# G
May the words of my mouth, the mediation of my heart
D A D/F# G
Be pleasing in your sight O Lord my rock and my redeemer

The way of our Lord is true
It is righteous and everlasting
His laws are radiant
His commands make wise the simple

The heavens declare….


from Joy Brand New, released October 29, 2013
“You Are My Reason To Sing” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418344


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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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