I EXALT THEE                                                                                  written in 1983

The Story

At the age of 26, Pete Sanchez had already been a music director, a youth director, and a musician with a Christian group called One Song. All that was good and exciting, but Pete was newly married and felt he carried baggage, having come from a divorced family.

So he felt the best thing to do was to make sure he was a good husband and a good father. He withdrew from active ministry and began to study Psalms. He decided that – as he meditated on each psalm – he would write a song about it. One day, he came to Psalm 97:9: “For You, Lord, are high above all the earth: You are exalted far above all gods”. It seemed powerful to him, and he went to his piano and played a bit of it. But it didn’t seem finished.

For the next 18 months, Pete kept coming back to the opening lines of his song, until God gave him the rest of the song. He says, “The only way I can explain it is, in that moment, it seemed like I stepped into another place… it was a divine encounter.” And the chorus came, “I exalt Thee”.

You’ve probably sung this chorus… and may not have even known there was a verse!

The Song

            Read this praise song, and – today – exalt God in your words and actions.

For Thou. O Lord, art high above all the earth;
Thou art exalted far above all gods.
For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth;
Thou art exalted far above all gods.

I exalt Thee! I exalt Thee!
I exalt Thee, O Lord!
I exalt Thee! I exalt Thee!
I exalt Thee, O Lord!

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