SHOUT TO THE LORD                                                                   written in 1993

The Story

Darlene Zschech (1965 – ) of Sydney, Australia, had written this worship song, but she wasn’t sure it was any good.

Though Darlene is a talented woman, she was going through a dark time, a time of self-doubt. She wondered if God could use anything she did. Then she began reading Psalm 96. As she read it, her depression began to lift and this song was written.

When she mentioned this song to the music pastor of her church, he insisted on coming to her house to hear it. Now she was really nervous. Her music pastor came with a friend… so she was shakier than ever. Her hands were sweating. She didn’t even know if she would be able to play the piano, much less sing the words. So, she told the 2 men to face the wall… looking away from her. She didn’t want to see what she thought would be the pained expressions on their faces. But, when she finished, they said it was wonderful!  That was good to hear, but Darlene was sure they were just being polite.

It was until her pastor raved about the song that she realized it might have a life beyond her personal devotional time.

Darlene is now an Australian Pentecostal Christian worship leader and singer-songwriter who primarily writes praise and worship songs. Described as a “pioneer of the modern worship movement”, she is the former worship pastor of Hillsong Church.

The Song

            Read this praise song, and – today – shout to the Lord!

My Jesus, my Savior,
Lord, there is none like You;
all of my days I want to praise
the wonders of Your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength;
let every breath, all that I am
never cease to worship You.

CHORUS:
Shout to the Lord, all the earth; let us sing…
power and majesty, praise to the King;
mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
forever I’ll love You… forever I’ll stand;
nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

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