Psalm 139: Search Me O God – a song

Beethhoven’s La Pathetique was the theme music used by John Cargher on ABC RN’s Singers of Renown over five decades.  While studying one day I realised that this would make an excellent worship song and on asking my wife, Tanya Wittwer for a suggested topic, she suggested her favourite psalm, which was 139.
The video was recorded by Craig Mitchell at the Uniting Church of Australia’s (UCA) Songwrite weekend at Burnside UCA, SA, in June 2016.  Guest speaker was Michael Hawne, from SMU Perkins, School of Theology, Texas.

The sheet music is found here. You are welcome to use this in your church with acknowledgment.


Words by Leigh Newton based Psalm 139. Music by Leigh Newton based on Beethoven’s “La Pathetique”.  Music in “All Together OK”.  Leigh Newton © 1993.     Website:


3 thoughts on “Psalm 139: Search Me O God – a song

    1. Thank you for this. Well done, sir. I love hearing the Psalms put to music, as they should be. Our Pastor (Bonita Know) led us to this. Our pianist and I are looking to do a choral rendition of this to get the congregation used to the song so we can add this to our service as a Communion song. I also listened to your original song We Had Seen The Star. Lovely melody and good lyrics. Do you have a lead/chord sheet for that one available for purchase somewhere? We would love to do the same for that song as well.

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