159. LORD God of Israel, Come among Us

Text Information
First Line: LORD God of Israel, come among us
Title: LORD God of Israel, Come among Us
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: 10 8 10 8 888
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:23-53; 1 Kings 8:53
Topic: Commitment & Dedication; Suffering of Christ; Church (2 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld
Tune Information
Meter: 10 8 10 8 888
Key: F Major
Source: Seelen-Harfe, Ansbach, 1664; harm. Psalter Hymnal 1987

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = 1 Kings 8:23-26
st. 2 = 1 Kings 8:27-32
st. 3 = 1 Kings 8:33-40
st. 4 = 1 Kings 8:41-53

1 Kings 8:22-53 (and 2 Chron. 6:12-40) record the prayer of King Solomon at the dedication of the temple he had built for God. Though the immediate focus is always the temple, the prayer has far-reaching themes about the covenant (st. 1); worship and its elements-prayer, praise, and repentance (st. 2); daily life, war, and sickness (st. 3); and "the stranger" or "foreigner" (1 Kings 8:41) and repentant exiles (st. 4). Each stanza ends with a refrain: "we praise you, God; you are the LORD."

Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) wrote the poetic summary of this temple prayer in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. He notes that the dedication of Solomon's temple comes at the high point of Israel's history, about midway between the Exodus from Egypt (1 Kings 6:1) and the return from Babylonian captivity.

Liturgical Use:
Dedication of a new church building; inauguration of a new congregation; beginning of a new season of church activities. Because of its far-reaching themes, this prayer is also appropriate at many other occasions of Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

LOBE DEN HERREN, O MEINE SEELE (not to be confused with the more familiar LOBE DEN HERREN at 253) is a German chorale in AAB bar form. Well-known in Germany but less so in North America, this anonymous tune was published in 1665 in an appen¬dix to the hymnal Neu-vermehrte Christlich Seelen-Harfe (1664) as a setting for a versifica¬tion of Psalm 103 ("Praise the LORD, O my soul. . ."; hence the tune title). Sing in parts or in unison with vigor and rhythmic precision, using two broad beats per measure.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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