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Behold, How Good, How Pleasant Is the Union

Behold, how good, how pleasant is the union

Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman (1986)
Tune: GENEVAN 133
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Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman

Bert Polman served as chair of the Music Department at Calvin College and senior research fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dr. Bert studied at Dordt College (BA 1968), the University of Minnesota (MA 1969, PhD in musicology 1981), and the Institute for Christian Studies. Dr. Bert was a longtime professor of music at Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario, and organist at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Waterdown, Ontario. His teaching covers a wide range of courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and worship, and Canadian Native studies. His research specialty is Christian hymnody. He is also an organist, a frequent workshop leader at music and worship conferences, and contributor to journals such as… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold, how good, how pleasant is the union
Title: Behold, How Good, How Pleasant Is the Union
Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman (1986)
Language: English
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications


Acclaim for the good and beautiful unity of people knit together in their commitment to the LORD. Scripture References: st. 1 = vv. 1-2 st. 2 = v. 3 Psalm 133 is another of the fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134) the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. The people's oneness of heart in commitment to the LORD sanctifies them for the worship of God, as did the oil of consecration poured on Aaron's head (st. 1). There on Mount Zion, God's blessing falls upon the people like the life-refreshing dew on Mount Hermon (part of the Lebanon range, st. 2). Bert Polman (PHH 37) versified this psalm in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal Another setting of Psalm 133 is at 514. Liturgical Use: Reflections on the goodness and beauty of unity among God's people (especially appropriate at ecumenical gatherings). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook



GENEVAN 133 first appeared in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Howard Slenk (PHH 3) harmonized the tune in 1985. Composed in the Ionian mode (major), GENEVAN 133 consists of six lines that group into two very long melodic curves with identical cadences at the ends of lines 3 and 6. Sing the…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #133
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