Helen Ann (Brink) Otte Walter (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1931) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal. She received her education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has worked as a teacher, proofreader, and librarian. She was a member of the Poets' Workshop that worked with the revision committee to prepare psalm versifications for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. After her first husband died and she remarried, she remained active as a freelance writer, especially of children's stories and dramas, some of which have been published in Reformed Worship under the name Helen Walter.
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A prayer for rescue, with confidence that God will save.
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-7
Though very short, this psalm is a classic example of a psalm prayer. It contains the most common elements of these prayers: an initial appeal for God to hear and save (w. 1-2); an indication of distress and an indictment of the ruthless strangers who attack "without regard for God" (v. 3); a confession of confidence that God will help (v. 4); a call for God to deal as a judge with the attackers (v. 5); and a vow to praise God for his deliverance (w. 6-7). The versification is a 1985 revision by Helen Otte (PHH 17) of the text published in The Book of Psalms for Singing (1973).
Ref1ection upon the church's or the individual's trust in God.
ENGADINE was included in Frizzoni's Canzuns Spirituaelas (1765); the tune is named after the valley of the Inn River in eastern Switzerland. Shaped in rounded bar form (AABA'), this Italian tune needs the sense of one broad beat per measure. The color of the four-part harmonization helps in congrega…
Display Title: By Your Name, O God, Now Save MeFirst Line: By your name, O God, now save meTune Title: ENGADINEAuthor: Helen OtteMeter: 87 87 DScripture: Psalm 54Date: 1987Subject: Deliverance | ; Afflictions |Source: Versification The Book of Psalms for Singing, 1975