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Versifier: Marie J. Post
Marie (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) While attending Dutch church services as a child, Post was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member… Go to person page >
Praise of God for delivering his people from enemy oppression.
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-7
st. 3 = vv. 8-12
st. 4 = vv. 13-15
st. 5 = vv. 16-19
st. 6 = vv. 20, 1-2
The original occasion for Psalm 66 is unknown, but some scholars have proposed that it reflects Judah's remarkable deliverance from the Assyrians in the days of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-19). After an initial call to praise (st. 1), the theme of this psalm develops in two movements.
First, the psalmist exhorts the earth's peoples to join in praise to God for delivering his people from the heavy burdens they have suffered (st. 2-3). Then the psalmist offers personal praise to God, gratefully fulfilling vows made in troubled times (st. 4); giving testimony to God's grace, "Let me tell you what he has done for me" (v. 16; st. 5); and praising God for listening to the previous cries for help (st. 6). This thematic development suggests that the psalmist was a king whose distress and prayers, and now his praise, had national significance. These same themes are the testimony of Christians in every age.
Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. Another setting of Psalm 66 is at 242.
Praise occasions, particularly at the beginning of worship, at the dedication of the offering, and at recognitions of answered prayer; anticipation of Christ's rule in the new heaven and new earth.
Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) composed ELEANOR (named after his wife) in 1985. It is published for the first time in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. The tune features melodic devices such as repetition, sequence, and inversion; it is accompanied by part-writing that immediately suggests singing in harmony. ELEAN…