Calvin Seerveld (b. 1930) was professor of aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto from 1972 until he retired in 1995. Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Michigan; and the Free University of Amsterdam (Ph.D.), he also studied at Basel University in Switzerland, the University of Rome, and the University of Heidelberg. Seerveld began his career by teaching at Bellhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi (1958-1959), and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (1959-1972). A fine Christian scholar, fluent in various biblical and modern languages, he is published widely in aesthetics, biblical studies, and philosophy. His books include Take Hold of God and Pull (1966), The Gr… Go to person page >
A call to praise the Creator, whose majesty and might as displayed in the thunderstorm is the source of the people's security and welfare.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st. 4 = vv. 7-9
st. 5 = vv. 9-10
Psalm 29 attributes to the God of Israel what the Canaanites attributed to Baal–the divine majesty and power seen in the awesome sights and sounds and force of a thunderstorm. After the opening call to the great powers of creation to glorify the LORD (st. I), the main body of the psalm (st. 2-4) evokes the experience of thunderstorms in northern Canaan as they form over the Mediterranean ("the waters"), sweep across the Lebanon ranges, and spend themselves over the desert-like steppe to the east. Appropriately "the voice of the LORD," that is, thunder (in Baal mythology, the voice of Baal), sounds seven times in this psalm (vv. 3-9). Such displays of divine might may cause Baal worshipers to tremble, but true believers praise their God exuberantly, knowing that the LORD of the thunderstorm gives strength to his people and blesses them with peace (st. 5). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) versified this psalm in 1983 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Whenever the people of God want to express their praise to the Lord as the One who sits enthroned in the heavens, rules over all creation as King forever, and blesses and sustains his people.
ARLES was composed by Charles H. Gabriel (PHH 24), a prolific composer of gospel hymn tunes; it was associated with this psalm in the 1912 Psalter. Named after the French city, ARLES bears energetic, rhythmically precise accompaniment and four-part singing. For variety and contrast, sing the stanzas…
Display Title: Give Glory to God, All You Heavenly Creatures (Psalm 29)First Line: Give glory to God, all you heavenly creaturesTune Title: ARLESAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 126.96.36.199Scripture: Psalm 29; Psalm 29:1-2; Psalm 29:3-4; Psalm 29:5-6; Psalm 29:7-9; Psalm 29:9-10Date: 2013Subject: Biblical Names and Places | Lebanon; Church Year | Baptism of Our Lord; Praise of God |
Display Title: Give Glory to God, All You Heavenly CreaturesFirst Line: Give glory to God, all you heavenly creaturesTune Title: ARLESAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 188.8.131.52Scripture: Psalm 29Date: 2012Subject: Biblical Names and Places | Kadesh; Biblical Names and Places | Lebanon; Biblical Names and Places | Mount Hermon; Church Year | Baptism of the Lord; Church Year | Pentecost; Church Year | Trinity Sunday; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration; Elements of Worship | Preparation for Blessing; Enthronement Psalms | ; God as | Creator; God as | King; God's | Glory; God's | Holiness; God's | Majesty; God's | Power; Hymns of Praise | ; Temple | ; Ten Commandments | 3rd Commandment (do not take the name of the Lord in vain); The Creation | ; Truth | ; Year A, B, C, Ordinary Time after Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord | ; Year B, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday |
Display Title: Give Glory to God, All You Heavenly CreaturesFirst Line: Give glory to God, all you heavenly creaturesTune Title: ARLESAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 12 11 12 11Scripture: Psalm 29Date: 1987Subject: King, God/Christ as | ; Creation | ; Majesty of God |