God Reigns: Let Earth Rejoice!

God reigns: let earth rejoice! Sing praise with one great voice

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1981)
Tune: GENEVAN 97
Published in 2 hymnals

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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 >

Text Information

First Line: God reigns: let earth rejoice! Sing praise with one great voice
Title: God Reigns: Let Earth Rejoice!
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1981)
Meter: 6.6.7.7.6.6.6.6.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A joyful celebration of the LORD's righteous rule over all the world.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-9
st. 4 = vv. 10-12

Singing Psalm 97 in the liturgy of a high festival such as the Feast of Tabernacles, the Levites exhorted all peoples of the earth to turn from their powerless idols (v. 7) and to rejoice in the LORD, whose reign is universal, righteous, and eternal (st. 1). Mighty displays of God's power over creation show the righteousness of God's rule and the majesty of God's glory (st. 2). With the people of Israel, we rejoice that God is "Most High over all the earth" (st. 3), and we remember that the LORD grants favor and protection only to those who hate evil and are upright in heart (st. 4). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1981 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Christmas; Ascension; mission and evangelism celebrations.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Tune

GENEVAN 97

First published in the 1562 edition of the Genevan Psalter, GENEVAN 97 is set in the Ionian mode (major) and consists of four long lines (with some internal repetition) and a coda-like final phrase. The harmonization (1985) is by Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4). This tune bears spirited singing with full ac…

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Media

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #97
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

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Psalms for All Seasons #97B

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #97

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