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God Works His Purposes in Us

God works his purposes in us

Author: Dale Topp (1981)
Published in 2 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Author: Dale Topp

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Text Information

First Line: God works his purposes in us
Title: God Works His Purposes in Us
Author: Dale Topp (1981)
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Phil. 1:3-11
st. 2 = Phil. 1: 19-26
st. 3 = Phil. 2:15-16
st. 4 = Phil. 3:1-14
st. 5 = Phil. 4:4-13

In 1981, after participating in a Bible study of Paul's letter to the Philippians, Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Dale Topp (b. Holland, MI, 1937) was inspired to write this text, a paraphrase of portions of Paul's letter. The text was first published in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal.

Although the letter includes Paul's expression of gratitude to the Philippians for their gift to him, it is primarily a pastoral letter of Christian advice and encouragement. Paul's exhortations, using an early Christian creed or hymn, emphasize joy (see Phil. 2:6-11 and Psalter Hymnal 227,467). The beginning phrase of each stanza, "God works his purposes in us," is derived from Philippians 2:13. Those with a literary bent will note with suitably Philippian joy the tight internal rhymes in the third phrase of each stanza.

Topp was educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and began teaching music in the Zeeland (Michigan) Christian Schools. Since 1967 he has been a professor of music education at Calvin College. He has published several music guides for Christian Schools International, edited various "Hymn of the Month" collections, and he wrote Music in the Christian Schools (1975). Topp was chair of the tune committee that prepared the 1987 Psalter Hymnal.<?cite>

Liturgical Use:
With preaching on Philippians; as a response to the sermon.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Ki…

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SONG 67 was published as a setting for Psalm 1 in Edmund Prys's Welsh Llyfr y Psalmau (1621). Erik Routley (PHH 31) suggests that the tune should be ascribed to Prys. Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) supplied a new bass line for the melody when it was published with a number of his own tunes in George With…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #563
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