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 >
A prayer of the godly when oppressed by the arrogant wicked, who have grown so powerful that they shape and control the social order.
st. 1 = vv.1-2
st. 2 =vv. 3-4
st. 3 = v. 5
st. 4 = vv. 6-8
The circumstances out of which Psalm 12 arises are not uncommon in human history. Whereas Psalm 11 features an individual professing confidence in the LORD's protection against wicked, formidable powers, Psalm 12 uses the voice of the oppressed (v. 7). We stand with the oppressed to ask God for help in a time when the whole social order has become morally corrupt (st. 1), to ask God to execute due penalties on the arrogant wicked (st. 2), to hear a reassuring Word from the divine Protector (st. 3), and to respond with confidence that God's promised protection will not fail (st. 4). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1983 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Any occasion of oppression in the world when God's people want to cry out to the Lord for justice.
GENEVAN 12 first appeared in the 1551 Genevan Psalter and has thus been attributed to Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3), music editor for the 1551 edition. It is also known as DONNE SECOURS, the first two words of the French text for Psalm 12. The tune is included in many English-language hymnals because of i…
Display Title: Help, LORD, for Those Who Love Your TruthFirst Line: Help, LORD, for those who love your truth have vanishedTune Title: GENEVAN 12Author: Marie J. PostMeter: 11 10 11 10Scripture: Psalm 12Date: 1987Subject: Deliverance | ; Laments | ; Poverty | ; Promises | ; Providence | ; Word of God |