Clarence P. Walhout (b. Muskegon, Michigan, 1934) studied at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; he taught many years at his alma mater, Calvin College, and was a member of the Poet’s Workshop, a group of several writers who prepared psalm versifications for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal; he was also editor of the journal Christianity and Literature and co-author of The Responsibility of Hermeneutics (1985).
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A prayer for God's protection from treacherous enemies in old age "when strength has fled.”
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-8
st. 3 = vv. 9-11
st. 4 = vv. 12-14
st. 5 = vv. 15-16
st. 6 = vv. 17-18
st. 7 = vv. 19-21
st. 8 = vv. 22-24
The content of this prayer suggests that it was composed by a king, the LORD's anointed, in his old age. Seeing the king's vigor wane, his enemies suppose that "God has forsaken him" (v. 11), and they openly conspire against him. The king appeals for God's defense, recalling his lifelong trust in God (st. 1) and confessing that God has never failed to protect him (st. 2). Do not forsake me now, he prays, when my strength is gone and I am old and gray (st. 3). At the psalm's center the old king confesses with unfaltering faith, "But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more" (v. 14; st. 4). Thereafter the psalm is a song of praise and thanks–for God's gracious display of power (st. 5); support of the king in his old age (st. 6); deliverance from troubles (st. 7); rescue from harm, and provision of lasting hope (st. 8). Clarence P. Walhout (PHH 6) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.
When Christians reflect on the frailty of life and sense the need for God's lifelong help.
Roger Wayne Wischmeier (b. Sioux City, IA, 1935) composed JUDSON in 1974. It was first sung on October 31, 1975, with James D. Cramer's text "I Sing the Goodness of the Lord" at Judson College, Elgin, Illinois, in a drama about Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary to Burma. Wischmeier comm…
William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…
Display Title: In You, O LORD, I Put My TrustFirst Line: In you, O LORD, I put my trustTune Title: WAREHAMAuthor: Clarence P. WalhoutMeter: 188.8.131.52Scripture: Psalm 71Date: 2012Subject: Biblical Names and Places | Israel; Church Year | Lent; Cruelty | ; Elements of Worship | Baptism; Faith | ; God | Daily Experience of; God | Trust in; God as | Rock; God's | Love; God's | Presence; God's | Strength; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Mind of; Jesus Christ | Teacher; Lament | General; Life Stages | Birth; Life Stages | Old Age; Life Stages | Youth; Loneliness | ; Mercy | ; Musical Instruments | ; Occasional Services | Funerals; Occasional Services | New Year; Remembering | ; Remnant of Isarel | ; Trust | ; Witness | ; Year A, B, C, Holy Week, Tuesday of Holy Week | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Epiphany, 4th Sunday | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, August 21-27 |
Display Title: In You, O LORD, I Put My TrustFirst Line: In you, O LORD, I put my trustTune Title: JUDSON (Wischmeier)Author: Clarence P. WalhoutMeter: LMScripture: Psalm 71Date: 1987Subject: Brevity & Frailty of Life | ; Laments | ; New Year - Old Year | ; Suffering of Christ |