LORD, My Heart Is Humbled Now

Versifier: Calvin Seerveld

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 >

Text Information

First Line: LORD, my heart is humbled now
Title: LORD, My Heart Is Humbled Now
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1982)
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld

Notes

A profession of childlike trust in the LORD. Scripture References: st. 1 = vv. 1-2a st. 2 = vv. 2b-3 Psalm 131 is one of the fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134) sung by the Israelites as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. The placement of this profession of childlike trust in God immediately after Psalm 130 seems deliberate. Here faith renounces all claims to heroic self-reliance: the psalmist rests in the LORD (st. 1) like a babe in its mother's arms and exhorts all God's people to do the same (st. 2). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal. Liturgical Use: Confessions of humble trust in the Lord (130 and 131 can frame a service of confession); many other occasions in Christian worship. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

HEINLEIN

AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally acce…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #131
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