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 >
A profession of childlike trust in the LORD.
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.
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
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…
Display Title: LORD, My Heart Is Humbled NowFirst Line: LORD, my heart is humbled nowTune Title: AUS DER TIEFEAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 77 77Scripture: Psalm 131Date: 1987Subject: Trust in God | ; Humility | ; Lord's Supper |