LORD, You Have Lavished on Your Land

Versifier: Marie J. Post

Marie was educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School from 1940 to 1942). She contributed poetry to the Grand Rapids Press and church periodicals for three decades, and served on the 1987 Revision Committee for the Christian Reformed Church’s Psalter Hymnal, which contained a number of her original texts and paraphrases. © The Cyber Hymnal™ (www.hymntime.com/tch) Go to person page >

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First Line: LORD, you have lavished on your land
Title: LORD, You Have Lavished on Your Land
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1985)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A communal prayer requesting God's forgiveness and the full experience of his saving love and faithfulness. Scripture References: st. 1 = vv. 1-3 st. 2 = vv. 4-7 st. 3 = vv. 8-9 st. 4 = vv. 10-13 In a time of distress after being restored from captivity, the people of God pray for a renewal of God's mercies. If the restoration referred to is Israel's return from Babylon, the troubles are probably those alluded to in Nehemiah and Malachi–verse 12 suggests a severe drought. As you have pardoned and restored us before, prays the psalmist, show us your grace once more (st. 1). Forgive, revive, and bless us in your mercy, O God (st. 2). Surely the LORD's salvation is near and unfailing (st. 3). God's love and faithfulness and righteousness and peace all come together in God's grace (st. 4). The beautiful imagery of love and faithfulness meeting together while "righteousness and peace kiss each other" (v. 10) has made Psalm 85 a favorite for God's people everywhere. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. Liturgical Use: A favorite in traditional Christian liturgies for the Advent season; many other occasions. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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MELITA (Dykes)

The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant. The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…

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NEW 113TH

See PHH 85 for information on NEW 113TH and William Hayes. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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