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My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone

Versifier: David J. Diephouse

Born: 1947, Grand Ha­ven, Mi­chi­gan. Educated at Cal­vin Coll­ege, Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan, and Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, New Jer­sey, Diep­house taught at Rut­gers Un­i­ver­si­ty, New Bruns­wick, New Jer­sey (1974-76). In 1976 he be­came pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at Cal­vin Coll­ege, Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan. He served on wor­ship com­mit­tees for the Church of the Ser­vant in Grand Ra­pids, and for the Chris­tian Re­formed Church. His works in­clude: Pastors and Plur­al­ism in Wurt­tem­berg, 1918-1933  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My soul finds rest in God alone, On him my help depends
Title: My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone
Versifier: David J. Diephouse (1986)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


A confession of trust in God by the LORD's anointed when threatened by a powerfully backed internal conspiracy.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 =vv. 5-8

Psalm 62 suggests that a strong conspiracy aims to topple the king from his throne. It even hints that the king is old and no longer vigorous (v. 3)–which may have occasioned the revolt. Such treachery and rebellion plagued King David in his old age (2 Sam. 15-20). Though threatened by a host of conspirators, including powerful elements in the land, the king "finds rest in God," his rock and refuge (st. 1-2), and exhorts the people to trust in the LORD, whose protection is sure (st. 2). These truths bring confidence when God's people are threatened: although our "mortal strength is vain," God is strong and loving and faithful (st. 3).

David James Diephouse (b. Grand Haven, MI, 1947) versified this psalm in 1986 for the . Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Princeton University, Diephouse taught at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, from 1974 to 1976. Since 1976 he has been professor of history at Calvin College.

In addition to a number of essays, Diephouse wrote Pastors and Pluralism in Wurttemberg., 1918-1933. A pianist and harpsichordist, Diephouse has served on the worship committee of the Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, and on the Christian Reformed Church denominational worship committee.

Liturgical Use:
Many occasions in which the church is under threat from human powers and wants to express its confidence in the Lord.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



THIRD MODE MELODY is the third of nine tunes Thomas Tallis composed for Matthew Parker's The Whole Psalter (c. 1561). This magnificent tune is worth the trouble it may take to learn. Diephouse set the text with this tune in mind, since it kept coming to him as he was working on the text. Many may kn…

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RESIGNATION (Southern Harmony)

RESIGNATION, American Folk Melody, first appeared in Southern Harmony, 1835

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