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O God, Do Not in Silence Stand

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Versifier: Clarence Walhout

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). Bert Polman Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O God, do not in silence stand
Title: O God, Do Not in Silence Stand
Versifier: Clarence Walhout (1982)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

A communal prayer asking God for protection against a great conspiracy of nations in order to show all the world that the LORD is God.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-8
st. 3 = vv. 9-12
st. 4 = vv. 13-15
st. 5 = vv. 15-17
st. 6 = v. 18

Psalm 83 dates from a time when Assyria was extending the tentacles of its power into Palestine. A great array of nations (all of Israel's near neighbors) jointly plotted–with Assyrian support–against the kingdom of the LORD. The psalmist appeals to God to rise in the face of these enemies (st. 1) who are plotting arrogantly (st. 2) and to destroy them as he did past enemies (st. 3). Blow these enemies away like chaff, 0 LORD, he prays (st. 4). Humble them so that they recognize their wickedness (st. 5). Show the world that you alone are "Most High over all the earth" (v. 18; st. 6). Clarence P. Walhout (PHH 6) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
When the church is under attack; when the church offers intercessory prayer for those suffering persecution.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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