O LORD My God, from You Alone Comes Aid

O LORD my God, from you alone comes aid

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1981)
Tune: SO GIEBST DU
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Versifier: Marie J. Post

Marie (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) While attending Dutch church services as a child, Post was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member… Go to person page >

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First Line: O LORD my God, from you alone comes aid
Title: O LORD My God, from You Alone Comes Aid
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1981)
Meter: 10.10.10.10.8.4
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

The LORD's anointed asks God for deliverance from attacking enemies.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-5
st. 3 = vv. 6-9
st. 4 = vv.l0-16
st. 5 = v. 17

Undefended by other helpers, the psalmist asks God to save him from pursuers who threaten his life (st. 1). He pleads his innocence of any wrongdoing that might warrant his violent death (st. 2) and appeals for a just judgment on his adversaries (st. 3). Confident of a righteous judgment, the psalmist describes God as a warrior and the wicked as those who give birth to evil (st. 4). The psalm concludes with a vow to thank and praise the LORD for his righteousness and deliverance (st. 5). Marie]. Post (PHH 5) wrote the versification in 1981 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Passion Week; occasions of persecution or personal distress when an appeal to God's righteous intervention is in order, especially when the powers of this age threaten to overwhelm God's children. Also for use in solidarity with Christians in other places who are persecuted.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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SO GIEBST DU

SO GEIBST DU (also called DRESDEN) was first published in the Dresden collection Geist und Lehr-reiches Kirchen und Haus Buch (1694). The complete translated title of this collection reads: "Spiritual and instructive church and house book, including familiar old Lutheran hymns (so lovely), new pure…

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