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Praise Is Your Right, O God, in Zion

Versifier: Stanley M. Wiersma

Pseudonym: Sietze Buning Wiersma was educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin (PhD 1959). He was a professor of English at Calvin College from 1959 until his death. He is remembered as a poet. His works include: Purpaleanie and Other Permutations, 1978 Style and Class, 1982 More Than the Ear Discovers: God in the Plays of Christopher Fry All Will Be New, 1982 © The Cyber Hymnal™. Used by permission. (www.hymntime.com)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise is your right, O God, in Zion
Title: Praise Is Your Right, O God, in Zion
Versifier: Stanley M. Wiersma (1980)
Meter: 9.6.9.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications

Notes

Praise for God's boundless goodness to his people

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 =vv. 5-8
st. 3 =vv. 9-13

Psalm 65's praise of God's goodness ranges across the spectrum of his mercies: God forgives the people's sins so that they may enjoy sweet communion with him at the temple (st. 1); stills the turbulence of the nations so that his people are secure in their land (st. 2); blesses the promised land with a taste of Eden (st. 3). The range of these reflections and the power and beauty of their imagery make this psalm one of the most beloved in the psalter.

Stanley Wiersma (PHH 25) versified Psalm 65 in 1980 for the Psalter Hymnal. A hymn based on this psalm is found at 458.

Liturgical Use:
Thanksgiving Day and other occasions of gratitude for God's blessings; whenever the church looks forward to redemption in the new creation.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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GENEVAN 65

GENEVAN 65 appears twice in the Genevan Psalter. It was originally composed to accompany Psalm 72 in the 1551 edition of that psalter and was later matched with Theodore de Beze's versification of Psalm 65 in the 1554 edition. Composed in Aeolian (minor), this tune consists of four long phrases in b…

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