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Rejoice! Sing Praise to Your Creator

Rejoice! Sing praise to your Creator

Versifier: Marie J. Post (1980)
Tune: GENEVAN 33
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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: Rejoice! Sing praise to your Creator
Title: Rejoice! Sing Praise to Your Creator
Versifier: Marie J. Post (1980)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


Praise for God's unfailing protection against all worldly powers.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-5
st. 2 =vv. 6-9
st. 3=vv.10-12
st. 4=vv. 13-19
st. 5 = vv. 20-22

References in this psalm to "a new song" (v. 3) and to God's frustration of the plans of hostile nations may suggest a time when Israel experienced a remarkable deliverance from foreign enemies, as in the days of Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 20) or Hezekiah (2 Kings 19). Relevant for any time the people of God reflect on their security in the face of hostile powers, the psalm calls on God's people to rejoice and sing because of God's faithful care (st. 1). As the almighty Creator, God has more than enough power to protect his people (st. 2). Possessing sovereign power over all the world, God can frustrate all plots against his people and effect his own plans for them (st. 3). God's all-seeing eye perceives the devices of worldly powers and watches protectively over his people (st. 4), so they wait in hope for the LORD, rejoicing and trusting in God's unfailing love and protection (st. 5). Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1980 for the Psalter Hymnal. See 449 for another (condensed) setting of Psalm 33.

Liturgical Use:
Praise to God as Creator and Ruler of the universe; expressions of trust in God's saving power; reproach of the evil plans of human powers arrayed against the church and the kingdom of God; counsel against reliance on creaturely means; affirmation of the Lord as the believer's only hope for security.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Psalm 33 was first set to GENEVAN 33 in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. The tune is generally attributed to Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3), the composer who served as editor of that psalter. The Psalter Hymnal includes two versions of a harmonization by Claude Goudimel (PHH 6): an adapted one to p…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #33
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