Calvin Seerveld (b. 1930) was professor of aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto from 1972 until he retired in 1995. Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Michigan; and the Free University of Amsterdam (Ph.D.), he also studied at Basel University in Switzerland, the University of Rome, and the University of Heidelberg. Seerveld began his career by teaching at Bellhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi (1958-1959), and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (1959-1972). A fine Christian scholar, fluent in various biblical and modern languages, he is published widely in aesthetics, biblical studies, and philosophy. His books include Take Hold of God and Pull (1966), The Gr… Go to person page >
st. 1 = Zech. 8:3-4
st. 2 = Zech. 8:5-7
st. 3 = Zech. 8:2, 8
Zechariah 8 records ten blessings, each one beginning with the words "This is what the LORD Almighty says: … "Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) highlighted five of those blessings in this 1984 partially rhymed versification of Zechariah 8:2-8 for the Psalter Hymnal The blessings pertain to Jerusalem, especially as an encouragement to the Jewish remnant to rebuild the temple, but they are also messianic, so their true fulfillment occurs in the coming of Christ and his kingdom.
Advent; occasions when songs of encouragement and blessing are appropriate; services of renewal; services focusing on Christ's second coming. Seerveld suggests that the song is especially suitable for God's children in urban settings.
Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) composed THOMAS in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal. In contrast to the composer's typical choral style of songwriting, THOMAS is intended for unison singing. Grotenhuis named the tune after his youngest son.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Display Title: The LORD Is SayingFirst Line: The LORD is saying, "I will make all things new.Tune Title: THOMASAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 11 11 9 10Scripture: Zechariah 8:2-8; Zechariah 8:8Date: 1987Subject: Family | ; Alleluias | ; Assurance | ; Covenant | ; Hope | ; New Creation | ; Redemption |