We Give Our Thanks to You, O God

We give our thanks to you, O God

Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Tune: WEYMOUTH (Ferris)
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Versifier: Helen Otte

Helen Ann (Brink) Otte Walter (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1931) versified this psalm in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal. She received her education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has worked as a teacher, proofreader, and librarian. She was a member of the Poets' Workshop that worked with the revision committee to prepare psalm versifications for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. After her first husband died and she remarried, she remained active as a freelance writer, especially of children's stories and dramas, some of which have been published in Reformed Worship under the name Helen Walter. Bert Polman Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We give our thanks to you, O God
Title: We Give Our Thanks to You, O God
Versifier: Helen Otte (1985)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1987, CRC Publications


The reassurance of faith in the face of enemy threat.

Scripture References:
st. l = vv. 1-5
st. 2 = vv. 6-10

A song of assurance, Psalm 75 contains many thematic parallels to the Song of Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1-10; see PHH 158). Thanksgiving (v. 1) and praise (w. 9-10) frame the song, while faith-reassuring words from heaven (w. 2-5; st. 1) and a triumphant response from earth (w. 6-8; st. 2) form the song's core. Helen Otte (PHH 17) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use
Occasions of thanksgiving for and reassurance of God's faithful rescue of his people in the face of threats from enemies.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Theodore Parker Ferris (b. Port Chester, NY, 1908; d. 1972) composed WEYMOUTH in 1941 for H. C. Robbins's text "And Have the Bright Immensities"; the tune was published in The Hymnal 1940. Ferris named the tune for his summer hometown, Weymouth, Nova Scotia. Well-crafted with an effective rhythmic c…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #75

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