519

God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

The awesome deeds of God are known through creation (Genesis 1 and 2 and Psalm 104).  Our identity as his people is expressed Psalm 95.  And our hope through Christ’s resurrection is expressed in I Corinthians 15:12-21.
The reference to “every generation” in each stanza is found in Psalms 78:1-8 and 145:1-7.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

We celebrate with joy that Christ has come to rescue us from sin and evil through the work of his son, Jesus Christ. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 35 identifies the church as “the fellowship of those who confess Jesus as Lord…the bride of Christ…”
 

Belgic Confession, Article 21 professes how Jesus Christ is a high priest forever and provided for the cleansing of our sins; Article 10 proclaims him as the “true eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship and serve.” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2 calls us to “live and die in the joy of this comfort” and “to thank God for such deliverance.”

519

God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises

Tune Information

Name
BLAENWERN
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
8.7.8.7 D
519

God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises

Hymn Story/Background

Written by Bert Polman, this text was chosen as the first-place winner in a hymn search for the 150th anniversary of the Christian Reformed Church in 2007, and then united with NETTLETON, a lively melody from Wyeth’s camp meeting songbook. However, when writing this text, Bert Polman had BLAENWERN in mind; it is matched to BLAENWERN in Lift Up Your hearts. Blessed with a distinguished climax, BLAENWERN comes to us from the last of the Welsh revival periods.
 
Composed by William Penfro Rowlands during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905, BLAENWERN was published in Henry H. Jones's Cân a Moliant (1915). The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire where Rowlands convalesced in his youth.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Bert Frederick Polman (b. Rozenburg, Zuid Holland, the Netherlands, 1945; d. Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 1, 2013) was chair of the Music Department at Calvin College and senior research fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dr. Bert studied at Dordt College (BA 1968), the University of Minnesota (MA 1969, PhD in musicology 1981), and the Institute for Christian Studies. Dr. Bert was a longtime is professor of music at Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario, and organist at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Waterdown, Ontario. His teaching covered a wide range of courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and worship, and Canadian Native studies. His research specialty was Christian hymnody. He was also an organist, a frequent workshop leader at music and worship conferences, and contributor to journals such as The Hymn and Reformed Worship. Dr. Bert was co-editor of the Psalter Hymnal Handbook (1989), and served on the committees that prepared Songs for Life (1994) and Sing! A New Creation (2001), both published by CRC Publications.
— Emily Brink

Composer Information

A church musician of many talents, William Penfro Rowlands (b. Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1860; d. Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1937) was a teacher in several schools. He composed hymn tunes and anthems and was conductor of the famous Morriston United Choral Society of southern Wales and precentor of the Tabernacle Congregational Church in Morriston. BLAENWERN gained its current popularity through Billy Graham crusades when it was sung to "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
— Bert Polman
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