When God Brought Zion's Remnant Band

When God brought Zion's remnant band

Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
Tune: MAG ICH UNGLÜCK
Published in 1 hymnal

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Versifier: Calvin Seerveld

Calvin Seerveld (b. 1930 in New York) received a BA from Calvin College in 1952, an MA in English literature and classics from the University of Michigan in 1953. He then went on to study under D. H. Th. Vollenhoven at the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam, where his doctoral dissertation dealt with Croce's aesthetics. It was supervised by Vollenhoven and Carlo Antoni. He then taught philosophy and German at Trinity Christian College, and went on to teach philosophical aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Seerveld has been influential in the reformational movement. In fact he was the first to coin the term 'reformational' to describe the philosophical aspects of neo-Calvinism. He has taken Dooyeweerd's aesthetic… Go to person page >

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First Line: When God brought Zion's remnant band
Title: When God Brought Zion's Remnant Band
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
Meter: 8.4.7.8.4.7.8.8.7
Language: English
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld

Notes

Praise for God’s restoration from exile, and a prayer that God’s grace may continue until the people's joy is complete.

Scripture References:
st. l = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-6

Psalm 126 is another of the fifteen "Songs of Ascents" (120-134) the Israelites sang as they went up to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. Here Israel celebrates their restoration from exile, most likely the exile in Babylon. With joy so great that they felt as if they were dreaming, the people returned to Jerusalem full of laughter and praise for the great things God had done for them, evoking wonder even among unbelieving nations (st. 1). Having been so favored, the worshipers pray that God's acts of restoration may continue until those who "sow in tears" bring in a bountiful harvest with "songs of joy" (vv. 5-6)–in other words, until God makes their joy complete (st. 2). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) paraphrased this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Advent; Lent; expressions of eschatological hope and joy.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

MAG ICH UNGLÜCK

Ludwig Senfl (b. Basil, Switzerland, c.1486; d. Munich, Germany, 1543) composed MAG ICH UNGLÜCK for his secular text "Mag mir Unglück nit widerstan." Senfl was a choir¬boy in the chapel choir of Emperor Maximilian I and therefore traveled with the emperor; after his voice broke, he may also have…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #126

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