173. Come, Sing for Joy to the LORD God

Text Information
First Line: Come, sing for joy to the LORD God
Title: Come, Sing for Joy to the LORD God
Meter: 889 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: King, God/Christ as; Praise & Adoration; Joy (1 more...)
Source: Psalter Hymnal, 1987
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications
Tune Information
Name: GENEVAN 95
Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1985)
Meter: 889 D
Key: e minor
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1542
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 95:1-2
st. 2 = Ps. 95:3-7
st. 3 = Ps. 95:7b-ll

This unrhymed versification of Psalm 95 was written primarily by Cor Wm. Barendrecht (PHH 326) and Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22), both members of the group of writers who worked on the psalter section. Like the previous song (172), this psalm text was prepared to be sung to its Genevan psalm tune because of its long associa¬tion in the Dutch Reformed tradition. Earlier editions of the Psalter Hymnal had not included this tune. For commentary on this psalm see PHH 95.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship (especially st. 1-2); during confession of sin or as a sung prayer for illumination (st. 3). See also PHH 95.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

GENEVAN 95, composed in the Dorian mode, was first published in the 1542 Genevan Psalter. It gained popularity in the Dutch Reformed tradition because of Psalm 95's historic association with the beginning of morning worship. The tune is challenging; almost every musical phrase has its own rhythm and unique melodic structure. But it is worth some extra effort. In fact, it is the only tune in the Genevan Psalter used as a setting for four psalms: 24, 62, 95, and III (see chart on p. 33).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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