The Earth, with All That Dwell Therein

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1 The earth, with all that dwell therein,
with all its wealth untold,
belongs to God, who founded it
upon the seas of old,
upon the seas of old.

2 Oh, who shall stand before the Lord
on Zion’s holy hill?
The clean of hand, the pure of heart,
the just who do God's will,
the just who do God's will.

3 Lo, such are they that seek the Lord,
and blest by God they live;
to them the Lord's pure righteous ways
the God of grace will give,
the God of grace will give.

4 O everlasting doors, give way;
lift up your head, O gates!
For now, behold, to enter in,
the King of glory waits,
the King of glory waits.

5 Who is this glorious King that comes
to sit upon the throne?
All hail the Lord of Hosts, who is
our glorious King alone,
our glorious King alone.

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Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

In the background of this song you will find the truths of Psalms 24 and 121 primarily.

When stanza 5 speaks of the coming glorious king, take note of Psalm 72, the Gospel accounts of the Triumphal Entry on Passion/Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke19:28-44, and John 12:12-19), and the visions of Revelation 4 and 19.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s creative power, on display all around us, both obligates us and motivates us to give him worship. His work of creating all, and his constant care for all of it, stirs us in thanksgiving. Belgic Confession, Articles 12 and 13 spell these truths out beautifully: “We believe that the Father, when it seemed good to him, created heaven and earth and all other creatures from nothing, by the Word—that is to say, by the Son…”


Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9 and 10, Questions and Answers 26-28 do the same: “…the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth…”


Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 1 identifies the exclamation that gives us joy: “Our World Belongs to God!” and then in paragraph 8 testifies that “In the beginning, God—Father, Word, Spirit—called this world into being out of nothing, and gave it shape and order.”


The Earth, with All That Dwell Therein

Call to Worship

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord ?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord , strong and mighty,
the Lord , mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory.
—Psalm 24, NRSV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.
—Psalm 24:7-8, 10, NIV
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

Creator of all things,
keep us alert to the signs of Christ’s return and attentive to the needs of your people,
so that we may live with joy and purpose and eagerly welcome the King of Glory.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Psalms for All Seasons (http://www.psalmsforallseasons.org)

The Earth, with All That Dwell Therein

Tune Information

F Major



The Earth, with All That Dwell Therein

Author Information

The 1912 Psalter was the first ecumenical psalter published in the United States and the most widely used metrical psalter of the twentieth century in North America.  The United Presbyterian Church invited all other Reformed and Presbyterian denominations to join them in the effort to provide a new versifications of the psalms; six Presbyterian denominations, as well as the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America joined in the effort in revising the 1887 Psalter (whose texts actually dated back to the 1871 Book of Psalms; the 1887 edition had added music to the texts.).  The 1912 Psalter included all the psalms in 413 settings, eight doxologies, and the three Lukan canticles (Song of Mary, Song of Zechariah, and Song of Simeon).
— Bert Polman and Jack Reiffer

Composer Information

Nikolaus Herman (b. Altdorf bei Nürnberg, Germany, c. 1500; d. May 3, 1561) spent most of his life in the mining town of Joachimsthal, where he served as schoolmaster in the Latin School and organist and choirmaster in the Lutheran Church. After a careful study of Martin Luther's writings, he adopted the Protestant faith. Many of his 190 hymn texts were inspired by the sermons of Johannes Mathesius, pastor of the Lutheran Church where Herman worked. A writer of hymn tunes as well as texts, he often wrote his hymns for use in homes and schools, but they gained acceptance as well in a number of Lutheran churches. His texts and tunes were included in Die Sontags-Evangelia (1560) and Die Historien von der Sindfludt (1562).
— Bert Polman
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