Whoever Shelters with the LORD

Whoever shelters with the LORD

Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
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Versifier: Calvin Seerveld

Calvin Seerveld (b. 1930) was professor of aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto from 1972 until he retired in 1995. Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Michigan; and the Free University of Amsterdam (Ph.D.), he also studied at Basel University in Switzerland, the University of Rome, and the University of Heidelberg. Seerveld began his career by teaching at Bellhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi (1958-1959), and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (1959-1972). A fine Christian scholar, fluent in various biblical and modern languages, he is published widely in aesthetics, biblical studies, and philosophy. His books include Take Hold of God and Pull (1966), The Gr… Go to person page >

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First Line: Whoever shelters with the LORD
Title: Whoever Shelters with the LORD
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1985)
Language: English
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld


Assurance that God will surely keep safe those who take refuge under the LORD's wings.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-10
st. 4v= vv. 11-13
st. 5 = vv. 14-16

Composed for godly worshipers at the temple, Psalm 91 assures those who dwell "in the shelter of the Most High" (v. 1) that they need never be afraid (st. 1); the LORD will be their sure refuge from all enemies and dangers (st. 2). Though thousands perish around them, God's people will be safe (st. 3). God charges the angels to keep his people from harm (st. 4): I will keep you safe because you trust in me (st. 5). Satan applied verses 11 and 12 specifically to Jesus when he was being tempted in the wilderness, but the psalm is appropriate for all who confess, “The LORD . . . ‘is my refuge and my fortress’” (v. 2). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Traditional for New Year celebrations. As a psalm of trust in the Lord's care and keeping, it has many applications in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (sometimes called GRENOBLE) was published in France in the 1753 Grenoble Antiphoner as a setting for the text "Deus tuorum militum" (“The God of Your Soldiers”). One of the finest French diocesan tunes from the eighteenth century, it represents a departure in Roman Catholic h…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #91
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