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I Will Sing a Song of Triumph

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

“I Will Sing a Song of Triumph” speaks of victory even though “unnumbered troubles” (stanza 1) surround us, a topic that some may find difficult to sing. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, Question and Answer 28 claims that believing in the providence of God calls us to be not only “thankful when things go well,” but also “patient when things go against us” and to have “good confidence in our God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love.”
 
Belgic Confession, Article 13 testifies that “we rest” in the thought that “nothing can happen to us by chance but only by the arrangement of our gracious heavenly Father, who watches over us with fatherly care.”

Additional Prayers

O God, the cords of sin are strong—they bind us close to death.
But the victory you have given us in Jesus Christ
has severed those cords and loosed the bonds of evil.
We now live to bless you and to sing your praise in all the world. Amen.

Tune Information

Name
KAS DZIEDAJA
Key
d minor or modal
Meter
8.7.8.7

Hymn Story/Background

CAPTIVITY is a traditional Latvian folk tune; it is also known as KAS DZIEDAJA from the Latvian poem associated with the tune. The title CAPTIVITY is derived from its more recent use (especially in post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism) with Ewald Bash's paraphrase of Psalm 137, which begins "By the Babylonian rivers."
 
CAPTIVITY is a rather reflective tune, almost haunting in its minor mode. It has a stunning octave rise at the beginning of the second long line. 
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Martin Leckebusch (b. Leicester, England, 1962) was educated at Oriel College before going on to study Mathematics at Oxford and Numerical Analysis at Brunel University. He and his wife, Jane, have four daughters; their second child, a son, died in 1995. The family live in Gloucester and belong to a Baptist church.
 
Martin’s work in hymnody over the past twenty-five years has resulted in almost 400 hymn texts, of which around half have so far been published by Kevin Mayhew. These include the ever-popular More than Words and Songs of God’s People – books which have cemented his status as a talented and accomplished hymn writer.
 
Martin is keen to see the church equipped for Christian living, and believes that well-crafted and wisely-used contemporary hymns and songs have a vital role to play in that process.

Composer Information

Greg Scheer (b. 1966) is Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Music Associate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. His writings include The Art of Worship (Baker Books, 2006) and contributions to Reformed Worship, The Hymn, Call to Worship and Worship Leader and a chapter in New Songs of Celebration Render (ed. C. Michael Hawn, GIA Publications, 2013).

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