Surely it is God who saves me; Trusting him, I shall not fearAuthor: Carl P. Daw
Published in 7 hymnals
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1 Surely it is God who saves me;
trusting him, I shall not fear.
For the Lord defends and shields me
and his saving help is near.
So rejoice as you draw water
from salvation's living spring;
in the day of your deliverance
thank the Lord, his mercies sing.
2 Make his deeds known to the peoples:
tell out his exalted Name.
Praise the Lord, who has done great things;
all his works God's might proclaim.
Zion, lift your voice in singing;
for with you has come to dwell,
in your very midst, the great and
Holy One of Israel.
|First Line:||Surely it is God who saves me; Trusting him, I shall not fear|
|Title:||Surely It Is God Who Saves Me|
|Author:||Carl P. Daw|
|Source:||The First Song of Isaiah (para.)|
|Copyright:||This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1982.|
st. 1 = Isa. 12:2-4a
st. 2 = Isa. 12:4b-6
Isaiah 12 consists of two stanzas of praise (12: 1-3 and 4-6). Together they make up the "First Song of Isaiah," one of the "lesser" Old Testament canticles used by the medieval church. As songs of joy and praise for God's deliverance, these stanzas are the climax to a group of prophecies spanning Isaiah 7-11. In stanza 1, Isaiah 12:2 echoes Exodus 15:2 of the Song of Moses (see also 152), and 12:3 uses the "wells of living water" image, often a biblical symbol of salvation (John 4:10). Stanza 2 reflects the praise language that abounds in the book of Psalms. Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944), versified these passages in 1981 for The Hymnal 1982, the Episcopal Church hymnal published in 1985.
Daw was born into a Baptist preacher's family. He received degrees in English from Rice University and the University of Virginia (Ph.D. in 1970), and taught English at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia (1970-1978). In 1981 he received a divinity degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. After ordination in the Protestant Episcopal Church, he served Episcopal congregations in Virginia, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In 1996 he was appointed executive director of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Daw is a widely respected and often published author of numerous hymns and hymn articles. His texts were collected in A Year of Grace (1990), To Sing God's Praise (1992), and New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1996).
Daw suggests this song is suitable for baptism and as a general hymn of assurance; stanza 2 has a mission theme and may also reinforce Advent or Christmas themes, mentioning God's incarnation; Isaiah 12 is also one of the canticles appointed for daily morning prayer in various Christian prayer books.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (7)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Common Praise (1998) #361||Surely it is God who saves me||Surely It Is God Who Saves Me||Carl P. Daw, Jr. (1944-)||Alfred V. Fedak (1953-)||126.96.36.199 D||Isaiah 12:2-6; Psalm 23; Psalm 26; Isaiah 12:2-6; Isaiah 43:16-21; Isaiah 49:8-23; Isaiah 60:1-22; Psalm 23; Psalm 26; Isaiah 12:2-6; Isaiah 43:16-21; Isaiah 49:8-23; Isaiah 60:1-22||ECCE, DEUS||e minor or modal||1998|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #678||Surely it is God who saves me||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||Arthur Rhea, b. 1919||188.8.131.52 D||COLLEGE OF PREACHERS||D Major||English||1985|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #679||Surely it is God who saves me||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||Ray W. Urwin, b. 1950||184.108.40.206 D||THOMAS MERTON||E Major||English||1985|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #193||Surely it is God who saves me||Surely It Is God Who Saves Me||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||Dale Grotenhuis||220.127.116.11 D||Isaiah 12||LORD, REVIVE US||F Major||English||1987|
|The Worshiping Church #327||Surely it is God who saves me||Surely It Is God Who Saves Me||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||Ray W. Urwin||18.104.22.168 D||Isaiah 12:2-6||THOMAS MERTON||F Major||English||1990|
|With One Voice #635||Surely it is God who saves me||Surely It Is God Who Saves Me||Carl P. Daw Jr., b. 1944||Skinner Chávez-Melo, 1944-1992||22.214.171.124 D||John 4; Isaiah 12:1-6||RAQUEL||A Flat Major||English||1995|
|Worship and Rejoice #423||Surely it is God who saves me||Surely It Is God Who Saves Me||Carl P. Daw, Jr. 1944-||126.96.36.199 D||Psalm 144:2; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 68:5; Psalm 9:9; Psalm 56:11; Isaiah 12:2-6; Psalm 56:4; Proverbs 23:11; Psalm 27:1||IN BABILONE||G Major or modal||2001|