Surely It Is God Who Saves Me

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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.

Author: Carl P. Daw

The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr. Curator of Hymnological Collections Adjunct Professor of Hymnology B.A. Rice University M.A. University of Virginia M.Div. University of the South Ph.D. University of Virginia D. D. Virginia Theological Seminary The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr., is an Episcopal priest and writer who served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009, while this ecumenical and international organization had its headquarters at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Daw continues as an Adjunct Professor of Hymnology in the Master of Sacred Music program and acts as the Curator of the Hymnological Collections in the STH Library. In addition to his experience… Go to person page >

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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
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Source: The First Song of Isaiah (para.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1982.

Notes

Scripture References:
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).

Liturgical Use:
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

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IN BABILONE

IN BABILONE is a traditional Dutch melody that appeared in Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen (Old and New Dutch Peasant Songs and Country Dances), c. 1710. Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) discovered this tune as arranged by Julius Rontgen (b. Leipzig, Germany, 1855; d. Utrecht,…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #193
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Common Praise (1998) #361Text
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The Worshiping Church #327TextImage
With One Voice #635
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