You still call us to walk in paths of justice (Té me guías por sendas de justicia)Author: Juan A. Espinosa (1978)
Published in 5 hymnals
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God is my rock and my salvation,
the strength of my life.
1 You still call us to walk in paths of justice,
you help us see the way.
As you give us the courage for life's trials,
we shall not be afraid. [Refrain]
2 In the midst of our fears and darkening shadows
you bring us hope and light.
In your presence we go through death's dark valleys;
we shall not be afraid. [Refrain]
3 We will trust you, the God of our salvation,
for all the future holds.
Guide, protect, and defend the poor and helpless;
you are their rock and shield. [Refrain]
4 Lord Almighty, protector of your people,
our strong deliverer,
our Redeemer, secure us in your power;
we trust in you alone. [Refrain]
El Señor es mi fuerza,
mi roca y salvaciόn.
1 Té me guías por sendas de justicia,
me enseñas la verdad.
Té me das el valor para la lucha,
sin miedo avanzar. [Refrain]
2 Iluminas las sombras de mi vida,
al mundo das la luz.
Aunque pase por valles de tinieblas,
yo nunca temer. [Refrain]
3 Yo confío el destino de mi vida
al Dios de mi salud.
A los pobres enseñas el camino;
su escudo eres té. [Refrain]
4 El Señor es la fuerza de su pueblo,
su gran libertador;
té le haces vivir en la confianza,
seguro en tu poder. [Refrain]
|First Line:||You still call us to walk in paths of justice (Té me guías por sendas de justicia)|
|Title:||God Is My Rock|
|Spanish Title:||El Señor Es Mi Fuerza|
|Author:||Juan A. Espinosa (1978)|
|Meter:||126.96.36.199 with refrain|
|Refrain First Line:||God is my rock and my salvation (El Señor es mi fuerze, mi roca y salvación)|
|Copyright:||© 1973 Editorial Apostolado de la Prensa. Sole U.S. Agent: OCP Publications, 5536 N.E. Hassalo, Portland, Oreg. 97213. All rights reserved. Used by permission.|
ref. = Ps. 46: 1
st. 1 = Ps. 23:3
st. 2 = Ps. 23:4
Juan S. Espinosa (b. Villafranca de los Barros, Spain, 1940) wrote the original Spanish text and composed the tune in 1969. It was first published in Madrid in 1970 in El Señor Es Mi Fuerza, his most significant song collection, which included forty-two liturgical songs written both in Spain and in northern Peru, where Espinosa worked with peasants. Espinosa has said that he "composed to offer the Christian communities in their liturgical expression a few songs in consonance with the new spirit of Vatican II." Espinosa, who earned a degree in theology and philosophy and also studied music, published a number of song collections. The English translation was published in Celebremos II (1983), a Hispanic hymnal of the United Methodist Church in the United States.
This hymn is based on Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though
the earth give way. . . .
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
As in the biblical psalm, the four stanzas of this text express an unshaken trust in God's guidance and protection of his people, especially when they face turmoil, injustice, and life's other trials. Thus the text is a testimony of confident faith, sure hope, and mutual encouragement. In the biblically proper sense of the term, this is a hymn text of "liberation theology."
As is true of Psalm 46, this hymn fits many occasions of worship; useful for Old/New Year services, but especially at prayer services for justice and peace and urban ministries.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #202||El Señor es mi fuerza, mi roca y salvación (God is my rock and my salvation, the strength of my life)||Tú me guías por sendas de justicia (You still call us to walk in paths of justice)||Perú||Juan Antonio Espinosa||188.8.131.52 with refrain||Psalm 46||1992||translation from <em>Celebremos, Segunda Parte</em>, 1983|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #610||God Is My Rock||You still call us to walk in paths of justice||FUERZA||Juan A. Espinosa||11 6 11 6 with refrain||Psalm 46; Psalm 23:4; Psalm 18:2||1987||Society/Social Concerns | ; Songs for Children | Hymns; Texts in Two Languages | ; Assurance ||
|Songs for Life #216||Psalm 46||God is my rock and my salvation||[God is my rock and my salvation]||Psalm 46||1995||Living in God's World | Walking with God; Responsorial Style ||
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #69||El Señor Es Mi Fuerza (God Is My Rock)||Tú me guías por sendas de justicia (You still call us to walk in paths of justice)||FUERZA||Juan A. Espinosa, twentieth century||184.108.40.206. with refrain||Psalm 23; Psalm 46; Psalm 65:2||1996||18th Sunday after Pentecost | ; God the Redeemer | ; Guidance in Pilgrimage | ; Joy in Christ ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal #856b||Psalm 143:1-10||God is my rock and my salvation||[God is my rock and my salvation]||Psalm 143:1-10; Psalm 46:1||1989|