*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – March 4, 2018

Mar 03, 2018

“I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music…”    Martin Luther, in a letter (1530) to Catholic composer, Ludwig Senfl

Hymns are often the first way we learn to give voice to our faith as children and even those who are not great singers have favorite hymns that they know by heart.  You are invited to reflect on this stanza in the week ahead.  Use it for prayer, meditation, or in daily devotion.  Our prayer and hope is that these hymn stanzas will lift and deepen your faith and encourage your living of that faith in daily works of love and acts of mercy.

 

Surely It Is God Who Saves Me   WOV 635, stanza 1

TUNE:  RAQUEL

Surely it is God who saves me;

I shall trust and have no fear,

For the Lord defends and shields me,

and his saving help is near.

So rejoice as you draw water

from salvations’ living spring;

in the day of your deliverance

thank the Lord, his mercies sing.

 

Stanza one is Isaiah 12: 3.  It recalls images of the deliverance from Egypt.  The image of water, living spring, calls to mind God’s provision of water in the desert for the people of Israel, as well as the living water of Jesus (John 4).