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