Our kids are learning Algebra and Calculus, are expected to memorize the periodic table and to read Shakespeare. Their marching-band routines are ever more complicated, and they are supposed to know all the plays in the playbook. But when it comes to church, we say, "Don't bother me with the details."
‹Rev. Dr. Peter J. Scaer›
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category: Hymns
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Geoffrey
14Mar2010/16:37

Sang at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (my parish) on 14 March 2010.

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Geoffrey
4Mar2014/13:07

Doing some catching up, this hymn was sung at Christ Our Savior Lutheran, my parish, on 28 April 2013.

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Geoffrey
9Mar2015/13:02

A little more catching up. We sang this hymn again at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church – Elizabeth on Cantate (5/18/2014), Thanksgiving (11/27/2014), and Ash Wednesday (2/18/2015).

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Surely God is My Salvation

Isaiah 12:2-6

Many will recognize this as The First Song of Isaiah. I was planning the mid-week Lenten services for this year, based upon the Service of Prayer and Preaching, and it called for a canticle based on Isaiah 12:2-6. None of the readily available sources in my congregations had a hymn based on this text except for one with a difficult tune out of a hymnal supplement that only one of my congregations had; and this one was even copyrighted, so it couldn't easily be copied for use at the other congregation. So, I sought to write a hymn myself based on this text for use in the services.

How did I settle on those tunes? Well, as I wrote the first phrase, I wrote it singing it to the first tune, without realizing what tune I was using. So, I scrambled to find the tune, writing the second and third phrases and getting the meter, then searching a hymnal index for the tunes that matched that meter. While looking at all the tunes in that meter in the index (a grand whopping total of 4), I thought that the second tune also matched the words well enough.


  1. Surely God is my salvation,
    I will trust and never fear;
    He my shield and my foundation,
    And His grace is ever near.
    Oh give thanks unto the Lord,
    And proclaim His holy Word;
    Tell His name in every nation:
    That the Lord is your salvation.
  2. With great joy I shall draw water
    From the Lord, the living Spring.
    By His grace, I shall not falter
    And His praises ever sing.
    Sing to God in all your needs;
    Tell about His glorious deeds;
    Shout abroad the joy within you,
    That the Lord is great among you.

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Werde munter by Johann Schop, 1642

Freu dich sehr from the Genevan Psalter, 1551
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