“Surely it is God who saves us.
We will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is our stronghold and our sure defense
And he will be our savior.”
This is my song of comfort and hope in these dark days of December when the images of fires, hurricanes, war, homelessness and hunger fill me with despair. I have changed the pronouns to plural to include family, friends, our congregation, community and world.
These ancient words come from the 8th century prophet, Isaiah, 740 BCE – 686 BCE, to a people yearning for deliverance from the powers of darkness of their time. The people of
, during this period of
oppression and war with the Assyrians, needed reassurance that God was with
them to silence their fears, bring security and serenity of mind. Let these ancient words, sometimes called The
First Song of Isaiah, warm your heart and bring joy in the darkness of these
December days. Israel
You can find this hymn in our Glory to God Hymnal. I recommend singing along on You Tube, “Surely it is God Who Saves Me”, Jack Noble White, Grace Church, Madison,
June 2, 2014. I love the children signing the words, the
bell choir and church choir.
The presence of God is coming again to the world in endless supply for our deepest needs. So live in expectation. Remember what God has done in your life. Give thanks. Share the joy! Make the
known here and now. kingdom of God