Composer Craig Phillips
Text First Song of Isaiah, para. Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing SATB a cappella
Topic Advent, Easter Vigil
Scripture reference Isaiah 12
Lectionary usage Advent 3C, Easter Vigil ABC
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 2' 10" Released 6/14
Catalog no. 410-844
Difficulty Mod. easy
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Surely it is God who saves me;
trusting him, I shall not fear.
For the Lord defends and shields me
and his saving help is near.
So rejoice as you draw water
from salvation's living spring;
in the day of your deliverance
thank the Lord, his mercies sing.
Make his deeds known to the peoples:
tell out his exalted Name.
Praise the Lord, who has done great things;
all his works God's might proclaim.
Zion, lift your voice in singing;
for with you has come to dwell,
in your very midst,
the great and Holy One of Israel.
--Carl P. Daw, Jr. Words © 1982, 1990 Hope Publishing Company. Used by permission.
Description Carl P. Daw, Jr.’s metrical paraphrase of the First Song of Isaiah is well-known and appears in many hymnals. Composer Craig Phillips has provided a very distinctive and different setting for unaccompanied choir, one that emphasizes an inward urgency in the text. It was originally written for the Easter Vigil service at All Saints, Beverly Hills, although it can be used at a number of other times in the church year.