Save Us

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oak album by pamela joy

Track 11, O A K ℗ © Copyright Pamela Joy Crawford 2004

Save Us is a song of lament that reflects my heart when I see the news and feel the hurt around the world. It is heavily influenced by the Psalms and Sons of Korah, an inspirational band who sing the Psalms. After touring with Sons of Korah, I repeatedly heard the emotional depth of the Psalms and never ceased to be stirred by it.

These writings seem to more accurately reflect people's lives and feelings than anything I've heard elsewhere. They're real and they expose our grief and fear of living in the context of so much pain and tragedy.

But even more than this, an important part of "Save Us" is a complete acceptance of my personal part to play in the mess. It's from this place that I ask, beg, plea with God to help.

The whole of Psalm 7 and 2 Corinthians 6 is important to this song as well as these passages below from the Bible:

  • Psalm 80:3 "Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved."
  • Psalm 7:14-19 "See how they conceive evil and are pregnant with mischief and bring forth lies. They make a pit, digging it out, and fall into the hole that they have made. Their mischief returns upon their own heads, and on their own heads their violence descends. I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High."
  • Romans 3:10-12 "...as it is written: “There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    there is no one who shows kindness; there is not even one."
  • Romans 3:16-19 "...ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes."
  • Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
  • Romans 8:22-24 "We know that the whole creation has been groaning together as it suffers together the pains of labor, and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what one already sees?"
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4 "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing clearly the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 "For our sake God made the one who knew no sin to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
  • Isaiah 53:5-6 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
  • Isaiah 59:1-2 "See, the Lord’s arm is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear."
  • James 1:21 "Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls."
  • Colossians 1:13-14 "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
  • John 3:16-20 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed."
  • Philippians 2:9-11 "Therefore God exalted him even more highly and gave him the name that is above every other name, so that at the name given to Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
  • Jeremiah 31:7 "For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.”
  • 1 Timothy 1:15 "The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost."
  • Jude 24-25 "Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."

SAVE US LYRICS

Save us from this world we're living in
Stop this madness of death
Save us from our blindness to your ways

Save us from this world we're living in
Stop the groanings of loss
Save us from our hard hearts to your ways

I bow before you in need
I've done wrong in thought and deed
For what I've done I should surely die

Save us from this world we're living in
Stop this reign of pain
Save us from our war with your ways

You did no wrong
So you are the only one
Who is able to come into darkness
And carry us out

Save us oh King, save us oh King
Save us oh King, save us...

SAVE US CREDITS

oak album by pamela joy
Lyrics & Music: Pamela Joy
Assistant Production: Mike Avery, Allan Neuendorf
Guitar: Jayden Lee (electric)
Lead Vocals: Pamela Joy
Visual Art: Rachel CD Marks