“Call Jehovah” is one of my favorite songs and also one of the oldest songs on the CD. My students used to eagerly request it when we were singing songs for fun at the end of class. I used to sing this song in the middle of the night (along with “Come Thou Fount” and “Be Thou My Vision”) to our daughter when she was an infant–she still doesn’t like to sleep much. James Montgomery succinctly and powerfully captures the refuge we find in God in this world of dangers, toils, and snares–not as an escape or denial but as an ever-present help.
Call Jehovah your salvation, rest beneath th’Almighty’s shade.
In His secret habitation dwell, and never be dismayed.
There no tumult shall alarm you, you shall dread no hidden snare.
Guile nor violence can harm you, in eternal safeguard there.
From the sword at noonday wasting, from the noisome pestilence,
In the depth of midnight blasting, God shall be your sure defense.
He shall charge His angel legions watch and ward over you to keep.
Though you walk through hostile regions, though in desert wilds you sleep.
Since, with pure and firm affection, you on God has set your love,
With the wings of His protection, He will shield you from above.
You shall call on Him in trouble, He will hearken, He will save.
Here for grief reward you double, crown with life beyond the grave.