Deliver Me

I’m excited to have guest blogger (and dear friend) Karen Brubaker share about the writing of her song “Deliver Me” which I covered on my new album. I have known Karen since she was a young girl, I mentored her when she was newly entering the worship ministry at our church, and have played piano with her for several of her flute performances. Karen currently studies in Switzerland where she is pursuing her Master’s in flute performance.

Here is the story behind the song “Deliver Me,” by Karen Brubaker:


“Psalm 71 (Deliver Me)” gives voice to the cries of those oppressed by injustice. I wrote this song on August 12, 2014 as a desperate response to the intense persecution facing Christians in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Overwhelmed with grief and a sense of helplessness, I penned the following journal entry right before composing the song:

“I am heavy this morning, burdened by the horrors happening to my brothers and sisters in northern Iraq. They have nothing. They are starving. The children are being beheaded. The women are being tortured and raped. Men are crucified on raised gallows. Itʼs so horrific, I donʼt want to think of it. Yet, I cannot turn away.”

Confronted with such atrocities, all I knew to do was to cry out to God and turn to Scripture for truth and comfort. Psalm 71 resonated as my prayer in solidarity with my persecuted brothers and sisters. So I sat down at the piano and just began to emote. This song, “Deliver Me,” is what emerged, and it is the cry of my heart on behalf of the persecuted Church.

- Karen Brubaker


Deliver Me

verse 1
In You, O LORD, do I take refuge
In You, O LORD, do I take refuge
In You, O LORD, do I take refuge
Let me never be put to shame

Incline Your ear, and save me
Incline Your ear, and save me
Incline Your ear, and save me
Be to me a rock of refuge

chorus
In Your righteousness deliver me
And rescue me, O God, my God

verse 2
O God, be not far from me
O God, be not far from me
O God, be not far from me
Make haste to help me

For You, O Lord, are my hope
For You, O Lord, are my hope
For You, O Lord, are my hope
My trust, O Lord, from my youth

bridge
Rescue me from the hand
Of the wicked, O my God
From the grasp of the unjust
And the cruel man


Karen Brubaker
Composed on 8/12/14, a prayer for my Iraqi brothers and sisters


Karen Brubaker, writer of Deliver Me
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