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Would I Know My Savior?

About the Song

I guess it’s just a part of my never-grow-up nature to constantly wonder, “What if…” What if I had lived when Jesus was born on the earth? Would I have known who He was? Would I have recognized a poor baby born in humble surroundings as the Savior of the world? After thinking about it every Christmas for years, I finally decided to put it into music. The last stanza is a result of my trust in the Lord’s own promise to his disciples:

“…the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me…”

John 15:26 KJV

And so, “I think my heart would know Him… for I can hear the Spirit whisper, ‘This is God’s own Son.’”

Appeared in The New Era magazine, December 2005.

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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor:

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Lyrics

Would I know my Savior,
wrapped in swaddling bands?
Lying in a manger-bed
Light of heaven round His head
Would I hear the angels
bend t’ward earth to sing?
Would I know the Holy Child?
Would I know my King?

Would I know my Savior,
safe in Mary’s arms?
Cradled in a lullaby
Heaven’s legions watching nigh
Would I know His goodness?
Would I feel His grace?
Would I know the Holy Child
if I beheld his face?

Would I know my Savior,
in a lowly stall?
Where the lowing cattle feed
Where the silver starlight leads
Where the humble shepherds
seek the Holy One
Would I hear the Spirit whisper,
“This is God’s own Son.”

I think my heart would know Him
Christ
The Holy One
For I can hear the Spirit whisper,
“This is God’s own Son.”

6 Comments

  1. Paul Allen

    Hi Sally,

    I would like to use your song in a Christmas Concert this year. I am the Artistic Director of the Sacramento Valley Choral Society and Orchestra. Are you interested in creating an SATB with orchestra or at least strings, harp and a few additional instruments like oboe, flute, clarinet, HORNS, brass, glock, or anything else you would like. Any key is fine I would like to also feature a soloist but I can make that happen either way. Please le me know your thoughts on the matter. I LOVE the song and it really speaks to my heart.

  2. Sharon Allred

    Leo Dodge said better than I can: “Thank you for revealing the gift of his lyrics to us. You have done him well, GOD Bless and keep up HIS work. . . .your music is out of this world.” And for making familiar hymns so beautifully new that we really listen! Thank you and God bless!

  3. Leo Dodge

    (Referred to me by Kelley Mooney) This is one of the most spritiuallly uplifting songs I’ve heard in my 69+ years on HIS earth. Thank you for revealing the gift of his lyrics to us. You have done him well, GOD Bless and keep up HIS work. Kelley was right …………. your music is out of this world.

    Leo Dodge
    Ellicott City, Maryland, USA

    PS. Will be trying to get our contemporary group at church to play/sing this and Kelley’s ‘Hallelujah’ .

  4. Rayburn Jack

    Sally, Thank you for making such beautiful music available. For your information, I am Randy Jack’s dad. They always speak so highly of you.
    Rayburn Jack

    • Sally DeFord

      They’re wonderful! And your grandkids are amazing musicians too. You can be very proud of them!

  5. Nancy Yoder

    Thank you so much for providing this wonderful music!

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