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I'm So Glad

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1 I’m so glad Jesus lifted me.
I’m so glad Jesus lifted me.
I’m so glad Jesus lifted me,
singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.

2 Satan had me bound; Jesus lifted me.
Satan had me bound; Jesus lifted me.
Satan had me bound; Jesus lifted me,
singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.

3 When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me.
When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me.
When I was in trouble, Jesus lifted me,
singing glory, hallelujah! Jesus lifted me.

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Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

The Old Testament references to God’s rescue and our gratitude are found in Psalm 116 and similar expressions.

New Testament instances of such experiences are found in instances such as Mark 1:40-45, and 2:1-12; Luke 7:11-17 and 8:40-56, and John 11:17-47.

Paul’s own testimony is found in Galatians 1:11-24.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Voicing our thankfulness is the theme of this songs and the theme of Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2, which professes that God’s children can “live and die in the joy of this comfort,” when we know our sin and misery, know how we are set free in Christ, and especially know “how I am to thank God for such deliverance.”


Similarly, Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86 leads us to confess that our whole lives will “show that we are thankful to God for his benefits.”


This spirit is reinforced by Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 6 with its personal profession, “We rejoice in the goodness of God...”


I'm So Glad

Composer Information

A native of Philadelphia, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton (b. 1953) began playing the piano at the age of two and began her studies at the age of five. By the time she was nine, she was accompanying her renowned musical family, The Singing Simpsons of Philadelphia, in public performances. She graduated from Temple University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Voice and was recently honored with an award and recognition for her distinguished career and contributions in the field of music.
Curenton has worked with some of the music industry's best. She was commissioned to do arrangements for the Carnegie Hall concert featuring Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the Chorus and Orchestra of New York's acclaimed Metropolitan Opera. Several orchestras and ensembles have performed her works such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, and The U.S. Marine Band. Distinguished musicians like the late Duke Ellington, George Shirley, her late sister and Naumberg winner Joy Simpson, Hubert Laws, Denyce Graves, John Blake, Angela Brown of the Metropolitan Opera, Janice Chandler-Eteme, and David Murray have also performed her works. Her music can be found on several recordings, including her own. "Reflections" is her most recent studio recording.
Curenton contributed several of her hymn arrangements to the acclaimed African American Heritage Hymnal, with songs ranging from pre-Civil War music to contemporary music. She can be heard regularly at the Third Street Church of God or Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
— Evelyn Simpson Curenton (

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