Coming off of a tumultuous 2020, it came more apparent to me that the Lord is truly the ONLY sustaining thing in our lives. No parent, spouse, sibling or friend can fill a void that is only meant for the Lord is fill.
With that being said, my journey with the Lord hasn’t been perfect. It has been far from what I wanted it to be if I’m being completely transparent. Between COVID shutting down most church services two months after we moved to Asheville and not being the most diligent in my personal time with the Lord, my faith has taken a hit.
Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.
Sitting in a local coffee shop on my day off not too long ago, however, ‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ happened to scroll through the Shane and Shane hymns playlist I was listening to at the time.
Hymns have always been my speed of worship and I have loved the amount of truth packed into each song. The minute I stopped to listen to this particular song, however, I stopped what I was doing and just listened, simply in awe of how much the Lord’s nurturing nature.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain. – Hebrews 6:19
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.JUDE 24-25
‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ reflects on the wonderful truth that God continuously watches over and sustains our faith. Scripture is clear about this saving grace:
‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ proclaims a hope that surpasses our weakness.
With our weaknesses continually before us, it’s easy to believe that one day they will certainly nullify our faith. We need to drill it into our hearts and minds that God is the one who sustains our faith. Habershon repeats the phrase “Christ/He will hold me fast” over 18 times to emphasize this truth and lodge it into the deepest chambers of our hearts.
When we settle our souls on the truth that Christ alone keeps us, we can believe the doctrine of justification by faith alone more fully. It’s one thing to agree with Paul that God saves us, not our works (Eph. 2:6). It’s another thing to believe it’s also God who keeps us. If we don’t do the saving in the first place, why would we think we do the keeping?
Verse one fixates on Christ keeping us through our fears, the turns of life, our temptations, and the weakness of our desires for God:
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path
For my love is often cold
He must hold me fast
Verse two tackles the question of the security of our souls:
He’ll not let my soul be lost
His promises shall last
Bought by Him at such a cost
He will hold me fast
The bedrock of our eternal safety is Christ’s sacrifice. As the logic goes in Romans 8:32, how will God let us go if he paid for us with his own blood?
Verse three moves further still into the realm of Christ’s return and His safekeeping of our souls until that day. It also features the hope of the finished work of Christ and the closed case of our righteousness through the One who bore our guilt and paid our penalty.
For my life He bled and died
Justice has been satisfied
Raised with Him to endless life
Till our faith is turned to sight
When he comes at last
Take a moment today to truly listen to the lyrics if you haven’t before. It is a powerful hymn that has reminded me more times than not that the Lord is constantly fighting for us. Let it resonate with you as you go about your day today and rejoice in His goodness.
‘He Will Hold Me Fast’ is a reminder that God is in control, is trustworthy and will keep His children in His arms into endless life.
For anyone who is struggling with navigating their faith or have endurance through trials, this song can be used today as it was originally: to encourage the believer with full assurance that what God starts, He finishes.
Not only will God keep his people, but he delights in doing so. Not only does he hold us fast, but he does so with great joy. There is no safer place to be in the universe than hidden with Jesus in the heart of God’s delight.
He began a work in you and is looking to complete that work. Our sins may be many but His mercy is more. He is persistent in pursing His children and keeping us accountable. Rest in the fact that He is fighting for you, always. Taste and see that the Lord is good, y’all, because He is the ultimate sustainer. Happy Sunday!