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
This Sunday, we will be introducing a new hymn to our gathering, He Will Hold Me Fast. This hymn was written by Ada R. Habershon, and was originally set to music by Robert Harkness; however, we will be singing a new musical setting by Matthew Merker from Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Robert Harkness was a hymnwriter and composer in the early 1900’s. He attended a revival meeting in Canada and encountered a young man dealing with the fear that he would not be able to “hold out.” He had recently been saved, but was concerned that he could not “finish the race.” Mr. Harkness mentioned this man in a letter to Ada Habershon, and also mentioned the need for a song which would give “definite assurance of success in the Christian life.” Mrs. Habershon took that thought and inspiration, and wrote seven songs. One of them was He Will Hold Me Fast.
It is an amazing reminder that we have our hope and eternal security in a God who will not let us go. The love of Christ, evidenced by His sacrifice, assures us of this hope and truth. Regardless of what we’ve done or what we will do, Christ will hold us fast. There is nothing that can be done to pull His love from us. Here are the lyrics:
When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.
He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.
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.
For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was enough to satisfy the wrath of God and pay the debt that we could not afford. And this song reassures us of the scriptural truths that Christ’s sacrifice was once and for all on the cross; it was enough to cover the weight of our sin. We need this reminder today. We need to this reminder everyday. We need to be reminded that because of the gospel, our surety before the throne stands, and there is absolutely nothing that can pull us away from The love of Christ.