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Feb 2015

He Will Hold Me Fast

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:

Verse 1
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.

Verse 2
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.

Verse 3
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.

You can listen to He Will Hold Me Fast by watching the video below, and you can download a recording from Capitol Hill Baptist Church by going here.



Bob Park

February 14 2016 Reply

Just heard this for the first time today. A friend I admired died last week and I have thought of him from time to time these last few days. A man of great good will and humor and keen intelligence. A devoted family man.. When we grieve we feel at a loss, somehow the world is out of sorts, and we reach out for something to help us, to hang on to. This hymn touched my heart with a deep assurance. A sure comfort. He does hold us fast. Love does heal.

john harmer

June 3 2016 Reply

utterly magnificent! When I first heard it, the choir, organist and song leader and congregation, made the windows shudder.

Bob Small

July 15 2016 Reply

NOW, my very favorite song!

Carol Roth

July 18 2016 Reply

This has blessed me. We sang this in our church today and I had to look it up on the Internet
so I would be able to learn all the words. The second blessing was the history behind the hymn.
Boy do I love hymn history. My lineage on my Dad’s side was a Bradbury. William B Bradbury
wrote the music for “Jesus Loves Me” and “Just as I Am”. He wrote music to many others. He
Is my great, great uncle. I came to love hymn history from Alfred B Smith when I went to Tennessee
Temple Academy. The hymn ” In Christ Alone” is a favorite. “A favorite” because I cannot really pick one favorite hymn. I wrote a blog on this hymn a few weeks ago. I wrote too much because I really
got excited about hearing and reading the history. Thank you so very much.


August 7 2016 Reply

Our church teen group sang this hymn today and I was so very touched. I looked up the hymn and stumbled onto this version in YouTube. Very well done. Blessed to say the least.

Ron Raedeke

November 7 2016 Reply

This hymn has been very meaningful to me in my recovery from encephalitis. God speaks in music and lyrics.

Esson miller

September 3 2017 Reply

What are the guitar chords to this great hymn? Thank u.


February 26 2018 Reply

I wanted to cry when Alistair Begg quoted this old hymn on his radio broadcast today.
Praise God that Christ will hold us fast!

Susan Rees

April 22 2018 Reply

I love Jesus my Lord and Saviour Thank you for the history of this wonderful hymn l heard Robin Herd sing it and looked up the words and came to your page.
I have had asthma and chest infection and pulled a muscle in my back and can’t move by myself because l am disabled and can only move my arms so when I cough and get pain its quite frightening but when it cam after l read the words on your website l cried out for the Lord to hold me fast and He did l had such peace still coughing but a peace that passes understanding. Thank you for the recording. I live in Wales and I feel l have felt a touch of the Welsh Revival today. May Richly bless you.

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