Assurance is a subject that every Christian will deal with. Yesterday’s Hymn of the Day: Hymn of the Day: Blessed Assurance helps the believer set their eyes on the Savior for that assurance. Today’s Hymn of the Day will do the same.
He Will Hold Me Fast was originally written by Ada Habershon and Getty Music has brought it back into the Church with new music and a few new words. This is one of the joys of the age that we live in today! When an old forgotten hymn, by most, is brought back to life. No one does this better than Getty Music or Sovereign Grace Music. This hymn just so happens to be brought back by Getty!
Matt Merker has done a wonderful job making the words of this great hymn into a beloved song of the faith for my home church. Here is what he has to say about the song:
From Matt Merker:
A member of our church had sent the original words to “He Will Hold Me Fast” to me and our senior pastor, suggesting that this could be a good song for us to learn as a church. I forgot about the song for a while, but later pulled it out again when I was walking through a difficult personal season of doubt and uncertainty. I was wrestling with the hard questions of the faith and struggling to place my trust in the enduring power of God’s preserving grace. John Piper’s sermon from T4G 2012 on Jude vv. 20-25 was a lifeline for me, and Jude 24 became an anchor for my soul in that trying time: “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy…” It was at this time that I was beginning to try my hand at writing new tunes for old texts, mainly as a personal devotional exercise to help aid my own soul in seeking Christ. I pulled out “He Will Hold Me Fast” again and the words ministered to me deeply. I wanted to see the resurrection and return of Christ featured in the lyrics, since our hope is guaranteed by the reality that Christ has risen and is coming again.
What amazing assurance we have in Christ! When we fear we will stumble, Christ is there to hold us up. When Satan seems to prevail in our lives, Christ is there to keep us to Himself. When we let go of him, Christ’s grip strengthens still. We are precious in his sight and will never let our souls be lost, for Christ will hold us fast. His precious promises never run out on us because they were bought for us at such a price. He bled and died for us. God’s justice has been satisfied on the cross. We have been raised with him to everlasting life! We can wait for his return in hope since Christ holds us fast.
Here is Matt Merker’s version:
Ada Habershon’s version: