worship

I love hymns. I love their depth and truth and richness. I love the fact that when we sing hymns we are singing songs that believers have sung for hundreds of years to the same God. I have a long spiel about how most contemporary worship songs today don’t explicitly state the Gospel or even mention God (in my opinion, if a worship song could also be sung as love song to your boyfriend then I don’t think it should be considered a worship song), but I’ll stop myself and save you from reading a rant.

Bottom line. The songs we sing cannot be vague and imprecise because worship cannot be vague and imprecise. We are worshipping a specific person who has saved us in a specific way. Therefore, worship should magnify our view of God by highlighting His characteristics and His work of salvation through Christ. I mean, that is the reason why we worship, right?!

So. Every Monday I’m going to start sharing a hymn here. I’ll choose songs that are rich with meaning and Gospel truth in the hope that they will spur you to deeper knowledge of the Lord’s character and deeper worship of the Lord for who He is.

I also have a playlist on Spotify that you’re welcome to follow that I’ll regularly update with some of my favorite hymns and worship songs:

 

The first hymn I’m sharing is one of my favorites for so many reasons. Matthew and I sang this hymn with our friends and family at our wedding in August as a proclamation of our trust in the Lord to sustain us as we made a lifelong commitment to one another. It was written in the early 1900s by Ada Habershon and it is a beautiful reminder of the assurance that we have through the sufficient work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It points to God as the author of our salvation and the sustainer of our faith. It is a song that I have clung to in some of my darkest moments, and I hope that it provides hope to you as well.

He Will Hold Me Fast

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

Chorus:
He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior 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

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

 

 

 

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