Why We Sing: He Will Hold Me Fast
“Why We Sing” is a new weekly blog series sharing why we use the songs we do in our worship gathering. Our hope is that this will help you engage more deeply with your heart, mind, and body in worshipping God through these songs.
“37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.” John 6:37-39
“He Will Hold Me Fast” is a hymn written by Ada R. Habershon in the early 1900’s and update by Matthew Merker in 2013. This song was suggested by one of our church members, Nathan Bautista. He showed us the version recorded by the Norton Hall Band and we were quickly drawn to it.
“He Will Hold Me Fast” speaks to our doubt and struggles to hold onto Christ and trust that it is His work, not our own that holds us securely in His love. Often when we in or walk away from God, we believe that we need to clean ourselves up or get a hold of our sinful behavior before running to Christ. This is really just a version of attempting to do penance for our sin, to make it up to God. The truth of scripture is that there is no way to change our sinful hearts and actions apart from Christ. Only by running to Him do we have any hope of change and only because Christ holds us are we safe to change. We are able to grow in Christian maturity and obedience because we are confident in the work of Christ, that even though we fail, He never does.
“He Will Hold Me Fast” is a good song for us to sing because it reminds us that our salvation, our security, and our ability to persevere in obedience to Christ, comes from His work of holding us fast to Him. It draws our attention away from our own good works and failures and instead fixes our security in the truth that what God holds He doesn’t let go.
- Matt Oakes, Music Pastor