Painting: He Will Hold Me Fast
This painting has a sweet story. It was commissioned by a friend for his wife, and he chose the song He Will Hold Me Fast because it carries a lot of significance for the two of them.
And, my goodness, it is a beautiful song.
“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.”
I’ve been reading in Exodus lately, and it is overwhelmingly clear throughout, the covenant did not rest on the people of Israel. It couldn’t have.
They dropped the ball too many times. They saw the mighty hand of God move over and over on their behalf. They saw Him split the sea in two; they watched as He provided for their every need. And…they complained. They forgot His deliverance, doubted His goodness, and ultimately rebelled against Him.
And yet, God did not abandon them. Even looking back to Abraham, God set it all up so that the covenant rested on Himself. He was faithful, even though the people were not.
And while the Israelites actions are appalling, altogether it’s also encouraging, in a way. Because….if I’m honest, I’m a whole lot like the Israelites. I forget so quickly. I fall into the same sins over and over. My love is often cold, my faith so dreadfully weak.
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13
The good news of the Gospel is that, for we who have trusted in Christ, our deliverance rests on His shoulders.
So when you and I mess up….
Or when the waves around us are really big and our faith cowers before them…God does not leave us at the mercy of the waves. Or even at the mercy of our own sin.
He has not left us alone.
So let this be our song, the blazing hope that carries us through the night: Our God is faithful.