New Song at Oak Park: He Will Hold Me Fast

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This Sunday at Oak Park we'll be singing a new song; He Will Hold Me Fast. This old hymn was originally written in the late 1800’s by Ada Habershon, a personal friend of Charles Spurgeon. Though lost to most hymnals, in 2013 it was rediscovered by Matt Merker, a worship leader at Capital Hill Baptist Church. Matt refreshed and expanded the hymn resetting it to another old hymn tune.

Matt writes, “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.”

Every Christian faces deep trials in life when we question our faith. I chose to add this song to the worship library at Oak Park because it addresses these doubts head on with the promises of God. It is right and good to sing about how trouble finds us all, and even our hope for salvation in it, but this particular song gives even more, pointing us to the promise that God will hold those he saves. I hope this song ministers to your heart as we add it to our worship repertory. Please enjoy the links and listen a few times this week to prepare your hearts and minds to sing this new song Sunday.