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Piece of Clay - Job 33:6
Sometimes I do not mind getting a song stuck in my head. This week I have been replaying the same tune over and over but instead of it driving me crazy, it is bringing me comfort. In the late 1880s during a RA Torrey revival in Toronto, a young man asked a counselor if Christ would indeed, “See him through”. Ms. Ada Habershon of London, England, was asked to put together a hymn that would ring comfort to such questions. She penned the words to a little-known hymn in our time entitled He Will Hold Me Fast. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
When I fear my faith will fail, He 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.
What a joyous comfort for a sinner like myself to hear that as much squirming as I am able to do, as attractive as my worst sins can become, as much pain as I can inflict on my own soul. What peace I have in humming these words – My Savior loves me so and will indeed hold me tightly. You and I need to be reminded of just how good the gospel is. It was good the day we were saved and it is just as good now. He has grasped us. He holds us. He refuses to loosen His grip on us. This truth alone makes the gospel worthy of our attention.
I recently spoke at a church and I gave that congregation a homework assignment. I challenged them to replay in their mind’s eye the day they were saved. Who was present? Where were you? What led up to that moment? We need to revisit that story often. Not for emotion’s sake but for goodness sake. It is a good reminder for us all that through every circumstance, through every day, Christ is holding us fast just as He always has.
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!
YouTube the hymn title to get the tune. May God get it stuck deep in your head today!