Friday, June 03, 2011

Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go"--A Slight Correction, or Maybe not so Slight

Yesterday I posted Matt Redman's song, "You Never Let Go," and said that it's been helping me hang on amidst the storm, and would probably do the same for you. However, the more I've thought about how I said what I said the more I realized that I--as usual--got it backwards. It's not that the song is helping me hold on to God but rather that the song is helping me remember that God is holding on to me. It's God that will "never let go" of me and in this is my hope, and in this is the hope of all who believe in Jesus Christ.

"My [Jesus'] sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one" (John 10:27-30).

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, 'For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:28-39).

Amen. Praise be to Him who is holding on to us and will never let go!

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