The following post is the first of a series of blogs we’re calling ‘Powerlines’ where hymns and songs we sing on Sunday mornings are discussed.
He Will Hold Me Fast is a hymn that I believe many of us connect and resonate with. It is a great reminder of God’s sovereign love over our salvation and faith through trials and in spite of our temptations and shortcomings. However, for me there are two lines that have been especially powerful as of late.
Those He saves are His delight
Christ will hold me fast
Precious in His holy sight
He will hold me fast
These lyrics remind me of a truth that I often forget. God doesn’t just love me, He also likes me. Perhaps it’s the latent legalist in me, but too often do I see God’s delight in me as being based on personal performance. I know God will always love me, but I often feel like God likes me more or less based on my performance that day. Yes, when I start to fall away He will hold me fast, but my heart tells me it is more out of duty, like a disappointed parent, than out of love and delight.
However, the reminder that “those he saves are His delight” tells a different story. Christ did not just dutifully offer himself up for salvation but instead “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” (Heb 12:2). Christ went to the cross because He found joy in glorifying His father and Himself, but also because He found joy in those He was saving. Christ does not view continually drawing us to Himself as an annoying inconvenience done begrudgingly, but instead He delights in His precious bride that He has won for Himself.
Does this mean God is not grieved by our sin? Of course not. However, consider this, God could have instantly made us sinless at the moment of our salvation, but in His infinite wisdom He chose not to. Therefore, somehow God is more glorified and delighted in our struggles of sanctification. His plan is that He will hold us fast as we cling all the more tightly to Him, learning to delight in Him as He delights in us.