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In Christ Alone

I lift my eyes to the hills -

     where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

     the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

So states the Psalmist [Ps. 121:1 - 2].

 A modern day Christian singer / songwriter would agree.

 

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

this cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My comforter, my all in all,

here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

I would like to invite you to examine the lyrics of this wonderful praise item, composed by Stuart Townend, and grasp some of the great theological truths contained in this song.

The Psalmist and Stuart Townend have grasped the glorious fact that in god times, in average times, and in bad times such as we are experiencing at the moment, there is one glorious and unchanging truth: there is hope, true hope, and that hope is found in Christ alone!

Lockdowns, confinement to barracks, social distancing, isolation, restrictions on movement, the shutting down of church premises, none of these affect or limit Jesus the Christ, ‘Maker of heaven and earth’, God made flesh, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

In the midst of our current crisis it might seem hard to discern how God is in control, what the next wee while will bring, what society will be like when what passes for normality resumes.

BUT of one thing we can be sure God in Jesus the Christ never changes, he ‘is the same yesterday and today and for ever’ [Heb. 13:8], and he keeps all his promises, including each of the following:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” [Heb. 13:5b)]

“. . .  I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”   [Mtt. 28:20b)]

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”       [Jn. 14:27]

 

Yours in Christ,

Douglas

Download the study from the beginning here as a pdf

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