Resolved to Memorize- In Christ Alone
The beginning and end of this song speak of the hope we have in Christ. This hope extends beyond the day to day needs we face, although I believe it does include those things. The hope mentioned in verse 1 encourages us to rest on Christ amidst trials and suffering. This hope continues into verses two and three and points us to our spiritual life of justification and sanctification. Finally, we are confronted with the hope of eternal life, secured under the reign of Christ.
This modern hymn is only 13 years old, but it has woven itself into the fabric of many denominations and traditions. It works as a call to worship, a closing song of commitment, a song to celebrate the Lord's table, or just a general song of praise. Some of my fondest memories of worship include singing this song with a few thousand fellow pastors at Together for the Gospel, singing it at churches visited on a missions trip, or just belting it out as I drive around town. If you haven't heard or sung this song, I would encourage you to do so. It is well worth your time because it "fixes our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)
If you'd like to see the music I'm memorizing just click on the pictures below. This copy includes an instrumental interlude and a keychange for the final verse.