Resolved to Memorize- In Christ Alone

"In Christ alone, my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song." Thus begins one of the most beloved modern hymns of our generation. The concept of Christ alone flows from every corner of scripture. The phrase is also commonly associated with the Protestant Reformation of 1517 as one of the five Solas. Solus Christus (Christ Alone) joins Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (Glory of God Alone) as the pillars of the reformational doctrine of the time. These foundational truths magnify God's grace, sovereignty, and purposeful hand in salvation.

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.

 

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