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Songs for around a hospital bed...


Songs for around a hospital bed...

A few people have noticed a recent tweet from Kevin DeYoung...

Kevin put this challenge to us at the Sovereign Grace WorshipGod Conference last year in a sermon from 2 Cor 4 about being faithful to prepare...prepare people in our churches for suffering and death by pointing to the "absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory" that lies ahead of us.  If this question has challenged you as well, can I suggest listening to the rest of the talk.  (The rest of the talks are great as can find them all linked here)  It impacted me deeply, and I really wanted to respond with some songs that might play this role.

At the end of his talk, he quoted the first point of the Heidelberg confession - it seem to be the perfect framework for such a song...

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own,
but belong—
body and soul,
in life and in death—
to my faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.
— Heidelberg Catechism - Q & A 1

Who is our strength?

Verse 1

Who is our strength, our comfort sure? 

Who in the shadows will sustain?

Our only hope in life and death

Is that our Saviour's love remains

For through His blood He satisfied

Our every debt of shame and sin

So now our lives are not our own

But heart and soul are Christ our King's

Verse 2

No condemnation now we fear

The lies of Satan hold no power

Though once enslaved by sins deceit

The righteousness of Christ now ours

No height or depth, nor life or death

Can separate us from his love

And not a hair fall from our heads

Outside the will of God above

Verse 3

Come, Holy Spirit, breathe within

Assure us of eternal life

The rich inheritance prepared

For the beloved bride of Christ

Until that day, when You return

Come to redeem those whom you own

Renew our minds, restore our souls

So we may live for You alone

Until that day, with all the saved

We fall in awe before your throne

Renew our minds, restore our souls

So we may live for You alone

Who is our strength? Copyright © Trevor Hodge 2014 

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Don't just be a a Patron!


Don't just be a a Patron!

Over the next few days, I'm going to be uploading a few new songs - you'll be able to check them out and download charts and lyrics at  But if some of my songs have been a blessing to you, I wonder whether you'd consider becoming a Patron?  Through Patreon, rather than purchasing a product - a recording of the song (which fewer people do these days with the convenience of Spotify, Pandora etc) - you can support the person and the process, so I can dedicate more time to writing songs that you can use in your churches.  If that sounds intriguing, then spare a minute to check out this video that explains how it all works....

I would love to have you on the team!  You can check out more on my Patreon page, or comment or email me if you'd like to know more...