Today’s Illustration: Robert Harkness

1. When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail,
He can hold me fast!

Refrain:
He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
For my Savior loves me so,
He will hold me fast.

2. I could never keep my hold,
He must hold me fast;
For my love is often cold,
He must hold me fast. [Refrain]

3. I am precious in His sight,
He will hold me fast;
Those He saves are His delight,
He will hold me fast. [Refrain]

4. He’ll not let my soul be lost,
Christ will hold me fast;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast. [Refrain]

Robert Harkness (1880–1961) [2]

Robert Harkness was traveling one day with a very popular evangelist. Harkness was a piano player, a good one at that, and often helped the evangelist in his rally’s. One evening Harkness had a conversation with a young man, a new convert, who was nervous about persevering in the Christian life. The young man questioned whether he would have the power, faith, strength to run the race given to him until the final day when he would meet Jesus.  . . . Harkness left the conversation that evening with a burdened heart for men and women who felt this way. He wanted to give them hope. He wanted them to trust, not in themselves, but in their Christ. The one who had saved them. He wanted them not to let their assurance of salvation and glorification rest on their shoulders, but Christ’s shoulders!

When you fear your sanctification is progressing (or regressing) too slowly. When you fear as if your faith will fail. The mornings when the guilt of sin drowns your hope. The evenings when the doubts scream louder than your mind. And the nights, when you seek God but all you find is silence.” [3]

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen..

— Jude 1:24-25

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

— Philippians 1:6



1. http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/h/a/r/k/harkness_r.htm

2. https://www.hymnologyarchive.com/robert-harkness

3. https://www.weaponsofgrace.com/content/he-will-hold-you-fast

PDF Brief Bio — Robert Harkness and Ada R. Habershon

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