New Hymn: I Run to Christ

Greg Habegger and I have published a new hymn at It focuses on Christ’s gracious help in every challenge of life—from fear and fatigue to sorrow and sin. We pray it will glorify our Lord and encourage His people!



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Because God delights in worship that is biblical, thoughtful and passionate—what we often call intentional—please consider the following overview of the biblical texts and doctrinal themes behind the hymn I Run to Christ:

The Scriptures consistently point God’s people to Christ as the solution to all problems. Our Lord answers our greatest need by providing forgiveness and freedom from sin. But He helps with lesser needs, as well. He gives hope, comfort and rest to us when we are dealing with the multifaceted consequences of sin. He gives hope to the bereaved husband, joy to the depressed student, and strength to the weary mother as surely as He gives grace to the penitent sinner. Until Christ outlaws suffering at His return, He sustains us through it when we run to Him.

Verse 1a gives hope to the fearful. God is a refuge in trouble (Psalm 46, et al). He commands us not to let our hearts be troubled, but instead to believe in Him (John 14:1). His promises—and even more so His death in our place—provide courage and comfort in trials (cf Rom 8:32).

Verse 1b gives hope to the sorrowful. Christ provides peace that exceeds our understanding (Phil 4:7; John 14:27). In particular, we are encouraged to know that He can sympathize with each of our weaknesses since He shared them (Heb 4:14-15), including sorrow (John 11:35). More than encouragement, we find grace as we boldly seek God through Christ (Heb 4:16). Our Lord doesn’t end our sorrows, but He gives us joy in the midst of sadness (John 16:33).

Verse 2a gives hope to the weary. At times, our greatest burden isn’t a tragedy; it’s just life and its many challenges. Christ invites those who are weary and heavy laden to find rest in Him (Matthew 11:28).

Verse 2b gives hope to the oppressed. Satan’s hateful temptation and accusation of believers is a trial indeed (1 Pet 5:8; Rev 12:10). Yet, Scripture teaches that the Savior who indwells us is greater than the Devil (1 John 4:4). Satan is on a short leash; Christ’s authority over him is unquestioned (Luke 10:18), and His victory over him at Calvary is absolute (Heb 2;14). Because we are united to Christ, Satan must flee when we resist Him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9).

Verse 3a gives hope to the tempted. Because of Christ, we are no longer enslaved to sin (Rom 6). He faithfully provides us with a way of escape when tempted (1 Cor 10:13). Obedience is possible when we seek deliverance through Christ (Mat 6:13). He offers freedom, not only forgiveness.

Verse 3b gives hope to the ashamed. Though God enables and commands our obedience (1 John 2:1), He has graciously provided for our failures, as well (1 John 2:2). Our defense when accused of sin—even when justly so—is Jesus Christ, not our own sorrow, confession, or determination to do better. Jesus has suffered for sin as our propitiation, and He represents us before the Heavenly Father as our Advocate.

Whatever your need, run to Christ and find infinite help.


5 Responses

  1. Chris,

    Amazing song! I’ll be teaching the choir this song beginning this Sunday in order to sing in a few weeks, then we’ll make it a regular part of our song service. We have so enjoyed “His Robes for Mine” and sing it about once or twice a month.

    Do you have a choir arrangement for any of your hymns?


  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Matt! We do have two choral arrangements. My Jesus, Fair can be found here, and His Robes for Mine here. More are coming, by God’s grace.

  3. That’s great news. Thanks for the links. We will look forward to more of your hymns and more to be available in choral arrangements.

  4. The mp3 file seems to be broke. Can’t DL it for some reason. Wonderful theme though. Thanks.

  5. […] free, daily) has been just that for me.  Hymn texts like “In My Weakness” and “I Run to Christ“  as well as many old, familiar “friends” have strengthened […]

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