Learning a New Song: “I Set My Hope on Jesus”

Matt Boswell and Matt Papa recently released a new song as part of their third volume of hymns Our God Will Go Before Us. In discussion about the song “I Set My Hope on Jesus (Hymn for a Deconstructing Friend)”, the authors described the tune as being “for the doubters, the skeptics, the hurting,” and went on to say, “maybe we are that person.” We all need our faith to be affirmed, and one great way to do this, is to sing the Gospel. Singing affects our souls more deeply than most practices, and singing in a congregation affirms our faith in a way that only happens when the body of Christ comes together in fellowship (affirmed by Paul in Ephesians 5:19-21). As we prepare to sing this new hymn together, still basking in the comfort of our recent celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, take time to listen to “I Set My Hope on Jesus” while reflecting on words taken from the Scriptures.

Psalm 33:20-22:

Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

Psalm 40:1-4:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes
    the Lord his trust,

Hebrews 12:1-2:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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