This past weekend I rediscovered (more like stumbled across and was pleasantly surprised by) a hymn that I’ve known since I was a child—“I Know Whom I Have Believed.” No organ this time, just Joshua and Jordan on acoustics (we found a great arrangement if you would like the guitar chords).
Regardless of how it sounded 40 years ago or just 4 days ago, the truth remains the same. Jesus Christ, my great Savior and Lord whom I know—better yet who knows me—keeps and sustains me according to His grace and for His purpose. Christ will see me through until the work is completed and I see Him face-to-face. The truth found in 2 Timothy 1, is what the hymn writer, Daniel Whittle, based his thoughts on as he wrote these lyrics. We are to be dogged in guarding the good deposit entrusted to us and all the while remain confident and hopeful to the end that it is ultimately not we who labor but the Lord who works in and through us. He will build His Church. He will come again for His Bride. Here are the words to “I Know Whom I Have Believed.”
I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But “I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.
I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.