Never Once

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Is Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Driving north last night to meet my brother for dinner, God was lighting up the sky with His power. Is there anything in all creation that cries out like fire arcing the heavens? I gave thanks. My brother’s visit was a pleasant surprise all by itself and then the bolts came to brighten my world that much more.

Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons album has been the theme of this fall thus far. The title track, also known as Bless The Lord, ushered in our young adults’ retreat over Labor Day and streamed on to Asia with our team working there. Since returning and especially today, the theme song has faded to Never Once.

In beautiful fashion, it looks back to the Lord’s unceasing presence through our histories. Reflecting, we see Him now, though we sometimes despaired in the moment. Then on that foundation, we kneel to consecrate the active battlefield. The war is not over, but we are not abandoned. We have joy because the Lord of hosts is with us. And we declare that never once did we ever walk alone.

Scanning the horizon, we know that our greatest challenges may lie ahead. The darkness is foreboding, but there’s also light. “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light” (Psalm 36:9). Our legs may get knocked out from under us, but we will kneel. And when that too is taken, we will worship prostrate. If at last our heads are surrendered, then we will truly be victorious–we will be home.

The journey is long. With earthly vision it can seem impossible. But with heavenly eyes we see our Father running. He comes with blazing speed and carries us through the conflict. We are safe in His arms. And in the intermediate pastures and meadows, we bask in His warmth, rejoicing in His grace, until the storm returns and we are held again.

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