Never Once Did We Ever Walk Alone

We always get a bit reflective when we get to the end of the year. And that’s okay because being reflective is often the beginning of gratitude.

I don’t know what sort of year you’ve had, but I’ve had an amazing year! I’ll do a full write-up on 31 December. But no matter what kind of year you’ve had, I want to share this song with you because I believe it speaks to everyone of us, no matter what course your journey took.

Here are the lyrics:

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
Was 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

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was 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
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

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

One of my favourite books of the Bible is Hebrews. I like it because the author interprets the Old Testament through the filter of the works and person of Jesus. It makes very clear what the New Covenant is all about.

Heb 13:5-6 says this:

… Be satisfied with your present circumstances … for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? (AMP)

After the author describes how Jesus became the once-and-for-all sacrifice for our sins and made us acceptable and righteous to God, he exhorts us to live up to our holy standing. But just in case you thought that anything you do might separate you from God, he quotes an Old Testament scripture affirming God’s promise never to leave us or forsake us.

How often have we been taught that when we sin, the presence of God somehow leaves us, or our communication lines with God becomes severed, or we cease to come under His protection?

But this passage makes it abundantly clear. God will never leave us. He will not! He will not! No matter what you do!

So take comfort! Even if your year has been a challenge, realise that God was in it and with you all the way. You were never alone! He knows what He is doing. He won’t let you down. He won’t relax His hold on you because He is a covenant-keeping God and our side of the covenant has been well and truly fulfilled in the person of Jesus!

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