I recently made up a little scripture chorus for Hebrews 13:5 for our kids at church. This is an important message, especially in our generation where homes are too often split and confidence is fragile: “I will never leave thee.”
Do you realize that these familiar words from a hymn text are not merely artistic or poetic–they are quite literal:
The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.~John Rippon, 1787
I love hymn texts that are rich in scriptural accuracy. Here is what Elisabeth Elliott says about the scripture reference, Hebrews 13:5:
I will never, never, never, never, never (the Greek has five negatives) leave you or forsake you,” is his promise. At times we may be overcome with a feeling of helpless forsakenness. This is surely not from the loving Father, but from the father of lies. The best way to answer that “father” is the way Jesus answered when tempted by Satan: “It is written.” Take God’s own promise with its five negatives and hold on.