Help My Unbelief

The following is a guest post from Scott Johnson, The Crossing’s Director of Worship.

I’ve been reading through the gospels over the past few months and in my study I was really struck by how much the promises of gospel are linked to our belief Christ.

John 6:35 – “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Jesus places a huge emphasis on our trust, our faith and our belief in Him. So, I’ve been taking some time to think and pray about how much I really do believe in Christ for all things. Am I trusting in Christ’s perfect will, His wisdom and His faithfulness for my life or am I believing in my own ability (or should I say inability) to make life work out the way that I think it should?

As I’ve been wrestling with that question I find myself identifying more and more with the father in Mark chapter 9 who said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

My heart struggles to believe the promises of Christ and my guess it’s a struggle for all of us.

The song we sang this past Sunday, “Help My Unbelief” is a song that has helped me to put into words what’s true of my heart and has served as a helpful prayer throughout my day. I’ve posted the lyrics below because I think the song can be an encouragement to our whole church. I invite you to meditate on the lyrics during your quiet time and download the song from iTunes to listen to throughout the week. Allow the lyrics and melody to take root in your heart as you ask for God’s grace to believe more and more in His faithfulness.

Help My Unbelief
Words: John Newton (1725-1807), Music: Clint Wells (2005)
Taken from the Gadsby Hymnal #278
Recording by Red Mountain Church
From the album “Help My Unbelief”

I know the Lord is nigh,
and would but cannot pray,
for Satan meets me when I try
and frights my soul away.
And frights my soul away.

I would but can’t repent,
though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can ne’er relent
till Jesus makes it soft.
Till Jesus makes it soft.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

I would but cannot love,
though wooed by love divine;
No arguments have pow’r to move
a soul as base as mine.
A soul as base as mine.

I would but cannot rest
in God’s most holy will;
I know what he appoints is best
and murmur at it still.
I murmur at it still.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

(As quick note, every week we post an order of worship that has a list of songs, scripture and videos that we use in the service. Each song has a link to the original recordings of the songs in iTunes. The songs we sing help us to meditate on scriptural truth about God and in singing them, help us to go deeper in our affections for him. If you would like to subscribe to a feed to receive the song list via e-mail, follow the link below. You will also find links that will take you to The Crossing’s song pages on iTunes.)

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