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Without You Holding My Hand

I’ve always liked southern gospel. The singing and type of music alone I enjoy, but the lyrics are my favorite part. They never fail to express a simple truth in a way that anyone and everyone can grasp on to.

I thought number one would surely be me, I thought I could be what I wanted to be. I thought I could build on life’s sinking sand, but now I can’t even walk without you holding my hand. 

This song recently appeared on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. The first time I heard it, the opening stanza almost had me thinking it was a love song. But really, it is a love song, as all praise songs are. It’s proclaiming a connection and love so deep that it makes life livable.

I thought I could build on life’s sinking sand. This hits home. This rings so true for me, because this is exactly what I try to do. Repetitively, over and over, I make all the moves to sustain my own life. I set my foundation on what I can grasp onto and what I can control. But that is sinking sand. That is no place for a foundation to be built.

I thought I could do a lot on my own. I thought I could make it all alone. I thought of myself as a mighty big man, but Lord I can’t even walk without you holding my hand. 

A big ‘ole dose of humble pie. I love the Lord, but I still try to do it all by myself. I forget to rely on him. I think I achieve things, I think I can be successful. And I fall flat on my butt way too often because of just that. Because I’m trying to walk on the shakiest of legs, when there’s a hand right by my side.

Oh Lord, I can’t even walk without you holding my hand. The mountain’s too high, and the valley’s too wide. Down on my knees, that’s where I learned to stand. Oh Lord, I can’t even walk without you holding my hand.

Because really? Who can handle the challenges life throws their way? I know I’m not alone in this, I know others struggle too. And I know that life makes the most sense, that I feel the most certain when it’s worn-in knees that are holding me up. Down on my knees, that’s where I learned to stand. My steps are the surest when I let him join me in my walk.

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  • Megan

    I love how God can speak to us in all sorts of ways. Just this morning I was listening to a podcast (Have you heard of the Glorious in the Mundane podcast?) and it was exactly the encouragement that I needed to hear. It made me cry to know that God hears my prayers and wants me to know His love.

  • Oh man, this is the story of my life. Always trying to control everything and do everything myself. And somehow I’m surprised when I fall/mess up/do things imperfectly. This sounds like a great song.