A Song for Someone who Needs to Be Held
I held him in that chair. Every night, for what felt like forever, I cradled him close as we rocked.
All the books said, “Put him down, he will learn to soothe himself,” but this child never did and never will live by those books. This one needed to be held.
If this mother, who is imperfect in every way, knows her child needs to be held, how much more does our Father in Heaven know when we need His arms wrapped around us.
There was a song we sang in my church when I was a child. I didn’t know then that the words were inspired by a psalm.
Many years later, after becoming fully alive in Jesus, I heard it again. I couldn’t stop the flow of tears as the seeds planted in my heart through a song decades before, bloomed into the gut and gospel truth I had come to live by.
I lived these lyrics and I still live them as I find my refuge in Him.
The song goes like this:
You would dwell in the shelter of the lord
who abides in his shadow for life
Say to the lord, "My refuge"
"My rock in whom I trust"
And he will raise you up
on eagle's wings
Bear you on
the breath of dawn
make you to shine like the sun
and hold you in the palm of his hand
You need not fear
the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day
though thousands fall around you
Near you, it shall not come
Shane and Shane have recorded a beautiful version of this song. Listen below to sing along.