Have Faith in God

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(excerpt from the book, "Run to Win," p. 168)

The next day, Thursday, July 18, I was once again on the platform at University Baptist Church, the place where ten months earlier I had watched my wife walk down the aisle between twelve trumpeters play- ing a majestic fanfare. The two events were similar in that hundreds of family members and friends were present. But that’s where the com- parison ended.

This day, I sat alone at the piano. On the floor in front of the stage was Graham’s casket. Placing my hands on the keys, I played an arrange- ment of “Have Faith in God.” It was a week in which an onslaught had occurred, and I was searching for answers. I tried to find comfort in the text of this hymn, especially the third verse:

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

In actuality I had already begun questioning my faith, and my arrangement expressed it. Rather than beginning confidently on the tonic chord like most songs, it began weakly on the fourth. The tonic, musically speaking, is the sound of strength. It’s the chord that, once you hear it at the end of a piece of music, tells you the song has come to an end and you can go home satisfied. If you don’t hear the tonic chord within a reasonable amount of time after the start of the music, the music begins to grate on your nerves. The first tonic chord in this arrangement didn’t appear until the eighth measure. In fact the tonic made a grand total of four appearances in the entire piece, one of which was a single note played for a brief, fleeting moment. A single note doesn’t communicate strength either.
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Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely.
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Refrain:
Have faith in God, He's on His throne,
Have faith in God, He watches over His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail,
Have faith in God, Have faith in God.

Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered,
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the lord, trust His word and be patient,
Have faith in God. He'll answer yet.

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

Have faith in God though all else fall about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own:
He cannot fail though all kingdoms shall perish.
He rules. He reigns upon His throne.
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from Run to Win (Soundtrack), released October 1, 2012
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© Copyright 1934. Renewed 1962 Broadman Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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