This week’s featured song story comes to us from Keith Getty and his co-writers Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Matt Merker and Jordan Kauflin. We’re excited to share with you the story behind their song “Christ Our Hope In Life And Death.”
“’Christ Our Hope In Life And Death’ is based off The Heidelburg catechism which is one of the oldest confessions of faith amidst the reformation. The first line is what is our only hope in life and death? And what that question attempts to do from the very beginning is to cast all of our hope on Christ, from first to last, in life and in death.” – Matt Boswell
From a basic common sense it’s the one thing we can all be sure of. I don’t know if I’m going to be rich or bankrupt, fat or slim, have grandkids or not, live till I’m old. Nobody knows. The only thing we all know though is we are going to die and Christianity answers that question so directly. – Keith Getty
It’s important that our songs be more than merely joyful or exciting. To tie the joy and excitement to the fact that we overcome through death, we overcome through suffering, we overcome through all these things that’s really what hope is. – Matt Papa
Click on the video below to hear Keith and his co-writers share the story. Scroll down to listen and read the full lyrics of the song.
“Christ Our Hope In Life And Death” – Single
“Christ Our Hope In Life And Death” Lyrics
What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to Him belong.
Who holds our days within His hand?
What comes, apart from His command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand.
O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.
What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good.
Where is His grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer’s blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?
Unto the grave, what shall we sing?
“Christ, He lives; Christ, He lives!”
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with Him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord,
Then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy,
When Christ is ours forevermore.