Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

 

   

Run

 

Background

This song was written by Bob Hauch for the 2009-2010 school year for St. John's Lutheran School.  The school theme that year was "Run," based on Hebrews 12:1-2.

In those verses, the Christian life is depicted as a race.  Along the way, there are obstacles that entangle and hinder our progress.  The writer mentions sin in particular.  We are to throw off those obstacles, and run, encouraged by the cloud of witnesses that surround us.  In Hebrews 11, the writer lists those witnesses, the saints who have come before, whose example inspires us to run with steadfast determination.

The greatest help for this race, though, is in fixing our gaze on Christ, who has completed his race, and waits for us with the crown of victory at the finish line.

This song makes use of the race metaphor to encourage faithful perseverance in living the Christian life.  Listening to the "wisdom of the ones who've gone before" and ignoring the "crowd," we run, knowing that our Lord is by our side.

Bob Hauch was in the final year of his race when he wrote this song.  The encouragement to perseverance and faithfulness takes on special poignancy in light of what he was going through.  In many ways, this song encapsulates so much of Bob's approach to his illness, and his approach to all of life.  Please read through the words, listen to the song, with Bob's struggle and victory in mind.

For the recording, the song is sung by Steve Jeffery, a member of the St. John's Worship band, whose three daughters graduated from St. John's Lutheran School.

Bible Verses

Hebrews 12:1-2, John 1:3-5, James 1:17

Themes

Life in Christ, Faithfulness, Suffering, Eternal Life, Sanctification

 

Lyrics

Verse 1
You've got to be ready when it's time to start
Focus your mind, stretch your soul, train your heart
Listen to the wsdom of the ones who've gone before 
As you take your place, set your pace,
Know what you're running for

Chorus
Run! Run with all your might
Out of darkness into light
Run the race that's set before you
By God, who is always at your side
Running with you stride for stride
He will take you to the finish line
In His good time
So Run!

Verse 2
Keep your eyes stready, fix them on the goal
just stay the course, you can't change what you can't control
Following the crowd will get you caught up in the pack
So hold your head high, pass them by, no reason to look back

Verse 3
Your race may seem easy or it may be hard
More hurdles to clear, hills to climb, the end seems so far
But faith in the Promise will put you on the vict'ry stand
Your crown's been won by God's own Son
The race is in His hands