I Run to Christ

I RUN TO CHRIST (Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Greg Habegger)

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I run to Christ when chased by fear
And find a refuge sure.
“Believe in me,” His voice I hear;
His words and wounds secure.

I run to Christ when torn by grief
And find abundant peace.
“I too had tears,” He gently speaks;
Thus joy and sorrow meet.

I run to Christ when worn by life
And find my soul refreshed.
“Come unto Me,” He calls through strife;
Fatigue gives way to rest.

I run to Christ when vexed by hell
And find a mighty arm.
“The Devil flees,” the Scriptures tell;
He roars, but cannot harm.

I run to Christ when stalked by sin
And find a sure escape.
“Deliver me,” I cry to Him;
Temptation yields to grace.

I run to Christ when plagued by shame
And find my one defense.
“I bore God’s wrath,” He pleads my case—
My Advocate and Friend.

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I RUN TO CHRIST DOCTRINAL NOTES (by Chris Anderson)

Because God delights in worship that is biblical, thoughtful and passionate—what we often call intentional—please consider the following overview of the biblical texts and doctrinal themes behind the hymn I Run to Christ:

The Scriptures consistently point God’s people to Christ as the solution to all problems. Our Lord answers our greatest need by providing forgiveness and freedom from sin. But He helps with lesser needs, as well. He gives hope, comfort and rest to us when we are dealing with the multifaceted consequences of sin. He gives hope to the bereaved husband, joy to the depressed student, and strength to the weary mother as surely as He gives grace to the penitent sinner. Until Christ outlaws suffering at His return, He sustains us through it when we run to Him.

Verse 1a gives hope to the fearful. God is a refuge in trouble (Psalm 46, et al). He commands us not to let our hearts be troubled, but instead to believe in Him (John 14:1). His promises—and even more so His death in our place—provide courage and comfort in trials (cf Rom 8:32).

Verse 1b gives hope to the sorrowful. Christ provides peace that exceeds our understanding (Phil 4:7; John 14:27). In particular, we are encouraged to know that He can sympathize with each of our weaknesses since He shared them (Heb 4:14-15), including sorrow (John 11:35). More than encouragement, we find grace as we boldly seek God through Christ (Heb 4:16). Our Lord doesn’t end our sorrows, but He gives us joy in the midst of sadness (John 16:33).

Verse 2a gives hope to the weary. At times, our greatest burden isn’t a tragedy; it’s just life and its many challenges. Christ invites those who are weary and heavy laden to find rest in Him (Matthew 11:28).

Verse 2b gives hope to the oppressed. Satan’s hateful temptation and accusation of believers is a trial indeed (1 Pet 5:8; Rev 12:10). Yet, Scripture teaches that the Savior who indwells us is greater than the Devil (1 John 4:4). Satan is on a short leash; Christ’s authority over him is unquestioned (Luke 10:18), and His victory over him at Calvary is absolute (Heb 2;14). Because we are united to Christ, Satan must flee when we resist Him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9).

Verse 3a gives hope to the tempted. Because of Christ, we are no longer enslaved to sin (Rom 6). He faithfully provides us with a way of escape when tempted (1 Cor 10:13). Obedience is possible when we seek deliverance through Christ (Mat 6:13). He offers freedom, not only forgiveness.

Verse 3b gives hope to the ashamed. Though God enables and commands our obedience (1 John 2:1), He has graciously provided for our failures, as well (1 John 2:2). Our defense when accused of sin—even when justly so—is Jesus Christ, not our own sorrow, confession, or determination to do better. Jesus has suffered for sin as our propitiation, and He represents us before the Heavenly Father as our Advocate.

Whatever your need, run to Christ and find infinite help.

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