Just Hold on to the Promises
By Phil Martin
May 12, 2013
My mind has been playing an encouraging song over the past week or so.
“Promises” is the very song I’m writing of, performed by Christian band Sanctus Real.
I’ve felt that listening to this song has kept me focused on God, biblical truths, and the positives of life. Focusing on these things is important for me in the long run, especially as I begin spending my summer in Colorado with Christian friends from college.
I first heard “Promises” playing on the local K-love radio affiliate, as I drove back home from college over a week ago. “Promises” is also the first song I heard by Sanctus Real. I recall the band performing at my university’s concert event in Aug. 2012, but I never recognized the band.
Although I had little knowledge of Sanctus Real, I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing “Promises.” Each time I’ve replayed the song on Spotify, I’ve felt so encouraged.
A lot of the lyrics hold true to the general messages found in Paul’s letter to the Romans and the letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Bible.
Specifically, I love the chorus:
“Just hold on to the promises.
“Hold on the promises.
“Jesus is alive so hold tight.
“Hold on to the promises.”
These lyrics remind me of Hebrews chapter 11, for its writer tells us of men like Abraham, David and others who had faith. By faith, these people held on to God’s promises bestowed upon them. These people saw the promises fulfilled even though they died before many of the promises came to fruition.
In this song, I’ve noticed these truths because I’ve been reading through both biblical books over the past month or so. For example, these following lyrics reference Romans 8:31-39: