846. Fight the Good Fight

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1 Fight the good fight with all thy might.
Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right.
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
thy joy and crown eternally.

2 Run the straight race through God's good grace;
lift up thine eyes, and seek Christ's face.
Life with its way before us lies;
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.

3 Cast care aside; lean on thy guide.
God's boundless mercy will provide.
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.

4 Faint not nor fear: God's arms are near.
God changeth not, and thou art dear.
Only believe, and thou shalt see
that Christ is all in all to thee.

Text Information
First Line: Fight the good fight with all thy might
Title: Fight the Good Fight
Author: John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1863, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Psalm 25:15; Psalm 27:8; Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 40:21-31; Malachi 3:6; Mark 5:36; Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:57-58; Ephesians 6:10-20; Philippians 1:27-30; Philippians 3:14; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 10:23; Hebrews 12:1-2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:7-9; Revelation 2:10
Topic: Faith; Grace; Living in Christ (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): John Hatton (1793 c.)
Meter: LM
Key: D Major

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The opening phrase here (based on 1 Timothy 6:12) is not a military image but an athletic one, from a Greek verb meaning “struggle” or “grapple” or “wrestle.” The sports context continues in later stanzas reflecting the experience of a runner (recalling Hebrews 12:1-2)

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