I Will Not Forsake You


I Will Not Forsake You

We enjoyed a good time of singing yesterday afternoon. One of the songs we sang was "I Will Not Forget Thee". The scripture given in the heading of the song is Isa. 49:15 which reads: "“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you."   I like Moses farewell speech to Israel as a better scripture reference for this song.

When Moses addressed Israel near the end of his life, he said to them:  "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).  Then he said to Joshua: "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed”  (Deuteronomy 31:8). 

God is faithful. God is eternal. God will not lie. God has indeed made a sweet promise unto His people saying: "I will not forsake you".

Jesus was called Immanuel which means "God with us" (Matt. 1:23).  Jesus promised that where 2 or 3 are gathered in his name, he is in their midst (Matt. 18:20).  When Jesus gave the Apostles the great commission, he ended by saying "… behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).  When the Lord gave assurance unto Paul He said: "Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people" (Acts 18:9-10).

God has not promised to keep us from trials and difficult situations. God has promised that He will be with us as we go through them. God is faithful to us, let us be faithful to God.


1. Sweet is the promise, "I will not forget thee;"
Nothing can molest or turn my soul away;
E'en tho' the night be dark within the valley,
Just beyond is shining an eternal day.

2. Trusting the promise, "I will not forget thee,"
Onward will I go with songs of joy and love;
Tho' earth despise me, tho' my friends forsake me,
I shall be remembered in my home above.

3. When at the golden portals I am standing,
All my tribulations, all my sorrows past,
How sweet to hear the blessed proclamation,
"Enter, faithful servant, welcome home at last."

Ch. I will not forget thee or leave thee;
In my hands I'll hold thee,
In my arms I'll fold thee;
I will not forget thee or leave thee;
I am thy redeemer, I will care for thee.

I am thy redeemer, I will care for thee.