Stronghold Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Rehearsal Player

Play the song with your instrument loud in the mix

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Acoustic
Keys
Bass
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Capo
Play in these Chord Shapes

Intro

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Verse 1

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I   have not my own goodness no I h ave no   pure de sire
Bbm Db/F Gb Ab Db
For You   wrote into e xistence all the   faith that Y ou req uire
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I'm not l eaning or supported I'm not h elped   up to s tand
Bbm Db/F Gb Ab Db
But I'm   carried by You   Jesus carried   in Your saving h ands

Chorus 1

Gb Ab
How I   need You just to   need You
Db/F Bbm
How I   long to never   long for another
Gb
I could have   strength I could be bold
Bbm Ab Gb
But if I have   not   Your strong hold
Gb Ab (Db)
Then I have   nothing I have n othing at   all

Turn

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Verse 2

Db Gb Ab Db
When my   own heart condemns me You are   greater than my   heart
Bbm Db/F Gb Ab Db
When the   fear is over whelming You are   greater   still by f ar
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When the   swells of doubt are rising and my   faith's a   distant th ought
Bbm Db/F Gb Ab Db
Just one   whisper from You   Jesus over comes shouts f rom the   dark

Chorus 1

Gb Ab
How I   need You just to   need You
Db/F Bbm
How I   long to never   long for another
Gb
I could have   strength I could be bold
Bbm Ab Gb
But if I have   not   Your strong hold
Gb Ab (Db)
Then I have   nothing I have n othing at   all

Bridge

Ebm Bbm
And if I could   see You if I could   touch You now
Ab Db/F
Still I would   not believe unless You   taught me how
Ebm Bbm
So my hands are   open my life is   all poured out
Ab Db/F
Is this how You   want me Lord I'm waiting   on You now
Ebm
'Cause all under standing across the earth
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Never could   lead me to what I don't deserve
Db
I needed   death and I needed birth
Ab
And had I no l onging then how would I learn

Chorus 2

Ebm Bbm
Still I want to   see You I want to   see You now
Db/F Ab
Is this how You   want me Lord I'm waiting   on You now
Gb
I could have s trength I could be bold
Bbm Ab Gb
But if I have   not   Your strong hold
Gb Ab (Db)
Then I have   nothing I have n othing at   all

Outro

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Devotional

Stronghold

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Stronghold

The song, “Stronghold”, is a reminder that even though we have nothing to offer Jesus, still He gives us everything, including faith itself. He initiates and upholds all aspects of our salvation.

“By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.” - 1 John 3:19-24


“I have not my own goodness

No, I have no pure desire

For You wrote into existence

All the faith that You require”


Compared to the beauty and goodness that is in Christ, how could we measure up? Psalm 16:2 even says that the only good in us is Christ. His righteousness is sufficient to cover over all of our sin. But because our shortcomings are ever present, it’s understandable that we try to condemn ourselves. When we focus more on what we’ve done than what God has done, our perspective can be distorted. But this encouragement from 1 John reminds us that God is even greater than our hearts. Even when we want to judge and punish ourselves, His mercy and grace hold the ultimate authority. Because of this, we have confidence before Him. 


What does He ask us to do in turn? To believe in the name of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 12, Jesus is described as the “founder and perfecter of our faith.” Even our belief is not our own. Jesus himself authored our faith so we could be in right standing with God. There’s hope for the doubter, because your faith is not your own and the work He started in you He promised to complete (Phillippians 1:6).


“How I need You just to need You

How I long to never long for another

I could have strength, I could be bold

But if I have not Your stronghold

Then I have nothing, I have nothing at all”


What a beautiful reminder of how much we simply need Jesus. Even our desire for Him has been placed in us by Him. We could have strength, confidence, and boldness, but without Christ, we really have nothing. That’s our story — a beautiful and complete dependence on Jesus. He is our stronghold, and nothing can separate us from Him.


“My hands are open

My life is all poured out

Is this how You want me, Lord?

I'm waiting on You now”


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1


This is how we’re meant to respond — with hands wide open and lives poured out as a sacrifice. Romans 12 offers us the most simple and convicting definition of worship: to offer our bodies as a literal living sacrifice. Laying down our control, our plans, and our desires, to leave room for God to have His way in us and through us. We all have questions we want answered, but sometimes the only response we’ll get is to “wait.” So we wait on the Lord, abide in Him, and trust Him to sustain us for every single day we have left. He is our stronghold, and without Him we would truly have nothing at all.