One of the first songs that I introduced at Sovereign Hope was a song written by Dustin Kensrue called "My One Comfort". In it we find the truth of the costly purchase of our salvation, the reality of our identity being found in Christ, and our hope that the Holy Spirit's work in us will lead us to persevere.

Here's the song:


My one comfort, both in life and death,
is that I am not my own.
I was bought with blood and I confess
"I belong to you alone".

By the Father's good decree
Jesus, you've delivered me.
By your spirit, set me free to follow you.

Jesus, you have taken hold of me
and in your grip of grace I'm finally free.

The Heidelberg Catechism

It would be impossible to discuss the content of "My One Comfort" without taking a look at the text that has supplied the themes, ideas, and even lyrics found in the song. The Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, is a Protestant confession of essential doctrine that follows a question and answer format. The first question it asks is "What is thy only comfort in life and death?”. Let's read it together and find not only our song in its verses, but the permeating truth of scripture.

Question 1
What is thy only comfort in life and death?
That I with body and soul, both in life and death,
(Romans 14:7-8)
am not my own,
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;
(1 Corinthians 3:23; Titus 2:14)
who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins,
(1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:2,12)
and delivered me from all the power of the devil;
(Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8; John 8:34-36)
and so preserves me
(John 6:39; John 10:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Peter 1:5)
that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;
(Matthew 10:29-31; Luke 21:18)
yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation,
(Romans 8:28)
and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,
(2 Corinthians 1:20-22; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:16)
and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.
(Romans 8:14; 1 John 3:3)

Old Words for New Ears

The words of this confession and the scriptural truths that are proclaimed are robust and good for our souls. While we ever move forward in style and instrumentation, this song is proof that there is a large well to draw from, created by saints that have gone before us. Even more encouraging for our personal worship is the well of scripture that will never run dry. May our songs and praise always be grown near streams of living water that satisfy every thirst. (John 7:37-38)

Jonny Kiedrowski

Jonny Kiedrowski joined the staff of Sovereign Hope Church in the fall of 2014. He and his wife Jessica moved to Montana after serving in full-time ministry in New York City for seven years. Jonny oversees the worship ministry at Sovereign Hope Church and he writes songs for Sovereign Hope Music. He is passionate about using music to help our church know and respond to what God has done in the gospel of Jesus. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied music production before graduating from Liberty University with a degree in Worship and Music Ministry. Jonny and his wife Jessica were married in 2007 and have two sons, Jackson (2009) and Ezra (2017), and a daughter, Averie (2013).