Bill Gaither + I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief

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Riley Johnson

Updated

February 20, 2024

Updated

February 20, 2024

Updated

February 20, 2024

In 1990, Grammy award-winning singer Bill Gaither released his breakout gospel hit “I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief” as part of his album A Few Good Men.

“I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief” is among the best-written songs Gaither and his wife Gloria had ever released. It is a song that has touched many Christians’ hearts through the decades. 

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So wonderful that it has been sung in churches and worship events all over the world. Although it didn’t land on any musical charts, it’s nonetheless considered one of Bill Gaither’s greatest hits. 

Aside from its heartfelt tune, the timeless wisdom Gaither and his wife put into the song’s lyrics is also worth noting. Let’s find out the real soulful meaning behind this classic hit. 

Meaning Behind the Song

“I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief” is a powerful song about the paradoxical nature of faith. It encapsulates the struggle between having faith and doubt as people face uncertainties that challenge their belief in God. 

It was inspired by the Biblical verse in the book of Mark 9:24 that says, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!'”

In that passage, a father comes to Jesus seeking a cure for his son, who is afflicted by a demon. He declares his faith in Jesus while also admitting that he has doubts. That is when he said, “I believe, help my unbelief.” In response, Jesus shows His might and kindness by curing the kid.

This song is a reminder for us to surrender all our worries to Him, as it is Him who can help us through our struggles no matter how big or small it is. All it takes is for you to say, “I believe.”

So, if you want to listen to Bill Gaither’s hit gospel song “I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief,” you can watch his performance below. 


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