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Sunday, May 29, 2005

How Firm a Foundation

How Firm a Foundation

Words by John Rippon, 1787, hence public domain; tune most commonly used by Joseph Funk, 1832

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

1 comment:

Michael Brown said...

I was a kid when monaural hi-fi with its 24 hour timer set to go on in the morning would wake us up to a few lines of this hymn, hearlding "Through the Bible" with J. Vernon McGee. McGee has been absent from the body some 15 years, but his radio show continues to grow, being built on a Firm Foundation.

I don't think anyone is writing hymns like these anymore. Even modern Christians seem anxious to have them permantly forgotten.