How Firm a Foundation
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “How Firm a Foundation”

How Firm a FoundationIn Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.

How Firm a Foundation

From “A Se­lect­ion of Hymns from the Best Au­thors,” by John Rip­pon, 1787; at­trib­ut­ed var­i­ous­ly to John Keene, Kirk­ham, and John Keith.

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.”

How Firm a Foundation“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, 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 should that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, through all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

Amen.


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  • Beautiful Hymn you share here. What a marvelous depiction of our Savior. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Thank you! I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings as well. 😀

  • Absolutely my favorite hymn! “What more can He say than to you He has said?” Truly God’s Word is all we need.

  • Thank you for sharing this. I love old hymns and my choir in college sang “How Firm a Foundation” when we were existing a time of ministry in a church.

  • Another one of my favorites! It brings back memories of my childhood church’s radio program and Dr. Vernon McGee’s Through The Bible program. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

    • My Dad used to listen to Dr. McGee on the radio when I was growing up!

  • Christin Baker

    What a wonderful hymn! I am so glad that we can stand on the firm foundation of our Lord! The third stanza is my favorite. 🙂 Visiting from Holley Gerth’s link-up!

  • This is one of my very favorite hymns. I have many favorites, but this one is really near the top. The words are wonderful and so encouraging.

    Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #threewordwednesday!

  • Kathleen Ann Guinn

    Visiting you from Five Minute Friday, and I like the idea of sharing hymns of the faith. I’ve always loved music and found that it really ministers to me. Thanks for sharing many important truths on your site.

  • How Firm a Foundation is one of my favorite hymns, and I believe it has so much pertinence for Christians living in these days.

    My favorite verse of the hymn alludes to one of my favorite Scripture verses, Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, For I am thy God and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”

    Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    This was the perfect choice of hymns for me to read this week. November has been a trial of a month, it seems that every time we turn around something else is going wrong, missing, broken, or one of us are sick. It is such a comfort to us that we are not going through this alone, thanks for sharing these words.

  • Jann Olson

    One of my favorite hymns that we sing often in our church. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • Oh, I love that hymn! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

  • Reading, not just singing, the hymns is like a holy occupation. I love how deep they go and how wide is the blessing of their healing on the soul. This verse caused me to pause today, “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.” It made me think of a conversation my sister-in-law and I have been having about praising God through the trials. And the deep waters, that He calls us into, He only calls because HE is there with us. Thanks for sharing that at the #GraceMoments Link Up.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  • I love the rich old hymns … so full of good theology!