A HYMN FOR TODAY – How Firm a Foundation


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?

“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 gracious, omnipotent hand.”

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

“When through fiery trials thy pathway 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.”

“E’en down to old age all My people shall prove
My sov’reign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when graying hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.”

“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” – Rippon’s Selection of Hymns (1787)

Tune: FOUNDATION – Funk’s Genuine Church Music, 1832
arr. Rigdon M. McIntosh, 1866

#400 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012


2 thoughts on “A HYMN FOR TODAY – How Firm a Foundation

    • Sorry, but no. We have some William Billings and several from the Fasola tradition (Ananais Davisson’s Kentucky Harmony and other Sacred Harp or Southern Harmony) plus other early American hymnists (e.g., David Nelson). There were many others we we wanted to include but had to be quite selective. I liked and reblogged your post on Jenks — the genre of his book and the singing schools were fairly common at the time. Thanks for asking!

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