Today I want to share with you a song that has been on my heart this week. I’m finding myself humming its melody and singing its lyrics. It’s a song published in 1787 from John Rippon’s Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. No one is really sure who actually penned the words, but the melody is attributed to Joseph Funk from 1832. The song I’m talking about is “How Firm a Foundation.”
Worship the Lord with this great hymn of the faith!
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 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.
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.