For other foundation can no man lay
than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11
The words to this song have been
such a blessing to me over the years.
The author of “How Firm a Foundation” is unknown.
Various hymnals credit it to different authors,
but history remains unclear on exactly who wrote it.
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?
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.
How reassuring to know, that if we have made
Jesus the foundation of our life,
we can depend on Him to keep and protect us.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:
for it was founded upon a rock.
Notice, the song doesn’t say “if”
you go through
deep water and fiery trials,
but “when” and
His grace is sufficient for
whatever we face.
Especially dear to me are the lines,
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God…”
“That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
It is so sweet to be able to trust Him!
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
I am including a couple cards I made this week.