Friday, January 23, 2009

how firm a foundation

I came across lyrics to an old hymn the other day that I absolutely love. I have no idea how the hymn actually sounds . . . but I resonated with the words.

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 -
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Fear not, I am with thee, 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 call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble 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 harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I never, no never, no never forsake.

(John Keith, 1787, public domain)

I just fell in love with these words as I read them and saw the incredible truth contained in them. God is with us in everything we go through. We are never alone! He never leaves us!

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