Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Song

How Firm a Foundation
Rippon's Selection of Hymns

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. O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, And cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, Omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials Thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, Shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus Hath 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.

John Rippon was a Baptist preacher for 63 years beginning in 1775. He had a great love of hymns and had a vision to have them in bound into a hymnal. He got his wish in 1787 and was thrilled to discover that it was a big hit, especially with Baptist churches. No one knows the true author of this hymn because it was signed, "K". The original title was "Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises" and it is no wonder why. The author composed each stanza based on a promise from God's Word. Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:2, 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Hebrews 13:5 are just a few examples. See if you can tell which line they represent.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

8 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Beautiful song!

randee said...

i sooo love your sunday posts.

the first thing i do when i get home from church each sunday, is check my emails & read your post.

i sing along as they are all songs i've grown up with & we still sing.

it's great to read the history behind the songs, too. some i knew & many i didn't (the history, that is).

i love your decorating style & appreciate the many ideas you share.

blessings -

Cherry Tree Lane said...

I look forward to this each and every Sunday.
Praise the Lord!

Glitter and Bliss said...

I love the old songs. Our church a very contemporary...which I enjoy too...but the old hymns are the best!!!

Alex and Jill said...

Why can't I remember the tune to this song??? I recognize the words but can't remember the tune and it's driving me crazy! LOL Wonderful lyrics.

Gail said...

I always learn something new with the songs you post- I enjoy it!

Looking forward to your Spring and Easter decorations :)

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

One of my favorites!

Kasey said...

beautiful.
*sigh*
xoxo