How Firm a Foundation Lyrics, Story, and Video

How Firm a Foundation Lyrics

1 How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in God’s excellent Word!
What more can be said than to you God hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2 “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 righteous, omnipotent hand.

3 “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
for I will be near thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

4 “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.

5 “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.”

How Firm a Foundation Hymn Story

The authorship of “How Firm a Foundation” is still in dispute with at least three names mentioned as authors. It was first published in 1787 by John Rippon in “A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors”.

Rippon attributes the song to “K”. No one knows who this “K” was, but some think that it was Robert Keene who was a member of the same church as Rippon.

Robert Keene was the music director at Carter Lane Baptist Church in London where John Rippon was the pastor. That link strengthens the possible identification of “K” as Robert Keene but as I said no one knows for sure.

Another author who has been suggested is George Keith. Unfortunately, little is known of him other than that he was a publisher and composer of hymns.

John Rippon - How Firm a Foundation publisher
John Rippon

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