How Firm A Foundation was believed to have been written by a Mr. John Rippon, though it has also been attributed to various other hymn writers. Mr. Rippon attended the Baptist College in Bristol, England and later served as the pastor of a Baptist church in London. In 1787, Mr. Rippon published his popular hymn book entitled A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors in which this hymn was found. Mr. Rippon died at the age of 85 in Surrey, England.
This beautiful hymn has been the favorites of many presidents and famous people. And it is easy to see why as this is a stirring and comforting hymn! This hymn reminds us of how God guides and protects us through life’s long journey and ends with a resounding statement of faith in He who we put our trust and faith in. Enjoy learning it!
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.