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Saturday, September 02, 2006

How Firm a Foundation

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,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

In ev’ry condition—in sickness, in health,
In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea-
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, 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.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles 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 hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

E’en down to old age, all my people shall prove
My sov’reign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when gray hair shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs shall they still in my bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

This is one of my favorite hymns. It gives me encouragement, hope, and comfort. I like to memorize the words to hymns and scriptures because then I can review them and ponder them in my mind wherever I am and whatever I am doing.

What's your favorite hymn? If you want to, tell us why it's a favorite.



Anonymous Pop said...

"What more can he say than to you he hath said"

I'll be back with more later, but that line really ties in with what has been discussed in another topic.


1:44 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

I wait with bated breath! :D

That line stuck out to me, too, and probably in line with what you are thinking.

2:51 PM  
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3:15 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

By the way, Jettboy didn't say anything bad!! :D

5:53 PM  
Blogger M&M said...

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Thanks for the link to my blog. :)
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8:56 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

M&M, you're welcome. An email is on its way.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Barb said...

Oh I am so bad at saying what a favorite of mine is of a given category! I do really like "I Know that My Reedemer Lives." The melody is beautiful and the words testify that not only does Jesus live but also His roles even today in our lives!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Barb, it is hard to pick a favorite--I have lots of favorites! I love "How Great Thou Art" and "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty." And "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" is a favorite, too. And "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" and lots of others. Usually the ones that become favorites have meaningful words (at least to me) as well as beautiful music.

1:08 PM  
Blogger s'mee said...

I have to agree that picking a favorite is difficult! I like the happier, fast paced ones and insist that "There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today" be sung quite joyfully at my funeral! lol I also get hooked on the battle songs for missionary work!

I love "Hie to Kolob","Go Forth With Faith", "Dear To The Heart Of The Shepard", "Carry On", "The Day Dawn Is Breaking", "Tis Sweet To Sing the Matchless Love"

When #2 was asked his favorite scripture, so that it could be inscribed on his missionary plaque, he wrote the 7th verse to "Poor Wayfaring Man". Way cool!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Tigersue said...

I have two that I absolutely love!
Our Savior's Love and Come thou Font of Every Blessing. They touch the very core of my being. As mentioned above there are so many favorites and most of them are not sung. I am grateful they are on some of the New Tabernacle Choir CD.

If I want to go for favorite primary songs, My Heavenly Father Loves Me tops the list. Then there is a new one taught this year called "Holding Hands around the World" that has become a favorite in the primary.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Pop said...

I'll list six. "How Great Thou Art" is my favorite. Others are "Spirit of God," especially the third verse, "Redeemer of Israel," "Israel, Israel, God Is Calling" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer." From my days growing up in the "Church of Christ" which traces it's roots to the Campbellites (Anyone ever heard of Sidney Rigdon?, "Almost Persuaded," these four lines standing out--
"Almost" cannot avail
"Almost" is but to fail
Sad, sad, that bitter wail--
"Almost," but lost.

If we almost make it to the Celestial Kingdom, that means we didn't make it. There are no horse shoes in Heaven.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Those are really good hymns. I love "Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" especially when sung by a men's group--it just sounds really good that way. That was cool, s'mee, that your son wanted a verse from that hymn on his plaque.

Tigersue, I missed out on Primary, having joined the church at the ripe, old age of 21, so I don't get to hear the Primary songs very often.

Pop, we used to sing "Almost Persuaded" in the Baptist Church. I liked those lines you quoted. Worth noting.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Pop said...

Yes, I should have gone back one more step. The Campbellites broke away from the Baptist.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Stephen M (Ethesis) said...

I actually prefer the original words to the updated ones, but I enjoy the song.

4:59 AM  
Blogger s'mee said...

oooh Tigersue! I had forgot about your two favorites; which btw, are SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME (how could I forget them???)! Seriously, Come Thou!

Primary Songs ROCK! I love love love the messages within the songs. IMHO The very best pianist and chorister should ALWAYS be in Primary, the music there is SO influencial and important...Great shout out to the Primary TigerSue!

6:43 AM  

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