How Firm a Foundation
By: John Rippon

How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

Fear not, I am with you, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am your God and will still give you aid;
Iíll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials your pathway will lie,
My grace, all sufficient, will be your supply.
The flames will not hurt you; I only design
Your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

Throughout all their lifetime my people will prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then when gray hairs will their temples adorn,
Like lambs they will still in my bosom be borne.

Hymn # 411 from Lutheran Worship
Author: J. Funk
Tune: Foundation
1st Published in: 1787