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June 17, 2010

How Firm A Foundation

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 8:01 pm

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is an 18th-century hymn text that has happily lasted into our day. I don’t know of a single modern hymnal that uses all seven of these stanzas, but the point is clear: Even in the face of hardships of many kinds, a firm foundation for faith in Christ is found in God’s excellent word. It appears that the quotation marks indicate the promises to the believer from God’s word. As you read these familiar words, you will see where modern editors have changed things around a bit, mostly for the better. See what you think.

[Exceeding great and precious Promises—2 Peter 1:4]

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 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.”

— from John Rippon’s (1751-1836) A SELECTION OF HYMNS FROM THE BEST AUTHORS, 1787; this hymn variously attributed to Robert Keene, John Keene, Thomas Kirkham, John Keith and others (the collection of hymns only lists the author as “K——.” John Rippon served as a Baptist pastor in England for over six decades and was a principal authority on the hymns of Isaac Watts.

Blessings to all!

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky


June 5, 2010

Christ Did Die …

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 6:56 pm

Christ Did Die …

He did die. He did lay down His life. He did make His soul an offering for my sins. He did become a curse. He did endure thy infinite wrath. He did give complete satisfaction and a full compensation unto Thy justice for all my sins, debts, trespasses. This is my plea, O Lord! By this plea I shall stand.  |  Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

Dear readers are these words that you can say concerning your standing before God when He asks you – What do you think about the death of my Son?

I pray that you will think wisely about that moment.


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