Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8
Today’s Song Story
How Firm a Foundation
John Rippon was pastor of Carter’s Lane Baptist Church in London for more than half a century. Rippon loved hymns, and his hymnal, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, became a best-seller among Baptist churches in England and America.
You would think that a title touting "Best Authors" would be careful to acknowledge the author’s names. However, this hymn –– "How Firm a Foundation" –– had only the initial K where the author’s name should be. We think that the author was Robert Keene, the music director for Rippon’s congregation –– but we can’t be sure.
In most hymnals, quotation marks enclose all the words except verse 1. That is because most of the words are quoted from the Bible –– a line from here and another from there. The hymn relates a series of Godly assurances. "Fear not, I am with thee," it says –– and then promises, "When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply."
This has been an exceedingly popular hymn. At Robert E. Lee’s request, it was sung at his funeral. It was also one of Theodore Roosevelt’s favourites, and was sung at his funeral. But it shouldn’t be reserved for funerals, because its assurance of God’s help meets our needs through every chapter of our lives.
–– Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan
- 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—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
- “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 gracious, omnipotent hand.
- “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble 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 harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
- “The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
Today’s Worship Songs
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No One Like You – David Crowder
Open Up the Sky – FFH
Lion – Rebecca St. James
Worth It All Meredith Andrews
Into Our Midst – BDA
Ancient Words – Michael W. Smith
Lord You Have My Heart – Delirious?
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