How Firm A Foundation is another great, timeless hymn. It was originally published under the title, “Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises.”
Verse 1 is the introduction. God has revealed Himself through His word and believers can find a firm foundation for their faith in His word. The rest of the hymn is taken from promises found in the Bible.
Verse 2: Isaiah 41:10
Verse 3: Isaiah 43:2-3
Verse 4: 2 Cor. 12:9
Verse 5: Hebrews 13:5
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 has said
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, O 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 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 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.
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”