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 every condition, — in sickness, in health, > In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth, > At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea, — > The Lord, the Almighty, they strength e’er 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 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 flames 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 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 his foes; > That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, > I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake!”