How Firm a Foundation was written mysteriously by "K," and was found in the hymnbook Rippon's Hymns, in 1787.
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"How Firm a Foundation" appeared in print in 1787 in preacher John Rippon’s book, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. A century later, on Christmas Eve of 1898, it was sung out of the souls of soldiers in their camps during the Spanish-American War.
It’s an anonymous anthem—people can’t say for sure who wrote it. However, many attribute it to...
Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
How firm a foundation,
ye saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith
in his excellent Word.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”