How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord

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, 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 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 flame 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 then, when grey 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!”

Hampshire, England, United Kingdom

These words have been set to several hymm tunes. The most common one is 'Foundation'.

As another comment has apready pointed out, it has also bee set to 'Adeste Fideles', the same tune as "O Come All Ye Faithful". More recently, a musician called Richard Simpkin composed a new tune, which is how I first heard "How Firm a Foundation".

Wayne A Anderson

Oregonia, OH, United States

I was recently diagnosed with ALS and one of my favorite verses has become Isaiah 43:1-2 which is represented in the third and fourth stances. Does anyone know what versus the other stanzas reflect?

Sheree Hughes

Syracuse, New York, United States

He’ll never, no, never, no never forsake! I know this to be true :)

Julie Macfadden

Wrightsville, PA, United States

I love this faith building hymn!


Decatur, Illinois, United States

This song resonates with me so much this morning.

Emily Bamford

Kilsyth, United Kingdom

Beautiful words. Even more special when you have experienced them. Iam thy God and will still give you aid. Thank you Father for the reality of your promises


Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada

Singing it to "O come all ye faithful" tune tonight, excited for something new!


Le Mans, Maine, France

Beautiful hymn, nevertheless the music played on the player is not the right one.


This hymn has been a great encouragement to me through trials and through my doubts and fears! Thank you!

I do have a question-Maybe it’s a variation some do, I’m not sure, but is this song ever sung to the tune of “O Come All Ye Faithful”? I noticed that’s the tune accompanying this hymn.


Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Meditating on Colossians 1:20-23 on the APOKATALASSO. The total, absolute, complete, and full reconciliation through Jesus Christ. This hymn came to mind.

So grateful for the Father who drew me, the Spirit who convicted me, the Son who redeemed me. He has done all things well.