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Hymns... Songs of Help, Hope and Healing

Pastor Scott George - January 19, 2020

Matthew 7:24-27 NIV

The Wise and Foolish Builders

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.

How Firm A Foundation

Read Between The Lines

[ Story Behind The Hymn ]

Most hymnals simply list the author of this hymn as “K” because he wanted to remain anonymous. The hymn was first published in 1787 in a hymnbook put together by John Rippon, a Baptist Minister in London. While the author remained a mystery for a while, most musicologists now agree that John Rippon’s assistant, Robert Keene, was probably the author.

The title of the hymn was “Scripture Promises,” and in that 1787 hymnbook these words from 2 Peter 1:4 were printed above the first stanza: “Great and precious promises.” Each stanza of the hymn emphasizes a different promise in God’s Word, with the great climax coming on the last verse, “The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose… I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”


Brown, Robert; Norton, Mark. The One

Year Book of Hymns: 365 Devotions

Based on Popular Hymns. Tyndale

House Publishers, Inc. 2017. page 42

You Can Live A Life of Unwavering Faith When You…

1. Rely on God’s Word for _______________________

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

2. Boldly face fears with __________________

Fear not I am with thee O be not dismayed

For I am thy God I will still give thee aid

I’ll strengthen thee help thee, and cause thee to stand

Upheld by My righteous omnipotent hand

3. Trust that God’s presence and peace will be with you in every ___________________

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.

4. Receive His grace to make you ________________

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

5. Know that God will never, never, never __________________ you

The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose

I will not I will not desert to its foes

That soul though all hell should endeavor to shake

I’ll never no never no never forsake


[ Weekly Devotion Questions ]

Read each verse from the hymn and answer each question.

1. How does God’s Word help you build a strong foundation?

2. What fears are you facing today? Read verse 2.

3. In what area do you need to trust God? Read verse 3.

4. When you are facing hardship, how does God’s presence help you? Read verse 4.

5. Explain a time when you walked through a fiery trial. What was the outcome?

6. Have you ever been discouraged or defeated? What helps you to defeat discouragement?

In case you missed them... Answers:

1. Strength

2. Courage

3. Situation

4. Better

5. Forsake