1. 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?
2. In ev’ry condition—in sickness, in health, In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth, At home or abroad, on the land or the sea—As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.
3. 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.
4. When through the deep waters I call thee to go, The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow, For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
5. 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.
6. E’en down to old age, all my people shall prove My sov’reign, eternal, unchangeable love; And then, when gray hair shall their temples adorn, Like lambs shall they still in my bosom be borne.
7. The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
Words from Hymn #85, "How Firm A Foundation", emphasis added
This hymn is one of my favorites. I like that our stake stands every time we sing it. Normally, when I sing, I pay more attention to the musical notes and not so much to the words themselves. However, there are a few hymns that speak to me and I hear their words. They penetrate into my heart. This is one of them.
I especially pay close attention to verses 3, 4, 5 and the finale of verse 7.
With my inability now to control my emotions, anytime something is emotional to me, that tugs at my heart strings, I burst out in tears. Those particular verses do that to me. Even now as I read them, I am crying. Not sure why. 🤧
So read these words and not just as a hymn that wd sing, with the music in your head. (By the way, I removed the repetative wording so if you follow the music, it won't line up.) But read the words. Hear the words. Read them as if Heavenly Father is saying them to you. There is a reason it says to sing this "With dignity"!
"Though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!"!