Scripture Memory Passage

Psalm 119:1: Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the

Lord!

HYMN "HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION"

Few if any hymns deal specifically with the sufficiency of Scripture, perhaps because Christians have failed to realize the great comfort and peace that this doctrine brings to the Christian life. But the first verse of the following hymn contains a statement of this doctrine. It begins by telling us that God has laid a firm foundation for our faith in his Word. Then it says, "What more can he say than to you he hath said . . .?" The rich and full promises of God throughout Scripture are sufficient for our every need in every circumstance. This should be great cause for rejoicing! The subsequent verses contain quotations, paraphrases, and allusions to promises of God that are scattered throughout Scripture, many of them from Isaiah. Verses 2-6 are all written as sentences that are spoken by God to us, and when we sing them we should think of ourselves singing the words of God's promises to others in the congregation for their comfort and encouragement. 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, You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? "Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed; I, 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, Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand. "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, 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, 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, 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, I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake." From: Rippon's Selection of Hymns 1787

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