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By Request, ‘How Firm a Foundation’

Requested by Joshua: How Firm a Foundation, sung by Francis Ortega.

I have to admit I was feeling a little overwhelmed, this morning, by all the bad nooze out there. They really are purposely trying to destroy our civilization.

But this hymn is a tonic. Drink up and get back to work! We have a war to win for our King.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

How Firm a Foundation was published in 1787. In our church we sung it to the tune of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” but I think we must have been the only ones to do that.

Performed here the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

This is a superb rendition, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, of How Firm a Foundation. In our old church it was sung to the tune of O Come All Ye Faithful, but that seems to have been an unusual choice.

‘How Firm a Foundation’ (Norton Hall Band)

If there’s a hymn with more inspiring lyrics than How Firm a Foundation, I don’t know what it is. This performance is by the Norton Hall Band, at Southern Seminary. Relax and get into it.

Hello to new viewers out there! We like to start every day around here with a hymn, and we love to take your hymn requests. Just “Leave a Comment,” stating whatever hymn you’d like to see posted here, and we’ll do the rest.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

In my church this hymn was sung to the melody that usually goes with O Come, All Ye Faithful. That church is gone: the building remains, but the spirit is gone out of it.

I don’t know who this is, singing How Firm a Foundation, otherwise I’d give due credit. Whoever they are, this brought a tear to my eye.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

In the Dutch Reformed Church in which I was raised, we sang this hymn to the melody of O Come All Ye Faithful. Then it was like getting an extra Christmas. But try as I might, I just can’t find any melody for How Firm a Foundation other than the one used here.

I think our hymnal said this was originally an old Portuguese hymn, but maybe my memory’s at fault. Be that as it may, give God the glory.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

In my old church that is no more, we sang this hymn to the melody of “O, Come, All Ye Faithful”–but I have a feeling that this melody, here, is more usual.

This is a beautiful performance. I’d like to know who sang this, but that information, I couldn’t find. But thank you, whoever you are.

By Request, ‘How Firm a Foundation’ (Encore)

This is not the first time someone’s asked for this hymn, and it won’t  be the last.

A fine way to start off the day.

By Request, ‘How Firm a Foundation’

In the old Dutch Reformed Church, in which I grew up, but is no more, this hymn was sung to the melody of O, Come, All Ye Faithful. We have it here by request.

I have received a lot of requests for hymns today, which pleases me, and I’m saying yes to all of them. It may take me a few days, though, to get them all in. So if you don’t see the hymn you asked for right away, it’s all right–I will get to it.

I never thought I’d be doing this, on this blog: but I’m pretty sure it’s the right thing to do, and pleasing to God.

Hymn: ‘How Firm a Foundation’

For many Christians this hymn has another tune. But in the church I grew up in, which no longer exists, How Firm a Foundation was sung to the tune of a Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful.

This, above, is the only example of it I could find. Yes, it’s only a piano playing. There is something to be said for simplicity: I believe the Lord likes it.

So find a magnifying glass for the lyrics, and sing along.

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