|In every season of life, God is our refuge.|
I read an article recently that says music isn't forgotten in Alzheimer's disease. It occurred to me that if I memorize the lyrics of this hymn, then maybe, time and age won't rob me of the Scriptural comfort it contains! This is the same premise behind the devotional I wrote for my mom, which includes the lyrics to familiar hymns with each devotion. Mom still can recall the word to many hymns even now, 15 years into her Alzheimer's journey.
Throughout Lent I'll be posting stanzas to this beautiful hymn with accompanying Scripture references.
Scripture for Stanza 1 of How Firm a Foundation
(See the lyrics to stanza 1 in the meme at the beginning of this post)
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89:14
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised...
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Information on the hymn here: read about How Firm a Foundation at hymntime.com.
A lovely recording of the hymn: