1 Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ, our head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion's help forever
and our confidence alone.
2 To this temple, where we call you,
come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
come with all your lovingkindness,
hear your people as they pray,
and your fullest benediction
shed within these walls today.
3 Here bestow on all your servants
what they seek from you to gain.
What they gain from you, forever
with the blessed to retain;
and hereafter in your glory
evermore with you to reign.
4 Praise and honor to the Father,
praise and honor to the Son,
praise and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one:
one in might and one in glory
while unending ages run!
See Matthew 16:13-20.
For the “cornerstone” in stanza 1, see Isaiah 28:16-19 and Ephesians 2:19-22.
For the “benediction” in stanza 2, see Numbers 6:22-27 and II Corinthians 13:14.
For the reign of believers, in stanza 3, see Revelation 4-5.
Stanza 4 is doxological, giving praise to all three members of the Trinity. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 8, Question and Answer 24 and 25, and Belgic Confession, Article 8 give a clear and succinct statement about the Trinity: “all three are one in truth and power, in goodness and mercy.”