1 Now I have found the firm foundation
Which holds my life forever sure;
'Twas laid before the world's creation
In Christ my Savior's wounds secure,
Foundation which unmoved shall stay
When heav'n and earth will pass away.
2 It is that mercy never ending,
Which human wisdom far transcends,
Of him who, loving arms extending,
To wretched sinners condescends.
His heart with pity still will break
Whether we seek him or forsake.
3 Our ruin God has not intended;
For our salvation he has yearned.
For this his Son to earth descended
And then again to heav'n returned;
For this so patient evermore
He's knocking at our heart's closed door.
4 O depth of love, to me revealing
The sea where my sins disappear!
In Christ my wounds find perfect healing;
There is no condemnation here!
For Jesus' blood through earth and skies
Forever "Mercy! Mercy!" cries.
5 Let mercy cause me to be willing
To bear my lot and not to fret.
While he my restless heart is stilling,
May I this mercy not forget!
Whatever comes my heart to test,
His mercy is my only rest.
6 Lord, I will stand on this foundation
As long as I on earth remain;
This will engage my meditation
While I the breath of life retain.
And then, when face to face with you,
I'll sing your mercy great and true.
Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #386
|First Line:||Now I have found the firm foundation|
|German Title:||Ich habe nun den Grund gefunden|
|Author:||Johann Andreas Rothe (1727)|
|Translator:||Gottlob Frederick Krotel (1880)|