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.
Rothe, Johann Andreas, son of Aegidius Rother, pastor at Lissa, near Görlitz, in Silesia, was born at Lissa, May 12, 1688. He entered the University of Leipzig in 1708, as a student of Theology, graduated M.A., and was then, in 1712, licensed at Gorlitz as a general preacher. In 1718 he became tutor in the family of Herr von Schweinitz at Leube, a few miles south of Gorlitz, and while there frequently preached in neighbouring churches. During 1722 Count N. L. von Zinzendorf, happening to hear him preach at Gross-Hennersdorf, was greatly pleased with him, and when the pastorate at Berthelsdorf became vacant shortly thereafter, gave him the presentation. He entered on his duties at Berthelsdorf Aug. 30, 1722. There he took a great interest i… Go to person page >
Translator: Gottlob Frederick Krotel
Gottlob Frederick Krotel, D. D., LL. D; b. 1826, Wuerttemberg, Germany. Lutheran clergyman, new York City, "Misisterium of Pennsylvania." Chief Editor of "The Lutheran"
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >
Johann Balthaser König (b. Waltershausen, near Gotha, Germany, 1691; d. Frankfurt, Germany, 1758) composed this tune, which later became associated with Johann Mentzer's hymn "O dass ich tausend Zungen hätte" (Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices). The harmonization is from the Wurttembergische Choral…
Display Title: Now I Have Found the Firm FoundationFirst Line: Now I have found the firm foundationTune Title: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE (KÖNIG)Author: Johann A. Rothe, 1688-1758Meter: 98 98 88Date: 1993Subject: Justification |Source: Translation composite
Display Title: Now I Have Found the Firm FoundationFirst Line: Now I have found the firm foundationTune Title: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTEAuthor: Johann A. Rothe, 1688-1758Meter: 98 98 88Date: 1982Subject: Justification |Source: Tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, alt.
Display Title: Now I Have Found the Firm FoundationFirst Line: Now I have found the firm foundationTune Title: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGENAuthor: Johann A. RotheMeter: 98.98.88Source: Christ-Catholisches Singe- und Bet-Büchlein, by Nikolaus L. von Zinzendorf, 1727; composite translation