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Now I have found a firm foundation

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Now I have found the firm foundation
Which holds mine anchor ever sure;
íTwas laid before the worldís creation
In Christ my Saviorís wounds secure;
Foundation which unmoved shall stay
When Heavín and earth will pass away.

It is that mercy never ending
Which human wisdom far transcends,
Of Him Who, loving arms extending,
To wretched sinners condescends;
Whose heart with pity still doth break
Whether we seek Him or forsake.

Our ruin God hath not intended,
For our salvation He hath yearned;
For this His Son to earth descended
And then to Heavín again returned;
For this so patient evermore
He knocketh at our heartís closed door.

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 Jesusí blood through earth and skies
Forever ďMercy! Mercy!" cries.

I never will forget this crying;
In faith Iíll trust it all my days,
And when oíer all my sins Iím sighing,
Into the Fatherís heart Iíll gaze;
For there is always to be found
Free mercy without end and bound.

Though I be robbed of every pleasure
That makes my soul and body glad
And be deprived of earthly treasure
And be forsaken, lone, and sad,
Though my desire for help seem vain,
His mercy shall with me remain.

Though earthly trials should oppress me
And cares from day to day increase;
Though earthís vain things should sore distress me
And rob me of my Saviorís peace;
Though I be brought down to the dust,
Still in His mercy I will trust.

When all my deeds I am reviewing,
The deeds that I admire the most,
I find in all my thought and doing
That there is naught whereof to boast.
Yet this sweet comfort shall abideó
In mercy I can still confide.

Let mercy cause me to be willing
To bear my lot and not to fret.
While He my restless heart is stilling,
May I His mercy not forget!
Come weal, come woe, my heart to test,
His mercy is my only rest.

Iíll stand upon this firm foundation
As long as I on earth remain;
This shall engage my meditation
While I the breath of life retain;
And then, when face to face with Thee,
Iíll sing of mercy, great and free.


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