How Firm a Foundation

by Steve and Danny Thompson

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A soothing blend of gentle vocals, classical guitar, cello, violin, and piano, combined to create an uplifting moment of quiet rest in the contemplation of biblical truth. How Firm a Foundation is a collection of several great hymns of the Christian faith set to fitting, original melodies.

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released October 11, 2010

Music on all tracks except "For the Beauty of the Earth" is the original composition of Steve and Danny Thompson. Guitars and programming: Steve and Danny Thompson; Piano and bass: Dan Kamp; Violin and cello: Dave Wilson; Produced by Steve Thompson, Danny Thompson, and Jeff Smith; Mixed and mastered by Jeff Smith at Studio 2100, Springfield, MO; Album photography: Sarah "Chela" Thompson.

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Track Name: How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place
How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
The tabernacles of thy grace
How pleasant, Lord, they be!
My thirsty soul longs ardently,
Within thy courts to be;
My very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for thee.

Beside thine altars, gracious Lord,
The swallows find a nest;
How happy they who dwell with thee
And praise thee without rest,
How blessed are they who thus reside
In this thy house of praise;
They who for strength in thee abide,
And greatly love thy ways.

They pass the sad and thirsty vale
Of this world’s barren ground
As though it were a fruitful dale
Where springs and showers abound.
They journey on from strength to strength,
With joy and grateful cheer,
Till all before our God at length
In Zion shall appear.

For God the Lord, our sun and shield,
Gives grace and glory bright;
No good from them shall be withheld
Whose ways, with God, are right.
Track Name: For the Beauty of the Earth
For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the Church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For thyself best gift divine,
To our race so freely given,
For that great, great love of thine,
Peace on earth and joy in Heaven.
Lord of all, to thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Folliot S. Pierpoint
Track Name: How Firm a Foundation
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

John Rippon’s Selection of Hymns
Track Name: O for a Thousand Tongues
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of your name.

If I had a thousand tongues
It would never be enough
To give you the glory due your name.

Jesus! the name that calms my fears,
That bids my sorrows cease;
It’s music in the sinner’s ears,
It’s life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

If I had a thousand tongues
It would never be enough
To give you the glory due your name.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise.

Charles Wesley & Steve Thompson
Track Name: Depth of Mercy
Depth of mercy! Can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God his wrath forbear,
And the chief of sinners spare?
I have long withstood his grace,
Long provoked him to his face;
Would not hear his gracious calls,
Grieved him by a thousand falls.

I my Master have denied,
I afresh have crucified,
And profaned his hallowed name,
Put him to an open shame.
Why for me this waste of love?
Ask my Advocate above!
See the cause in Jesus’ face,
Now before the throne of grace.

Jesus, answer from above,
Is not all thy nature love?
Wilt thou not the wrong forget?
Lo, I fall before thy feet.
Now incline me to repent,
Let me now my sins lament,
Deeply my revolt deplore,
Weep, believe, and sin no more.

Charles Wesley
Track Name: Nothing but the Blood
What can wash away my sin?
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome;
Now by this I’ll reach my home,
Nothing but the blood
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Robert Lowry
Track Name: Romans 6
How great your mercy, how great your love, 
Marvelous grace, dwelling in me— 
Why does my soul long for more, 
Rather than bless your name? 

Shall I continue living in sin, 
That if I sin grace may abound? 
No, never, no—let my soul 
Forever bless your name. 

Now I am risen, now I am free, 
Alive in Christ who lives in me. 
O let my soul praise the Lord, 
Forever bless his name. 

Danny Thompson
Track Name: He Keeps Me Singing
There’s within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
“Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
In all of life’s ebb and flow.”

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Sweetest name I know,
Fills my every longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.
He keeps me singing as I go, as I go, as I go.
He keeps me singing as I go, as I go, as I go.

All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
Discord filled my heart with pain,
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
Stirred the slumbering chords again.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Sweetest Name I know,
Fills my every longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.
He keeps me singing as I go, as I go, as I go.
He keeps me singing as I go, as I go, as I go.

Luther Bridgers
Track Name: The Old Rugged Cross (feat. Dave Wilson)
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
Such a wonderful beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where his glory forever I’ll share.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

George Bennard
Track Name: Abide with Us Our Savior
Abide with us, our Savior,
Nor let thy mercy cease;
From Satan’s might defend us,
And grant our souls release.

Abide with us, our Savior,
Sustain us by thy word,
That we may now and ever
Find peace in thee, O Lord.

Abide with us, our Savior,
Thou light of endless light;
Increase to us thy blessing,
And save us by thy might.

Amen, amen.

May the Grace of Christ our Savior,
And the Father’s boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit’s favor
Rest upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess in sweet communion
Joys which earth cannot afford.

Amen, amen. 

Joshua Stegmann & John Newton