I was reminded of an old hymn yesterday that I haven’t thought about for a very long time.
Haldor Lillenas wrote an estimated 4,000 songs, including one of my personal favorites, “Wonderful Grace of Jesus.” (Follow the link to hear the best version of this as sung by my all-time favorite group, The Cathedrals.)
In 1917, Lillenas wrote what has come to be a favorite hymn for many traditional Protestants, “The Bible Stands.”
In this age when absolutes are ignored and truth is no longer searched out; when churches are teaching everything except the Bible in order to “earn a hearing;” when even so-called pastors are to redefining the message of the Scriptures, may God’s people return to the only source of truth and absolute authority in this world.
1. The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.
2. The Bible stands like a mountain towering
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.
3. The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.
4. The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.
The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.