Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Living Stone

On Christ salvation rests secure;
The Rock of ages must endure;
Nor can that faith be overthrown
Which rests upon the "Living Stone".

No other hope shall intervene:
To Him we look, on Him we lean;
Other foundations we disown,
And build on Christ, the "Living Stone".

In Him it is ordained to raise
A temple to the Father's praise,
Composed of all the saints who own
No Saviour but the "Living Stone".

View the vast building, see it rise;
The work how great, the plan how wise!
Oh, wondrous fabric, power unknown
That rears it on the "Living Stone"!

But most adore His precious name,
His glory and His grace proclaim:
For us, condemned, despised, undone,
He gave Himself, the "Living Stone".

Samuel Medley, (1738-1799).
as posted on Song To The Lamb 17 Apr 2008


Anonymous said...

I believe Samuel Medley also wrote "I know that My Redeemer Lives". I'm having trouble finding the tune (one the internet) of "The Living Stone." Thanks.

Bro. Anon

R. L. Vaughn said...

Yes, Medley wrote "I know that My Redeemer Lives." "The Living Stone" is a hymn I like, but not one I commonly hear sung.

For tunes "The Living Stone" can be sung to, go to Cyber Hymnal meter index and then click on "LM". Any tunes on that page should work metrically, though some will not be as pleasing a combination as others.

Some I am familiar with are:
102. Devotion
104. Distress
109. Duke Street
156. Hamburg
256. Old Hundred
302. Sessions
366. Uxbridge

I think "Duke Street" is sometimes used with "I know that My Redeemer Lives."