Words & Music by R. Kelso Carter, 1849-1928

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
II Corinthians 1:20

All of us have times in life when a crisis or problem seems larger than we can possibly bear, and we become very fearful. Often, however, the Lord has to get our attention through such an adversity to cause us once more to rely solely on Him and His promises.

Bible scholars have pointed out that the phrase "fear not" appears in the Bible 365 times--a reassuring promise for each day of the year. A daily dependence upon the divine promises is the only real remedy for our human fears. Often even well-intentioned parents make hasty promises to their children, promises they are unable to fulfill. How different are the promises of God! They are "yea and amen", the only assurances on which we can securely stand.

The author and composer, Russell Kelso Carter, was an unusually talented and versatile person. At various times in his 79 year lifetime he was an athlete, an active Methodist minister, a sheep rancher, a professor and publisher of various textbooks, and in his later years a practicing physician in Baltimore. In addition to "Standing on the Promises", Carter wrote a number of other hymn texts and tunes as well as assisting in compiling the 1891 hymnal Hymns for the Christian Life for the Christian Missionary Alliance. Mr. Carter's fruitful life reflects the truth of this hymn--that only as we stand on God's promises are we enabled to live with purpose for God's glory.

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God!

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God!

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God!

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by loveís strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spiritís sword,
Standing on the promises of God!

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spiritís call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God!

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
Iím standing on the promises of God!

*For Today*: Psalm 34:18, 55:22; II Peter 1:4

What promise are you standing on today? Claim a scriptural promise as especially for you this day. Live confidently in its truth.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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