Standing on the Promises


Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

Standing on the Promises is another hymn that I heard often in my youth at the Highland Park Baptish Church under the pastorate of Dr. Lee Roberson. I do not hear the song nearly enough in our current time. It has simple yet very true and very needed lyrics. How much we need to be reminded that the promises of God will always hold true for the glory of God (2 Cor. 1:20) and that we not only can stand on them but that we should stand on them.

Consider just a few of the promises of God. From the beginning God promised a redeemer and God sent him in the form of a man, his only begotten son, Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1-2). Acts 13:30 tells us: God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Because of the already-met promise, we that believe in the Son of God are the children of promise (Gal 4:28). Ephesians 1:13 says In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. God has promised us a life in Christ while here on Earth (1 Tim 4:8, 2 Tim 1:1). He has promised good things for his people (1 Chr 17:26, Jer 32:42). Hebrews 13:5 tells believers that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. Phillippians 4:19 says But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. The Lord has promised his care; 1 Peter 5:7 tells us Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

God has promised to come again (2 Pet 3:9-10, 1 This 4:16-18). He said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:11

God has promised eternal life (Heb 9:15). Titus 1:5 tells us In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. 1 John 2:25 says And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. God has promised a home his children a home in Heaven (John 14: 1-2). James 2:5 states Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? He has promised the crown of life to those that love him (James 1:12).

With the promises God has commanded believers to stand fast in the Lord (Phil 4:1, 2 Thes 2:15). In fact, we are further promised we will really live (in God’s will) if we stand fast in the Lord (1 Thes 3:8). He asked us to stand so that He will speak to us (Exek 2:1). God wants us to stand in order to not be entanlged in the bondage of sin (Gal 5:1). He wants us to stand against the wiles of the devil, the darkness of the world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:11-20). We cannot stand in our own strength but by faith in Christ (1 Cor 16;13, 2 Cor 1:24) and by the grace of God (Romans 5:2). We stand on the Gospel of Christ with which we are saved (1 Cor 15:1-2).

We are to stand in the church, in the sactuary to preach the way to God (Jer 26:2, Ezek 11:44, Hab 2:2, Mark 16:15). We are to stand in the gap between God and man (Ezek 22:30). We are to stand in the way and ask for the old paths which is the good way, the way to rest for our souls.

Russell K. Carter, teacher, Methodist minister and medical doctor wrote the lyrics to Standing on the Promises in 1886. It has remained a timeless testimony to God’s promises.

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.

Refrain: Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m 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 love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

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2 Responses to Standing on the Promises

  1. rcottrill says:

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns–and Happy New Year. Great article! (You’re right. We don’t sing Kelso Carter’s song enough.) And what a great hymn to begin 2011! Whatever circumstances come our way, we do need to keep “standing on the promises” God has made in His holy Word. If you want to learn a bit more about this hymn, check out my blog for today. God bless.

  2. Pingback: Jesus is Precious | Hymns in My Heart

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